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Background information
Feature films The Black Cauldron
Short films
Television programs
Video games The Black Cauldron
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Glen Keane
Voice Susan Sheridan
Performance model
Inspiration Eilonwy from the novel The Black Cauldron and it's series
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Princess Eilonwy, Scullery Maid (referred to by the Horned King)
Personality Brave, heroic, headstrong, adventurous, optimistic, helpful
Appearance Slender, fair skin, long blonde hair, blue eyes, violet band on the back of her hair, pink dress with light pink underskirt dark blue bodice
Occupation Princess of Prydain
Alignment Good
Goal To help her companions find the Black Cauldron.
Home The kingdom of Llyr
Allies Taran, Gurgi, Fflewddur Fflam, Doli, Fair Folk, the Witches of Morva, Dallben, Hen Wen, The Golden Pelydryn
Minions The Golden Pelydryn
Enemies Horned King, Creeper, Cauldron Born
Likes helping others, Taran, Gurgi, friendly people
Dislikes The Horned King's castle, The Horned King, rats, being disrespected because she's a girl
Powers and abilities
Fate Skips along home in Caer Dallben with Taran, Fflewddur, Gurgi, and her bauble.
Quote "Girl? GIRL?! If it weren't for this girl, you would still be in the Horned King's dungeon!"

Princess Eilonwy of Llyr (pronounced eye-LON-wee Leer) is the deuteragonist in Disney's 1985 feature film The Black Cauldron. Although she is, in fact, a princess by birth, she is not considered an official Disney Princess possibly due to the film's lack of success and popularity at the box office.


Princess Eilonwy is a 14 year old girl, designed with flowing blonde hair and a delicate figure. In the film, Eilonwy is portrayed as plucky, cynical, and talkative, as shown by her tendency to go off into rants at Taran for seemingly trivial reasons (though he can be snippy back in their mutual antagonism).

Despite her naturally strong-willed personality, she can be affectionate (for she tries to get Taran's spirits up in one scene and seems fond of Gurgi) and emotional, as shown by her anxiety after escaping from the Horned King's castle and her genuine sadness at Taran's near-sacrifice during the film's climax; by the end of the movie, Eilonwy has dropped her defenses significantly and she and Taran begin to be romantically involved.

Eilonwy appears to be addled once she first appears, confused and thinking her reasons of being imprisoned in the Horned King's castle vague. Eilonwy appears to have magical capabilities, which is what saves both Taran and Fflewddur from the Horned King's prison.


Eilonwy is slender and fair-skinned. She has pink lips, blue eyes, blonde hair from her head to her buttocks, black band on the back of her hair, pink dress with dark violet bodice and white long puffy sleeves, white petticoat and black shoes.

Role of the film

In the film, the Horned King takes her hostage in hopes that her magic bauble could find the Black Cauldron. She and Taran first meet in the lower ruins under the Horned King's castle (once the home of King Rhitta), when the addled princess is searching around and attempting to find a route to escape.

Instead of leaving, Eilonwy allows Taran to come with her and escape from the Castle. There, the two come across the mystic sword, Dyrnwyn (and Eilonwy expresses vague disgust at Taran merely taking a sword from a dead body) and free Fflewddur Fflam from his imprisonment. The group of friends later travel to the realm of the Fair Folk (thanks to Gurgi who didn't lie to Taran and the gang) and reunite with the pig Hen Wen. The king of the Fair Folk sends Doli with them as an escort to the Marshes of Morva to retrieve the Cauldron.

After they receive the Cauldron by trading away Dyrnwyn, they are captured again by the Horned King who then unleases the Cauldron Born. After Gurgi sacrifices himself into the Cauldron, the friends trade the Cauldron back to the Witches of Morva in exchange for Gurgi back. The bargain is granted, and Eilonwy and Taran end up kissing each other.

Disney Parks

During the release of The Black Cauldron, Taran and Eilonwy were walk-around characters at the parks. So far, they have never returned to the parks. A mural also appeared at the now defunct restaurant Gurgi's Munchins and Crunchings.


  • Eilonwy is not included the Official Disney Princess line-up or in any of the merchandise. This is most likely due to the film's poor performance at the box office.
  • Princess Eilonwy has been nicknamed by fans as the "Forgotten Disney Princess" because of her little-known status.
  • In the novels of The Chronicles of Prydain, Eilonwy had a habit of running around barefoot. Pre-production artwork for The Black Cauldron shows that the Disney's version of Eilonwy was to be barefoot as well.
  • In The Chronicles of Prydain Eionwy's bauble does not float, nor does it change it's colour from anything other than the golden light it gives. It is also unbenkonwst to Eilonwy herself but in the series, her bauble's real title is The Golden Pelydryn.
  • Another distinction from the movie and original series is that Eilonwy is a descendant from the Welsh mythological god, Llyr.
  • Since she was changed to wearing shoes, Eilonwy is one of the few human heroines to not be seen barefoot in any of her media. She has this in common with Snow White, Alice, Belle, and Merida.
  • The character of Eilonwy in the books is described as having red hair, but she is a blonde in the film.
  • Unlike most Disney princesses and heroines, only Eilonwy and Kida possess a magical item instead of animal sidekicks.
  • Eilonwy bears a resemblance to Princess Aurora in that they have long blonde hair.
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In some products, Eilonwy's dress is blue.

  • If Eilonwy joins the Princess franchise, she will take place as the youngest princess, a title which currently belongs to Snow White.
  • She has similarities with Princess Odette from The Swan Princess. Both have thick blonde hair and similar facial expressions. Their facial structures are similar too, though Odette's are more mature due to her being older.
  • Hayley Mills was originally cast for the role of Princess Eilonwy, and got to record some scenes, more for reasons unknown, she was replaced.
  • In some products, the color of her dress is blue. This is similar to the case of Wendy Darling, whose blue nightdress is seen as pink in books and film posters.
  • Despite its lack of success in the theaters, there has been a recent influx of older generation fans who love her, and are trying to revive her for newer generations on DeviantArt, Tumblr, and other social sites.
  • At Royal Prep, there is a figure on the clock tower that is very similar to Eilonwy, but could also be Aurora, or the grandmother of Roland II, who likely had blonde hair that her grandson would partly receive.
  • Eilonwy's name was coined by the author Lloyd Alexander based on Welsh names with elemental meanings such as white brow or elm.
  • Although she was revealed to be taken by the Horned King prior to her meeting Taran and her first appearance in the movie, Eilowny's kidnapping alone was never seen on-screen.


The Disney Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Eilonwy.

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Media: The Black Cauldron | Video game | House of Mouse

Characters: Taran | Princess Eilonwy | Fflewddur Fflam | Gurgi | Dallben | Hen Wen | Cat | Dallben's farm animals | Horned King | Creeper | Cauldron Born | Horned King's guards | Gwythaints | King Eidilleg | Doli | Fair Folk | Orddu, Orwen and Orgoch | Prydainpeople | The Hunter (Deleted Character) | Moose

Objects: The Black Cauldron | Magic Sword | Magic Harp | Golden Pelydryn

Locations: Prydain | Caer Dallben | The Horned King's Castle

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Official Disney Princesses: Snow White | Cinderella | Aurora | Ariel | Belle | Jasmine | Pocahontas | Mulan | Tiana | Rapunzel | Merida

Future Disney Princesses: Moana | Anna | Elsa

Other Princesses: Maid Marian | Leia Organa | Eilonwy | Calla | Kiara | Melody | Kida Nedakh | Ting-Ting, Su and Mei | Giselle | Kilala Reno | Atta | Dot | Kairi | Princess of Gentlehaven | Charlotte La Bouff | Vanellope von Schweetz | Sofia | Elena | Star Butterfly

Other Female Protagonists: Minnie Mouse | Daisy Duck | Faline | Alice | Wendy Darling | Tinker Bell | Shanti | Sally | Nala | Esmeralda | Megara | Jane Porter | Nita | Malina

Video Games: Disney Princess | Disney Princess: Royal Adventure | Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey | Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure | Disney Princess Enchanting Storybooks

Home Video: Disney Princess Sing Along Songs - Once Upon a Dream | Disney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 2 - Enchanted Tea Party | Disney Princess Sing Along Songs Vol. 3 - Perfectly Princess | Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams

See Also: Sofia the First | Disney Fairies | Princesses of Heart | Kilala Princess | Palace Pets | Princess Academy

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