History Literature / TheBelgariad

23rd Sep '16 6:45:44 AM Solle
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Once upon a time, [[MacGuffin a stone]] which possessed the power to [[WindsOfDestinyChange change destiny]] was stolen. If this "Orb", belonging to the benevolent God Aldur, ever fell into the hands of the [[BigBad evil, maimed God Torak]], the peaceful kingdoms of the west would fall to his might. In pursuit of the Orb, however, followed the legendary sorcerer Belgarath, his gorgeous daughter Polgara, and the humble {{farmboy}} Garion, along with many other colorful allies: a simple blacksmith, a thief, a berserker, a noble horseman, a paladin, a snotty princess, and so on. The companions encountered kings, wizards, dryads, politics and treachery, but they ultimately succeeded in returning the Orb to its rightful place. There, Garion's true identity and destiny were revealed. And so Garion took up the massive [[{{BFS}} Sword of the Rivan King]] and met the dark god Torak in [[DuelToTheDeath personal combat]].

That's the plot of Creator/DavidEddings's '''''The Belgariad'''''... [[TheHerosJourney and a whole lot of]] other stories as well.

David Eddings wrote the series after taking a course on literary criticism, [[{{Troperrific}} digging out all the tropes he could find]], and decided to build a world that was simultaneously StrictlyFormula and ''really, really good'' -- because TropesAreNotBad. He also deliberately focuses on the characters rather than the tropes, injecting liveliness and sardonic humor into stock situations. The end result is a series that's incredibly popular and well-loved by fantasy fans the world over.

The original books were followed up with a sequel series, ''The Malloreon'' (which is basically "''The Belgariad'' all over again but everyone is older", as the characters themselves quickly notice) and then much later by two standalone {{prequel}}s, ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'' and ''Polgara the Sorceress'', which tell the life stories of the title characters. All of Eddings's works are likely {{Spiritual Successor}}s of this one.

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Once upon a time, [[MacGuffin a stone]] which possessed the power to [[WindsOfDestinyChange change destiny]] was stolen. If this "Orb", Orb, belonging to the benevolent God Aldur, ever fell into the hands of the [[BigBad evil, maimed God Torak]], the peaceful kingdoms of the west would fall to his might. In pursuit of the Orb, however, Orb followed the legendary sorcerer Belgarath, his gorgeous daughter Polgara, and the humble {{farmboy}} Garion, along with many other colorful allies: a simple blacksmith, a thief, a berserker, a noble horseman, a paladin, a snotty princess, and so on. The companions encountered kings, wizards, dryads, politics and treachery, but they ultimately succeeded in returning the Orb to its rightful place. There, treachery. Ultimately, Garion's true identity and destiny were was revealed. And so Garion took up the massive [[{{BFS}} Sword sword of his destiny]] to save the Rivan King]] and met the dark god Torak in [[DuelToTheDeath personal combat]].

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That's the plot of Creator/DavidEddings's '''''The Belgariad'''''...''The Belgariad''... [[TheHerosJourney and a whole lot of]] other stories as well.

David Eddings wrote the series after taking a course on literary criticism, criticism. He [[{{Troperrific}} digging dug out all the tropes he could find]], and decided to build a world that was simultaneously StrictlyFormula and ''really, really good'' -- because TropesAreNotBad. He also deliberately focuses focused on the characters rather than the tropes, injecting liveliness and sardonic humor into stock situations. The end result is a series that's incredibly popular and well-loved by fantasy fans the world over.situations.

The original books were followed up with a sequel series, ''The Malloreon'' (which is basically "''The Belgariad'' all over again but everyone is older", as the characters themselves quickly notice) and then much notice). Much later the series was followed by two standalone {{prequel}}s, ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'' and ''Polgara the Sorceress'', which tell the life stories of the title characters. All of Eddings's works are likely can be seen as {{Spiritual Successor}}s of this one.
21st Sep '16 12:32:13 PM PaddyMurphy
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* AdultFear: ''The Mallorean'' is basically fuelled by this- having your infant son abducted by your arch-enemy, and being faced with the very real prospect of having to fight him to save the world

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* AdultFear: ''The Mallorean'' Malloreon'' is basically fuelled by this- having your infant son abducted by your arch-enemy, and being faced with the very real prospect of having to fight him to save the world



** Inverted by Brador, the chief of the Mallorean Empire's Bureau of Internal Affairs. He is a Melcene, who, like the Tolnedrans, don't believe in anything supernatural. Along comes Book 3 of the Mallorean, at which point demons start butchering whole cities under the command of a Grolim priest. Brador not only doesn't seem to have any trouble believing demons exist, but he begs Belgarath and Belgarion to help him convince his even more skeptical emperor to call off his RoaringRampageofRevenge so they can go back and deal with the situation.

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** Inverted by Brador, the chief of the Mallorean Empire's Bureau of Internal Affairs. He is a Melcene, who, like the Tolnedrans, don't believe in anything supernatural. Along comes Book 3 of the Mallorean, ''the Malloreon'', at which point demons start butchering whole cities under the command of a Grolim priest. Brador not only doesn't seem to have any trouble believing demons exist, but he begs Belgarath and Belgarion to help him convince his even more skeptical emperor to call off his RoaringRampageofRevenge so they can go back and deal with the situation.



* FetusTerrible: {{Justified}} in ''The Mallorean'', because a woman is about to give birth to [[HalfHumanHybrid the child of a Demon Lord.]] [[DeathByChildbirth Neither child nor mother survive.]]

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* FetusTerrible: {{Justified}} in ''The Mallorean'', Malloreon'', because a woman is about to give birth to [[HalfHumanHybrid the child of a Demon Lord.]] [[DeathByChildbirth Neither child nor mother survive.]]



* HolyGround: From ''The Mallorean'', there is a place called Korim, where Torak argued with UL. It is described as one of the holiest places on earth.

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* HolyGround: From ''The Mallorean'', Malloreon'', there is a place called Korim, where Torak argued with UL. It is described as one of the holiest places on earth.
4th Aug '16 4:56:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* SleepsWithBothEyesOpen: In ''Belgarath the Sorceror'', Belgarath recounts how his daughter Polgara once cast a spell on some pompous border guards that caused them all to fall asleep with their eyes still open and without falling to the ground, just so that she could get away from them without them following her.
22nd Jul '16 7:18:08 AM longWriter
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* UnwantedAssistance: The Orb tries so hard to be helpful. To the point that it has to be told that its help is not required. It thought that rearranging the stars to spell "Belgarion" was a request rather than an example.
8th Jul '16 11:04:59 PM ReturnedYetAgain
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* FirstGirlWins: Averted. Garion's sudden departure on the Orb quest leaves his childhood sweetheart, Zubrette, behind; by the time he makes it back to Sendaria, she's married one of his friends. He doesn't meet his own destined bride until the middle of the *second* book in the series.
30th Jun '16 5:37:21 AM alnair20aug93
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** ''The Rivan Codex'' (a commentary and analysis)

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** ''The Rivan Codex'' (a ([[AllThereInTheManual a commentary and analysis)
analysis]])


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* AllThereInTheManual: ''The Rivan Codex'' serves as additional content composed of background information, inspiration, and lore for the series.
18th Jun '16 11:55:07 AM Generality
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* EthnicGod: Each of the seven main gods is associated with a race and vice-versa. Both also have associated AnimalMotifs. However, Aldur refused to choose a people and they gradually split into several groups that went without gods or found surrogates to worship, such as UL or the demons.
20th May '16 11:32:24 AM GallantBlade475
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** Even Drasnia, while mostly famous for its vast spy network, supposedly possesses the best infantry and spearmen in the world.
3rd May '16 10:32:54 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* MosesInTheBullrushes: Garion.

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* MosesInTheBullrushes: MosesInTheBulrushes: Garion.
11th Apr '16 11:48:39 PM war877
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Once upon a time, [[MacGuffin a stone]] which possessed the power to [[WindsOfDestinyChange change destiny]] was stolen. If this "Orb", belonging to the benevolent God Aldur, ever fell into the hands of the [[BigBad evil, maimed God Torak]], the peaceful kingdoms of the west would fall to his might. In pursuit of the Orb, however, followed the legendary sorcerer Belgarath, his gorgeous daughter Polgara, and the humble {{farmboy}} Garion, along many other colorful allies: a simple blacksmith, a thief, a berserker, a noble horseman, a paladin, a snotty princess, and so on. The companions encountered kings, wizards, dryads, politics and treachery, but they ultimately succeeded in returning the Orb to its rightful place. There, Garion's true identity and destiny were revealed. And so Garion took up the massive [[{{BFS}} Sword of the Rivan King]] and met the dark god Torak in [[DuelToTheDeath personal combat]].

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Once upon a time, [[MacGuffin a stone]] which possessed the power to [[WindsOfDestinyChange change destiny]] was stolen. If this "Orb", belonging to the benevolent God Aldur, ever fell into the hands of the [[BigBad evil, maimed God Torak]], the peaceful kingdoms of the west would fall to his might. In pursuit of the Orb, however, followed the legendary sorcerer Belgarath, his gorgeous daughter Polgara, and the humble {{farmboy}} Garion, along with many other colorful allies: a simple blacksmith, a thief, a berserker, a noble horseman, a paladin, a snotty princess, and so on. The companions encountered kings, wizards, dryads, politics and treachery, but they ultimately succeeded in returning the Orb to its rightful place. There, Garion's true identity and destiny were revealed. And so Garion took up the massive [[{{BFS}} Sword of the Rivan King]] and met the dark god Torak in [[DuelToTheDeath personal combat]].
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