Questions tagged [the-belgariad]

Use this tag for questions about the pentalogy by David Eddings'. Use [the-malloreon] for its sequel pentalogy.

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Can The Malloreon be read without first reading The Belgariad?

David Edding's series The Malloreon, consisting of five books, is set in the same universe as his prior series, The Belgariad, also consisting of five books. (These books are not small.) Now, I've ...
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King Rhodar's first wife

Re reading The Belgariad and I would like to ask if Eddings had darker intent for King Rhodar. In Pawn of Prophecy, when Silk introduces the Kings and Queens, Queen Porenn is introduced as Rhodar's ...
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Why is Murgo Gold used as a currency?

Murgo Gold is used as currency by the Grolims to trade (or at least act) and pay their agent. The thing that confuses me the most is that how this currency is counted as gold equivalent when it's ...
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Why did Garion assume that neither Polgara nor Belgarath exist?

In the beginning of Pawn of Prophecy, Garion won’t believe Belgarath at first that he really is Belgarath and holds the opinion that sorcerers are legend only. Subsequently, almost everyone they meet ...
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How long do sorcerers live?

The Disciples of Aldur have lived for multiple thousand years. Do they not die of age? Why is it that the Rivan Kings died when their time came, but not their ancestors? What does it mean for ...
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Were all the gods mistakes, or just the one?

In both the Belgariad and the Mallorean we learn that In the Epilogue we see that the true god begins to reform his people, and that it will eventually willingly spread to the other peoples. Does ...
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How and why does this character in the Belgariad die?

This is the scene in the Belgariad Saga where Durnik dies: [Zedar talking to Polgara]: Save yourself that agony. In the end, you’ll go to him anyway. You’ll go willingly - even eagerly.” There ...
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Why doesn't Barak change every time Garion is in trouble?

In the Belgariad, Barak's 'Doom' is that he turns into a bear everytime Garion is in danger. Be it boar or duel with a god. However, there are moments where Garion's in extreme danger and he doesn't ...
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What happened to Poledra & Belgarath in Eddings' Malloreon?

I just finished David Eddings' Malloreon and in chapter 25 it comes to passing that Yet, Belgarath joins Belgarion and the 'fellowship' onto the Seabird all the way back to the Vale where Polgara ...
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What did Beltira and Belkira do during the major events of the Belgariad and the Mallorean?

In the Belgariad and the Mallorean series, there is a small order of sorcerers who basically made sure things worked so that the good guys won. The main two, Belgarath and Polgara, are followed the ...
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Searching for a dialogue from one of the books from Belgariad or Mallorean

I don't have access to my books and have no PDF version of them, nor being able to find it using Google (seems I'm good at find anything with Google except from book quotes) I'm searching for a ...
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Is Ce'Nedra a full dryad or “half dryad”?

In Where is Ce'Nedra's tree?, one of the answers depends on a concept of Ce'Nedra being "half dryad" with other disputing that. This is apparently a common debate in the fandom. The quotes I'...
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Are words necessary to perform Sorcery in the Belgariad?

In the Belgariad (and other works by Eddings within the same universe), is it always necessary to use spoken words to cast magic through the Will and the Word? Or is it possible to utilize it purely ...
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What did Polgara do to fix Ce'Nedra's problem?

In the beginning of the Malloreon (Guardians of the West), Ce'Nedra and Garion are having difficulty producing an heir to the Rivan throne. Polgara comes with a Dryad, some dirt, and some water. The ...
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Why are there Grolims that are sorcerors, but not non-Angaraks?

In the Belgariad, we see numerous Grolims that have the Will and the Word, but very few other individuals. Why are there so few non-Angarak Sorcerers, none of any significance except for the followers ...
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Are the countries in the Belgariad based on real ones?

Is there any info on which real-life countries the countries in David Eddings's Belgariad and Malloreon were based on? So far I've come up with the following: Sendaria ~ Britain (mixture of cultures, ...
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What's on Belgarion's Medallion?

I was just re-reading the Belgariad series and noticed that Garion's medallion is never described but all the others are. Belgarath has a wolf, Polgara has an owl, and Ce'Nedra has a giant tree. It'...
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Why is Ce'Nedra the only vulnerable one among Garion's Companions?

In Magician's Gambit Garion & company go to Cthol Murgos to retrieve the orb from Ctuchik. They find it surprisingly easy to get there and only when Belgarath is talking to Ctuchik do they ...
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Where is Ce'Nedra's tree?

In The Belgariad Ce'Nedra is half Dryad, the daughter of Ran Borune XXIII, Emperor of Tolnedra, and the Dryad Ce'Vanne. As I understand it all Dryads are supposed to have a tree, and they're are not ...
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What is this magic orb?

What is this magic orb/stone? Is it the Orb of Aldur? And what is that? Sorry to ask this question, but it has just been a while since I last read the series, and I kinda want a refresher in order to ...
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Why was the inequality in Belgarion's marriage different from that in Polgara's?

At the end of the Belgariad (specifically, Enchanters' End Game), the Gods ask Polgara for a heavy sacrifice, for an important cause: My issue is that Belgarion's marriage to Ce'Nedra seems like an ...
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Does The Rivan Codex add anything to the storyline of the Belgariad?

I've been a long time fan of the Belgariad series by David Eddings, including the Malloreon sequel series, and have also bought and read the follow-up "prequels", Belgarath and Polgara. Another book ...
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In The Belgariad, where did Errand come from?

In the book Magician's Gambit, the 3rd book of The Belgariad, they come across a boy whom they name Errand. Who was he really, and where did he come from?