Fridge / The Belgariad

Fridge Brilliance
  • This Troper loved the Belgariad, but the whole Wizards Live Longer thing never made any sense- then I read the page and another troper's explanation. "Magic" in that world is based directly on will, AND HUMANS HAVE WILL TO LIVE- a basic instinct that nobody has to think about.
  • After a while, you suddenly realize that the Planet of Hats arrangements serve a vital purpose — most of the characters who are walking stereotypes of their cultures need to be those stereotypes to fulfill their roles in the prophecy, for either side. Mimbrates aren't heavily into armored knights just because they think jousting is awesome — they were deliberately kept in that state for thousands of years just so Mandorallen would come out the other end. The same is true of Algarian horsemanship, Drasnian guile, Cherek barbarism, Asturian archery, Ulgo religiosity and so on.

Fridge Horror
  • Sorcerers are implied to subconsciously choose their appearance, which is why Belgarath looks like a wise old man, and Polgara an attractive young woman. So what does that say about Ctuchik, who looks like the very archetype of the Evil Sorcerer? Likely that he's fully aware of how evil he is, and either doesn't care, or is proud of it.
  • You know how Merel goes from being stuck in a loveless marriage with a husband who thinks he is entitled to sex regardless of her feelings, to being happily married to her rapist as soon as their son is born? Consider that if Torak had won Polgara would have been brainwashed into loving him, although she believes that there would always be a part of her that knows what happened and would be screaming in horror for the rest of her life. Now consider that the Purpose of the Universe outright tells Garion that the reason all his friends find themselves married with Babies Ever After is because it took steps to arrange that as a reward for their service. Exactly what steps did it take on Barak's behalf?
    • In some cultures, male children are considered preferable to be a legitimate heir to the family. At minimum, the step it took was to ensure that the next child conceived was a boy, right on time to inherit his father's role as protector of the Rivan Crown, once Garion had his own son.
    • Among other steps, the prophecy made both Barak and Merel do, out of necesity, things that the other would be proud of, in front of ecah other. But even if the prophecy made them not hate each other after being married, the lengthy time they were married and hating each other was not a bed of roses.

Fridge Logic

  • OK, read this:
    One-Gender Race: The nonhuman Dryads. They kidnap human men and force them to father children. This goes one of two ways: a girl will always be a Dryad, and a boy will be human with Dryad genes lying dormant. These Dryad genes can then be passed on to the children of that male and they are, resulting in Ce'Nedra, who, thanks to dilution, is half Dryad. Pure dryads don't have male children. In "Belgarath the Sorcerer", Belgarath notes that crossbreeding dryads with the House of Borune did some odd things, since a pure dryad "would never give birth to a male child".
    Got it? A full-blooded Dyrad will never have a male child. Easy enough. The first Dryads to marry a Borune were all full-blooded. So where did the first male Dryad-Borune male come from?
  • For that matter, how are any of the Dryads "full-blooded"? They catch human males to procreate, as stated in Queen of Sorcery — so the forest Dryads aren't any more full-blooded than the Borune ones. While the original created Dryads were full-blooded, they weren't immortal; by now, all Dryads are at least half-human. Polgara and Belgarath make a big deal about full vs. half, but the illogic of this apparently doesn't occur to any of the characters.
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