David Eddings: 1931-2009
We are saddened to report on the passing of David Eddings, author of the Belgariad and Malloreon series of books, at the age of 77.
The first volume of the Belgariad series, Pawn
of Prophecy, came out back in 1982 and was followed in short order by Queen
of Sorcery, Magician’s Gambit, Castle of Wizardry and Enchanters’ End
Game. They sold in quantities that stunned the publishing establishment
at the time, as SF was pretty much the rage.
Author Stephen Hunt commented on Eddings:
His commercial success paved
the way for a whole generation of doorstopper sized fantasy series…. I was in my early teens when I discovered these books, and they
opened my eyes to the fact that not all fantasy had to be the ‘Ye Olde
Speake’ variety favoured by Tolkien – they were fantasy, but they
carried a modern feel to the dialogue and characterisation, while still
being firmly placed in a deeply believable fantasy world.
It’s a feel that influenced a whole swathe of media, and not just
books – you can see David Eddings’ influence running through Xena and
Hercules too, albeit taken to extremes with their, ‘Hey, dragon dude!’
He will be missed.