Niamh and the Hermit Book Summary and Study Guide

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Princess Niamh (pronounced Nee-EHV) is so incredibly beautiful and purehearted that no potential suitor can approach her without going mad. This presents a serious problem for the king and the queen since the continuation of the royal line is threatened. They search for a bridegroom far and wide and discover that their only hope is the mysterious Hermit who is rumored to have the lion's head and tail, the eagle's wings, and the saint's heart. Since he lives far away, Niamh and the Hermit begin their acquaintance by correspondence. They get to know each other through letters and fall in love.
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Everyone is excited in happy anticipation of the Hermit's arrival except for an evil Count. He has plans of his own and therefore opposes the match. Having deceived the princess, he causes her to lose her beauty. Niamh is so disfigured that her father, the king, fails to recognize her and unknowingly banishes her from the kingdom. Niamh flees just before the Hermit arrives. The Hermit is heartbroken, but not defeated. He decides to find Niamh and embarks on a search.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Romance    -   Yes Lifeform altered?    -   Yes Kind of alteration:    -   Magically turned into a monster Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Human/magical couple?    -   Yes Type of couple:    -   She's a human, he's a magical being

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King


Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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