The Balllad of Sir Dinadan Book Summary and Study Guide

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Dindan is not good at any of the knightly acts.   He can't fight or quest, and his favorite thing to do is play the lyre.   His dad gets so upset, that he knights Dindan and sends him away.   Dindan goes to Camelot, and on the way he meets Culloch, a very stupid man wanting to be a knight, and together they go to Camelot, Dindan making a name for himself as a minstrel on the way. When they get to Camelot, Sir Kai and Sir Bedeviere, two very well known knights, go with Culloch on a quest to do a great deed.   
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They meet King Mark, and Culloch wants to marry his daughters, so King Mark sends him on many stupid quests to win his favor.   Sir Dindan meets Lady Brangienne and learns all about Sir Tristam and Lady Iseult.   After a while of these nearly impossible quests, Sir Dindan leaves the group and goes off to be a minstrel someplace else.   Along the way he does many kind deeds, like freeing a wife and her kids from her cruel husband.   He meets Lady Iseult, who is in disguise, and tells her where Lady Brangienne is. Afterwards, he realizes that she wants to kill her.   He feels very bad and knows he has to do something to protect Brangienne, but he doesn't know what, and if he doesn‘t do anything, she will be killed.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   humorous or laughable FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   great warrior Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's


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

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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