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David Eddings was a modern American author who specialized in archetypical epic tales. He died in June of 2009. Most of the books he wrote were High Fantasy, were Doorstoppers, and were part of a long series (some of which were in the same universe,) were Strictly Formula, were Troperiffic, and were awesome.There was also snark. Lots and lots and lots of snark. Snark which was often used to hang lampshades.Eddings saw history as cyclic, and so he was willing to recycle plot arcs in his series. The Malloreon has a similar structure to The Belgariad, for instance (which is even used as a major plot point).Most, if not all, of his books were co-written with his wife, Leigh, though only the latest gave her shared credit (due to Executive Meddling - his publisher figured that boys wouldn't want to read a fantasy-book with a girl's name on the cover.) This is probably one of the main reasons for the abundancy of strong female characters, who are outspoken and fierce enough to make you wonder how those medieval societies manages to maintain their male-dominated status quo...
Author Vocabulary Calendar - Eddings had an obscurely peculiar fascination with the words "obscure," "peculiar," and "fascination." Also "prosaic", and especially "blandly". We thought we noticed you noticing.
Don't forget "unmitigated", particularly modifying the word "ass". (The pack animal, of course.)
BFS - The sword of Riva. A huge broadsword forged from meteoric metal that incorporates the all-powerful Stone of Aldur as its pommel, burns with blue flame, is completely weightless when the Orb is in place (weighs a ton when the Orb isn't), and can only be wielded by Riva's descendants. Found in The Belgariad and The Malloreon
Cool Horse - Each of his series features unique or important horses, from Horse to Faran. Eddings clearly knows horses, and the wellbeing, fatigue and endurance of the heroes' mounts plays a subtle role in each of the quests. Highlighted when 'Zakath gives Garion his own Cool Horse.
Early Installment Weirdness - before the Belgariad, he wrote more down-to-earth stories with mundane problems and lots of unfiltered swearing at the top.
Expy - many between the Belgariad 'verse and the Elenium 'verse, mostly due to filling identical archetypes.
Velvet (Liselle) = Melidere
Silk (Kheldar) = Stragen
Barak = Tynian/Ulath
'Zakath = Sarabian
Cyradis = Xanetia
Dals = Delphae
Mallorean Empire = Tamul Empire
Mal Zeth = Matherion
The Light Prophecy and Dark Prophecy = Bhelliom and Klael
God Emperor - In The Malloreon cycle, it is revealed that the emperors of Mallorea are divine per definition, due to the original emperor being a LITERAL God, Kal Torak. In The Tamuli it's the inverted form, with Cyrgon, a god who is also the earthly ruler of the people of the same name.
Knight in Sour Armor - Eddings' heroes have a definite tendency in this direction. Most of them are worldly, sometimes world-weary older men, who approach fighting and heroism as a duty rather than a means to seek glory. The major exception is young, idealistic Garion, but even he starts to lose his shiny attitude as he ages.
Phlebotinum du Jour / Science Marches On: A section of The Rivan Codex discusses an interesting point on how the popular understanding of the Law of Conservation of Energy did this for magic systems. Before it, magic could do pretty much what the plot required, whereas after it a magic system needed to have an answer for "where does theenergycomefrom?"
Plot-Induced Stupidity - Probably the most pervasive trope used by Eddings. His characters always have tremendous powers at their dispositions — from sorcery to entire gods and even powers being ABOVE gods) — but they use them only when the plot says so. Sometimes there is a very flimsy excuse given about why they can't (which is ignored as soon as the author wants something cool to happen), but just as often it just never comes to the mind of the heroes that they could do it.
Spiritual Successor - All his works revolve around somewhat similar worlds and plotlines, but with distinct characters, atmospheres, and themes.
Universe Bible: The Rivan Codex is mostly a collection of the first drafts of the Encyclopedia Exposita and world building notes, with some discussion of his writing style. And by writing style, he means that ripping off all of myth, aka using tropes, is the "literary equivalent of peddling dope".
What Could Have Been: The world was denied another Eddings novel, Hunseeker’s Ascent (about mountain climbing), when Eddings abandoned it halfway through writing it and burned it, later saying it was "a piece of tripe so bad it even bored me."