The Buried Giant

by

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Lord Brennus Character Analysis

Lord Brennus is a Briton and has accumulated a large army that threatens to bring war back to England. He sends out soldiers to find Wistan, who is a notorious Saxon warrior searching for Querig so that he can kill her. Wistan argues that Lord Brennus has found a dragon tamer and is going to find and tame Querig to use her for his own benefit when he goes to war, presumably against the Saxons. Lord Brennus is not very well-liked by any of the characters, even those who are Britons.
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Lord Brennus Character Timeline in The Buried Giant

The timeline below shows where the character Lord Brennus appears in The Buried Giant. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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...the trees for a long time, the men didn’t leave. Realizing the soldiers belong to Lord Brennus (a Briton) and aren’t about to leave their post, Wistan suggests that he will keep... (full context)
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...a fair one and explains that he doesn’t want to get into a fight with Lord Brennus or his soldiers on account of being a Saxon in Briton-ruled territory. Furthermore, Wistan has... (full context)
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...him away, but Wistan predicts and the soldier confirms that he would just go to Lord Brennus for backup. This established, the soldier is forced to face Wistan alone and is quickly... (full context)
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...dead soldier, Wistan tells Sir Gawain that the Saxon king has also received word that Lord Brennus wants to wage war and take the land in which they’re traveling. Furthermore, he reveals... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...Wistan said he didn’t know for sure but had a sense that someone would tell Lord Brennus where they are. Edwin was helping determine which bales of hay had wooden slats in... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Edwin asks Wistan if there’s “some special feud” between him and Lord Brennus . Wistan says that he and Brennus had been trained to be warriors for the... (full context)