is a fictional character
in Lloyd Alexander's
fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain
. Doli is one of the "fair folk", a nation of faeries
, and other magical beings who live in an extensive underground kingdom that spans the entire country of Prydain
Doli is described as a short, stocky dwarf
who carries a number of weapons including a battleaxe. He is adept in many skills including hunting, fighting, as well as magical skills such as turning invisible (although he obtains this skill only after the completion of one of his adventures). When first introduced, Doli seems to be gruff, short tempered, and unfriendly, with a tender side often staunchly, yet unsuccessfully, concealed. Doli's famous line from the books, which he often states gruffly yet with obvious unspoken pride as he is setting right something that has not been done well, is "Can't stand a botched job."
As a prominent figure in the books, Doli almost always appears or is included in quests undertaken by Taran
the Assistant Pig-Keeper, the Princess Eilonwy
, the gentle creature Gurgi
, and the self-styled Bard Fflewddur Fflam
In The Book of Three
, the companions meet Doli when they are trapped in the realm of the Fair Folk. Doli is ordered by his king to accompany them on their journey, fights valiantly when the party is beset by their enemies, and at the end of the story is granted the ability (which he has long coveted) to become invisible.
In The Black......