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NoahDavidHenson

aka Noah David Henson

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  • I live in Austin, Texas
  • I was born on December 18
  • My occupation is Creator
  • I am Man
  • NoahDavidHenson

    If Prydain might have ever existed in what is now Wales, its existence had to have occurred prior not only to the Roman invasion of the early 1st century AD, but prior to the internal division of the region into the distinct tribal groups recorded by the Roman conquerors.These tribes -- the Deceangli (in the northeast), Ordovices (central/west), Gangani (northwest), Cornovii (east/northeast), Demetae (southwest) and Silures (southeast) -- were divisions which had evidently been in place for centuries prior to 48 AD, when the Roman military campaign began in the west of Britain.

    Any nation-state approximating what Lloyd Alexander conceived of as Prydain would have been largely, but not entirely, self-sufficient (that is, relying on a minimum…

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  • NoahDavidHenson

    I got a little thrill today when I finally got a hardback copy of The Prydain Companion by Michael O. Tunnell -- a reference guide to Alexander's Chronicles -- in the mail. I've been waiting for it for three weeks, checking my little apartment-complex mail slot every day with hope in my dewey little eyes. I've wanted to get my hands on this handy guide book since I heard about it in the 90s (it was first published in 1989). My copy is the 2003 Holt edition, with a cover illustration that evokes the original Evaline Ness covers (though I think the piece itself is by Sasha Meret). And it's pure delight to finally own it.

    After leafing through the book at length, I couldn't be more pleased. It's a medium-size, medium-weight hardcover, with a smoot…

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  • NoahDavidHenson

    I love this site. I loved it six weeks ago, when I discovered it while looking for fan sites and artwork related to the series. And I love it now that I've invested hundreds of hours in editing, creating, uploading, examining and expanding its every page, image and link. I found it a very promising skeleton of a site, with some of the hard work already done for me in terms of format, structure and style. And as I sit back and review what the Prydain Wiki has become, I cannot help but smile -- fondly and with a modicum of pride -- at what I see before me.

    Five of the six books in the Prydain series have now been given complete chapter (or story) synopses, replete with links and graphics accompanying every summary. Only The High King remains, an…

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  • NoahDavidHenson

    Hello Companions! This is a quick note to explain my hopes and wishes for this wiki. In brief, I want to make it the best resource available for the Prydain series. The most comprehensive, the best written, the clearest and most easily navigable, and one offering the best array of graphics -- from drawings to photos to maps to paintings -- out of any Prydain volume, digital or in print.

    I think that goal is attainable. Working with what was already here when I arrived, I feel like I've already made considerable inroads into realizing my dream site. But there's still a fair amount of work to do. Chapters from Taran Wanderer and The High King need to be fleshed out, given more detail and greater accuracy. (I've expanded all the chapters from the…

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  • NoahDavidHenson

    On Prydain

    March 5, 2013 by NoahDavidHenson
    On Prydain
    Musings on Mapping the High Fantasy Series

    "Prydain is not Wales -- not entirely, at least." So author Lloyd Alexander explained the ephemeral connection between history and legend, geography and imagination, with which he imbued his magical, yet very real-seeming, land. Those of us who have tried our hands at mapping Prydain, with occasional recourse to a real-world map of Wales, can attest to the distinction. Yet there is some of Wales in Prydain; the name itself is the Middle Welsh term for the country. And after all, we know the fictional Prydain was inspired in part by Alexander's military service in Wales, where he learned combat intelligence during World War II. Another part was the so-called Mabinogion, a collection of mediev…

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