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The Belgariad and The Malloreon

Radagast-Aiwendil
Gondor


Feb 27 2013, 7:53pm

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Are they worth reading? Apparently author David Eddings was inspired to write fantasy when he saw that LotR was on it's seventy-third printing (at the time). The fact that they are two seemingly long book-series is appealing to me, though the description given in Edding's obituary states that the series "follows an orphaned farmboy trying to fulfill an ancient prophecy", which sounds very cliched to me (reminds me of a certain Luke Skywalker).

Basically, my question is this: is this series yet another ripoff of our good professor and other works or does it have potential of its own?

"These are Gundabad Wargs! They will outrun you!"

"THESE are Rhosgobel Rabbits! I'd like to see them try...."



Ataahua
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Feb 27 2013, 8:29pm

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Both are worth reading. [In reply to] Can't Post

There's enough originality to make the effort worthwhile, in my opinion - and I especially like some of the wizards and the depiction of Torak One-Eye in The Belgariad. However, I thought The Mallorean series developed a sense of beating an unwell horse toward the end.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Radagast-Aiwendil
Gondor


Feb 27 2013, 8:33pm

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Ah ok, thanks for this! [In reply to] Can't Post

From what I've heard the series is generally well reviewed, and if there's enough originality as you say then I'll certainly give it a good try!Wink

"These are Gundabad Wargs! They will outrun you!"

"THESE are Rhosgobel Rabbits! I'd like to see them try...."



(This post was edited by Radagast-Aiwendil on Feb 27 2013, 8:33pm)


Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Feb 27 2013, 11:03pm

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There is a reason why the plot sounds familiar... [In reply to] Can't Post

Like Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain, Eddings' primary literary inspiration for The Belgariad seems to have been the Welsh text, The Mabinogion.

I also recommend taking a look at Eddings' other massive series, The Elenium and its sequel.

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring


Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


Feb 28 2013, 3:29am

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TORAK!!!! CAPS LOCK WHEN YOU SPEAK OF TORAK!!!!!
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Silverlode
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Feb 28 2013, 4:37am

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....and all the newbies are totally confused now.

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Ataahua
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Feb 28 2013, 7:13pm

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I hate it when I fail in my geekery. / [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Jazmine
Tol Eressea


Mar 1 2013, 7:12pm

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I enjoyed them the first time round [In reply to] Can't Post

Currently rereading them several years after the first time.

Definitely worth a read, but I do find the writing a bit clunky at times. Belgareth is a great character though.

If you want to see if you like his writing without investing time in a series, you could try starting with The Redemption of Althalus. It's a stand alone, so a good way to find out if you want to move onto any of the series.


 
 

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