A Frog is the sixth chapter of Taran Wanderer. Here a new region of the land is explored, a strange item is discovered, and two old friends are encountered -- one of them in a very odd form. The theme of matters being otherwise from what they seem finds at least two echoes here.
PlotTaran, Gurgi and Fflewddur Fflam left the Valley Cantrevs and entered the Hill Cantrevs. These had once been rich sheep-rearing lands, but after Arawn Death-Lord stole men's means of tilling the earth the region had become overgrown with dense forest. Kaw soon returned and reported that Princess Eilonwy was still unhappy with her education at Dinas Rhydnant. The mischievous crow then stole Fflewddur's harp key and dropped it into a high oak Companions found only a sliver of polished bone, wrapped in leather. Fflewddur became anxious, certain the object was enchanted, and Taran had Gurgi return the sliver and its coffer to the hollow.
Soon along their path, Fflewddur's giant cat Llyan came up with a "present" for her rider: a large yellow-and-green frog. The frog was barely alive, looking dried up and near death; it made strange noises and, as Taran brought the creature closer to his ear, he realized: "It's Doli!"
|1. Who Am I? | 2. Cantrev Cadiffor | 3. Goryon and Gast | 4. A Matter of Cows | 5. A Judgement | 6. A Frog | 7. Friends in Danger | 8. The Wall of Thorns | 9. The Hand of Morda | 10. The Broken Spell | 11. Dorath | 12. The Wager | 13. The Lost Lamb | 14. The End of Summer | 15. The Open Cage | 16. Taran Wanderer | 17. The Weir | 18. The Free Commots | 19. The Potter's Wheel | 20. The Spoilers | 21. The Mirror|