Taran: an Assistant Pig Keeper who turns out to be the heir to the throne of Prydain.
“This much have I learned: A man's life weighs more than glory, and a price paid in blood is a heavy reckoning.”
“Your service freely given counts more for us than any the Lord of Annuvin could hire.”
“Long ago I yearned to be a hero without knowing, in truth, what a hero was. Now, perhaps, I understand it a little better. A grower of turnips or a shaper of clay, a Commot farmer or a king—every man is a hero if he strives more for others than for himself alone. Once," he added "you told me that the seeking counts more than the finding. So, too, must the striving count more than the gain. Once, I hoped for a glorious destiny," Taran went on, smiling at his own memory. "That dream has vanished with my childhood; and though a pleasant dream it was fit only for a child. I am well-content as an Assistant Pig-Keeper.”
“Taran smiled at the excited Gurgi. "Indeed, you have found many mighty secrets. But they are not mine to keep. These will I share with all in Prydain, for by right they belong to all.”
Taran: Protagonist, hero, former assistant pig-keeper, wanderer. Desires to learn his identity and heritage.
“"What lacks?" he cried to Annlaw. "I could forge a sword well enough and weave a cloak well enough. But now, what I truly long to grasp is beyond my reach. Must the one skill I sought above all be denied me?" he burst out in an anguished voice. "Is the gift forbidden me?" He bowed his head, and his heart froze even as he spoke the words, for he knew, within himself, he had touched the truth.”
Taran: An Assistant Pig-Keeper who dreams of being something more.
“Adaon knew there was a destiny laid on him," Taran continued, turning to Eilonwy, his voice growing firmer, "and he did not turn from it, though it cost him his life. Very Well," he declared. "If there is a destiny laid on me, I shall face it. I hope only that I may face it as well as Adaon did his.”
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