Fflewddur Fflam is the ninth chapter of The Book of Three. Here a new major protagonist is introduced and another reappears, as the newly formed Companions are bound together by loss and uncertainty for the future.
PlotTaran, alarmed at finding the wrong man awaiting him alongside Melyngar, tried to chop at Fflewddur Fflam, who called for a truce. Taran despaired over the presumed death of Prince Gwydion, and blamed Eilonwy for intentionally bringing it about. As the girl explained the matter, Taran saw it is his own fault for not being clear about whom he intended her to rescue. Cauldron-Born still be at large, and to rest for the night before deciding on a course of action.
At the campsite Gurgi appeared, looking for 'crunchings and munchings' and reporting of greater numbers in the valley. Taran brought Fflewddur up to speed on the matter of the Horned King, and recalled his own quest to find Hen Wen.
With all his questions left unresolved, Taran fell into tormented sleep.
|The Book of Three|
|1. The Assistant Pig-Keeper | 2. The Mask of the King | 3. Gurgi | 4. The Gwythaints | 5. The Broken Sword | 6. Eilonwy | 7. The Trap | 8. The Barrow | 9. Fflewddur Fflam | 10. The Sword Dyrnwyn | 11. Flight Through the Hills | 12. The Wolves | 13. The Hidden Valley | 14. The Black Lake | 15. King Eiddileg | 16. Doli | 17. The Fledgling | 18. The Flame of Dyrnwyn | 19. The Secret | 20. Welcomes|