Trunia is the younger prince of Phars, a neighboring kingdom. He and Argan, his brother, fight a civil war over who should succeed to the throne. When he’s driven out of Phars, he turns up in Orual’s garden. She fights a duel with Argan for his life, which secures Trunia’s friendship for the rest of their lives. Trunia is the only man who ever flirts with Orual, because he can’t see her face behind her veil and judges her beauty from her voice. This forces Orual to temporarily see herself in a different light than she’s used to, and it also shows that she grossly underestimates her own potential merits and ability to attract others’ love. She enjoys his attentions, but marries Redival to him instead of herself. Their son becomes her heir.
Trunia of Phars Character Timeline in Till We Have Faces
The timeline below shows where the character Trunia of Phars appears in Till We Have Faces. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Chapter 8
Part 1: Chapter 17
Part 1: Chapter 18
Part 1: Chapter 19
...oaths. The preparations seem endless. Finally all is ready, and the Fox is very distressed. Trunia is shocked when Orual reveals herself as the champion. She and Argan start to fight. (full context)
Part 1: Chapter 20
Part 1: Chapter 21
...later there, the party sees everything happening that just finished in Glome. They stay in Trunia’s palace and the Queen notices that Redival (now his wife) has become fat and ugly.... (full context)