History Literature / TheBelgariad

20th Aug '17 6:08:20 PM Iapetus22
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* OfferedTheCrown: In the backstory, after the Battle of Vo Mibre, Brand was offered the Rivan crown. He strenuously refused.

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* OfferedTheCrown: In the backstory, after the Battle of Vo Mibre, Brand was offered the Rivan crown.crown of Arendia. He strenuously refused.
2nd Aug '17 6:33:07 AM finiteHP
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* SecretLegacy: Garion's "Aunt Pol" is revealed to actually be many times removed -- she's the sister of his ultimate grandmother. Belgarath is his ultimate grandfather.

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* SecretLegacy: Garion's "Aunt Pol" is revealed to actually be many times removed -- she's the sister of his ultimate penultimate grandmother. Belgarath is his ultimate grandfather.
1st Aug '17 4:16:10 PM Dave85
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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: When he gets tired of Torak's mind games, Garion makes it a point to tell him off.
-->'''Garion:''' I know you now. You might as well give up trying to win me over to your side, because I'm not going to change my mind. Aunt Pol is not your wife, and I'm not your son. [[BadassBoast You'd better stop trying to play games with my thoughts and get ready, because I'm coming to kill you.]]
31st Jul '17 4:47:39 PM DeliciousFriend
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**Lampshaded by Polgara in ''Polgara the Sorceress'' as she muses over the idea that simply being ignorant of a task's impossibility might, however improbably, let someone perform impossible feats.
24th Jul '17 7:23:56 AM Wyvernil
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* BeatStillMyHeart: The standard form of sacrifice to Torak involves cutting out the victim's heart and burning it.


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* HesJustHiding: Invoked in-universe in ''The Malloreon''. Not even [[spoiler: the death of their god]] can dissuade the Grolims from their orgy of HumanSacrifice. They believe he will one day return to take revenge on his killer and take his rightful place as ruler of the world. [[spoiler:Only replacing Torak with a more benevolent god stops them.]]
21st Jul '17 8:33:20 AM lakingsif
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* LuxuriousLiquor: In ''The Malloreon'', the protagonists meet a tipsy noblewoman in a remote manor, and soon realize that her isolation and boredom have led her to become a LadyDrunk.
11th Jul '17 1:55:47 AM Baeraad555
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: At the end of the third book, the Prophesy - which is normally [[TheStoic calm, matter-of-factly]] [[DeadpanSnarker and snarky]] - practically ''screams'' at Garion to save Errand from [[LoadBearingBoss Ctuchik's]] collapsing tower. [[spoiler: Errand's importance doesn't become clear until ''The Mallorean'', but the Prophesy had every reason to be upset - it came very close to losing the game right then and there.]]
11th Jul '17 1:48:20 AM Baeraad555
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** Aldur has no worshippers.

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** Aldur has no worshippers.worshippers, and doesn't want any. When Belgarath, upon first learning that he's a god, tries to prostrate himself before him, Aldur is horrified and calls such behaviour "unseemly."
11th Jul '17 1:45:50 AM Baeraad555
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* SinglePreceptReligion: Surprisingly common, given that the main characters are in regular contact with the deity Aldur and are opposing another deity with the covert support of another five. The worship of Nedra, for example, seems to boil down to a few rules involving money. The Bear-Cult's core beliefs are, in most cases, tied to overt racism and the grand plan of whichever villain is manipulating them that week. Torak's religion is heavy on ritualised gestures of devotion but no real philosophical substance beyond reflecting [[ItsAllAboutMe Torak's own arrogance]]. Possibly justified given that the protagonists are mostly in service to Aldur, who doesn't have a culture to serve him, so they're too tied up in their duties to delve into any aspects of theology that aren't directly related to the mission.

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* SinglePreceptReligion: Surprisingly common, given that the main characters are in regular contact with the deity Aldur and are opposing another deity with the covert support of another five. The worship of Nedra, for example, seems to boil down to a few rules involving money. The Bear-Cult's core beliefs are, in most cases, tied to overt racism and the grand plan of whichever villain is manipulating them that week. Torak's religion is heavy on ritualised gestures of devotion but no real philosophical substance beyond reflecting [[ItsAllAboutMe Torak's own arrogance]]. Possibly justified There ''are'' some references to a field of theology[[note]], such as the mention that great piles of educated theological treatises were disproven and made obsolete when [=UL=] was confirmed to be the father of the gods,[[/note]] but we are not given any details. The impression given is that the protagonists gods themselves don't care very much about the finer points of how they are mostly in service to Aldur, who doesn't have a culture to serve him, so they're too tied up in their duties to delve into any aspects of theology that aren't directly related to the mission.worshiped.
10th Jul '17 11:44:51 PM Baeraad555
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* WarIsHell: Zigzagged, often depending on [[UnreliableNarrator whose point of view we are seeing it from.]] A lot of the characters are professional warriors or assassins and [[BloodKnight love nothing so much as a good fight]], while scenes focusing on "civilians" tend to highlight [[WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife the suffering and loss involved]]. Of special note is Garion himself, who goes from being noticeably traumatised by the first few battles he's part of to complaining about other people [[KillSteal stealing his kills]] somewhere around the fourth book.
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