The Messengers is the eighth chapter of The High King. Here the unique point of view of an animal companion takes center stage even as the plot is advanced by the subtle revelation of the enemy's movements and intentions.
PlotKaw the crow flew from Caer Dallben to Annuvin at Taran's request, and in the Forest of Idris overheard Huntsmen of Annuvin discussing Caer Dathyl. Almost as soon as he had overheard this vital clue to Arawn's intentions, however, three gwythaints descended on Kaw from the sky and, though he outsmarted them by feigning confusion and then streaked away in a valley of Medwyn, where all animals intuitively knew to go when injured or distressed. Medwyn heard Kaw's tale and sent the wolves Brynach and Briavael, and the eagle Edyrnion to spread the word of Arawn's impending assault on the animals of Prydain -- and to resist and defend themselves and their territories against the Death-Lord.
|The High King|
|1. Homecoming | 2. The Letter Sticks | 3. The Prophecy | 4. King Smoit's Castle | 5. The Watcher | 6. A Clutch of Eggs | 7. The King of Mona | 8. The Messengers | 9. The Banner | 10. The Coming of Pryderi | 11. The Fortress | 12. The Red Fallows | 13. Darkness | 14. Daylight | 15. The River of Ice | 16. The Enchanter | 17. The Snowstorm | 18. Mount Dragon | 19. The Death-Lord | 20. The Gift | 21. Farewells|