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Shadows is the fourth chapter of The Castle of Llyr. It develops an air of mystery and increases the danger to the heroine, again placing the hero in an uncomfortable position between his keeping a sworn secret and his wish to reveal the truth for her safety's sake. Bumbling, accidents and mistakes seem to take part in the plot development as well.

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Fflewddur

Plot

At a royal dinner party in Dinas Rhydnant, Fflewddur Fflam played his harp; afterward, Taran tried to convince the bard to sleep indoors, but wanting no trouble with Magg the Chief Steward, the bard retired to the stables. Taran set Gurgi and Kaw at the door to Princess Eilonwy's chamber to look out for danger. He then went out to the stables, looking for Gwydion who was disguied as a lowly shoemaker; instead he ran into Prince Rhun.
Chief Steward
After parting ways with the cheerful but clueless princeling, Taran glimpsed a figure moving in the shadows of the courtyard. Thinking it might be Eilonwy, Taran pursued the mysterious figure outside the castle and quickly realized it was Magg. On a rocky slope by the seashore,
Dark-sea-coast
Taran watched as Magg sent torch signals to a ship moored out in the bay. Gwydion appeared to stifle Taran's further pursuit, and explained that Achren was aboard that ship and that "the game [was] not played out". Back at the castle and from outside the Steward's window, Taran watched Magg brandish a dagger, grimacing, before turning to admire himself in the mirror. At Eilonwy's chamber Taran relieved Gurgi, but when the Princess awakened and found the Assistant Pig-Keeper on her threshold, she was displeased and walked away to breakfast. Trying to pursue her, Taran was intercepted once again by Rhun, who bumbled about before Taran moved on to the Great Hall... where Eilonwy was nowhere to be seen. Nor was Magg.
The Castle of Llyr
1. Prince Rhun | 2. Dinas Rhydnant | 3. The Shoemaker | 4. Shadows | 5. The Oath | 6. The Potions of Glew | 7. The Lair of Llyan | 8. The Harp of Fflewddur | 9. The Luck of Rhun | 10. The Cavern | 11. King of the Stones | 12. The Tomb | 13. The Ladder | 14. The Empty Book | 15. The Island | 16. A Meeting of Strangers | 17. The Spells of Caer Colur | 18. The Golden Pelydryn | 19. The Flood | 20. The Pledge
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