David Eddings

David Eddings (July 7, 1931 – June 2, 2009[1]) was Leigh Eddings' husband and an American fantasy writer. With his wife Leigh, he authored several best-selling epic fantasy novel series, including The Belgariad (1982–84), The Malloreon (1987–91), The Elenium (1989–91), The Tamuli (1992–94), and The Dreamers (2003–06).

David Eddings
David Eddings portrait
BornDavid Carroll Eddings
July 7, 1931
Spokane, Washington
DiedJune 2, 2009 (aged 77)
Carson City, Nevada
Alma materReed College
Notable works
SpouseLeigh Eddings (1962–2007)


Part Cherokee[2] and born in Spokane, Washington, to George Wayne Eddings and Theone (Berge) Eddings,[3] in 1931, Eddings grew up near Puget Sound in the City of Snohomish.[4] He described a good day in Seattle as "when it isn’t raining up". Rain became a consequent feature in many of his novels. After graduating from Snohomish High School in 1949, he worked for a year before majoring in speech, drama and English at junior college.[5] Eddings displayed an early talent for drama and literature, winning a national oratorical contest, and performing the male lead in most of his drama productions. He graduated with a BA from Reed College in 1954. He wrote a novel for a thesis at Reed College before being drafted into the U.S. Army.[6] (He had also previously served in the National Guard.[7]) After being discharged in 1956, Eddings attended the graduate school of the University of Washington in Seattle for four years, graduating with an MA in 1961.[8] Eddings then worked as a purchaser for Boeing, where he met his future wife.[6]

After seven years as a tenured college professor, Eddings moved to Denver in 1971 to work in a grocery store.[9] He later said this was because of a failure to receive a pay raise. He also began work on his first published novel High Hunt, the story of four young men hunting deer. Like many of his later novels, it explores themes of manhood and coming of age. Convinced that being an author was his future career, Eddings moved to Spokane where he once again relied on a job at a grocery shop for his funds. He worked on several unpublished novels, including Hunseeker’s Ascent, a story about mountain climbing, which was later burned as Eddings claimed it was, "a piece of tripe so bad it even bored me."[10] Most of his attempts followed the same vein as High Hunt, adventure stories and contemporary tragedies. The Losers, tells the story of God and the Devil, cast in the roles of a one-eyed Indian and Jake Flood. It was not published until June 1992, well after Eddings's success as an author was established, although it was written in the seventies.

Eddings's call to the world of fantasy came from a doodled map he drew one morning before work. This doodle later became the geographical basis for the country of Aloria, but Eddings did not realize it until several years later. Eddings' story of this was that upon seeing a copy of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, in a bookshop, he muttered, "Is this old turkey still floating around?", and was shocked to learn that it was in its seventy-eighth printing. Eddings realized that the world of fantasy might hold some promise for his talents, and immediately began to annotate his previously forgotten doodle.[10] Over the course of a year he added names to various kingdoms, races and characters, and invented various theologies and a mythology, all of which counted about 230 pages. Because Lord of the Rings had been published as three books, he genuinely believed fantasy in general was supposed to be trilogies. Which is why he intended The Belgariad to be a trilogy as well, and had it all laid out, when Lester Del Rey told him the booksellers would refuse to accept 600-page books. Instead he suggested the trilogy should be published as five books. Eddings at first refused, but having already signed the contract, and with Del Rey's promise that he would receive advances for five books instead of three, he eventually gave in to the suggestion.[11] He had also included Tolkien's work in the syllabus for at least three sections of his English Literature survey courses in the summer of 1967 and the Springs of 1968 and 1969.[9]

On January 26, 2007 it was reported that Eddings accidentally burned about a quarter of his office, next door to his house, along with his Excalibur sports car. He was flushing the fuel tank of the car with water when he lit a piece of paper and threw it into the puddle to test if it was still flammable. When asked to explain it to the firefighter he said "One word comes to mind. Dumb."[12]

On February 28, 2007, David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings (born Judith Leigh Schall), whom he married in 1962, died following a series of strokes that left her unable to communicate. She was 69.[13] Eddings cared for her at home with her mother after her first stroke, which occurred three years before he finished writing The Dreamers.[9]

Eddings resided in Carson City, Nevada, where he died of natural causes on June 2, 2009.[14][15] Dennis, Eddings' brother, said that he had been ill with dementia for a long time, but his health had been on a very fast downhill slide since September, and required 24-hour care. He also confirmed that in his last months, his brother had been working on a manuscript that was unlike any of his other works, stating "It was very, very different. I wouldn’t call it exactly a satire of fantasy but it sure plays with the genre". The unfinished work, along with his other well renowned manuscripts, went to his alma mater, Reed College in Portland, Ore.,[16] along with a bequest of $18 million to fund "students and faculty studying languages and literature."[17] Eddings also bequeathed $10 million to National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver for pediatric-asthma treatment and research. Eddings's wife Leigh had asthma throughout her life.[18]


  1. ^ Robb, P. Bradley (2009-06-03). "David Eddings, Dead at 77". Fiction Matters. Retrieved 2009-06-03.
  2. ^ "Recalling the late David Eddings, Lord of Creation". starlog.com. Archived from the original on 15 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  3. ^ The alt.fan.eddings David Eddings Frequently Asked Questions List
  4. ^ Sorceress of Darshiva
  5. ^ David and Leigh Eddings, The Rivan Codex, ISBN 0006483496, p. 9
  6. ^ a b David and Leigh Eddings, The Rivan Codex, ISBN 0006483496, p. 10
  7. ^ "Starlog Interview with David Eddings – SFBookcase Archive". farris.co.uk. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  8. ^ David and Leigh Eddings, The Rivan Codex, ISBN 0006483496, p. 3
  9. ^ a b c Gifford, James (2016-09-30). "A Frightful Hobgoblin Stalks Through Modernism?". Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  10. ^ a b David and Leigh Eddings, The Rivan Codex, ISBN 0006483496, p. 11
  11. ^ Guardians of the West: An Interview with David Eddings - Chiark
  12. ^ F.T. Norton (2007). "Novelist accidentally burns down office". Nevada Appeal. Archived from the original on February 2, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-27.
  13. ^ "Décès de Leigh Eddings". Elbakin.net. 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-06.
  14. ^ Neill, Graeme (2009-06-03). "Fantasy writer David Eddings dies". Bookseller.com. Retrieved 2009-06-03.
  15. ^ "Fantasy writer Eddings dies". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  16. ^ "Fantasy writer David Eddings dies in Carson City home". The Nevada Appeal. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Fantasy writer David Eddings leaves Reed College $18 million". The Oregonian. 2009-07-15.
  18. ^ Trageser, Claire (2009-07-17). "Late author leaves $10 million to National Jewish". Denver Post. Archived from the original on 2009-07-18.

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Belgarath the Sorcerer

Belgarath the Sorcerer is a fantasy novel by American writers David Eddings and Leigh Eddings.

Set in the same universe as the Eddings' The Belgariad and The Malloreon, it is a prequel to the other series, although the framework story is set after the events of The Malloreon.

The book opens shortly after the end of The Malloreon with Belgarion, with help from Durnik, pestering Belgarath to write an autobiographical account of the events prior to The Belgariad. The core of the book is in the form of Belgarath's memoirs starting with his becoming an outcast from his village and becoming first disciple of the god Aldur and ending with the birth of Belgarion—a span of about seven thousand years.

Polgara the Sorceress is a companion book to Belgarath the Sorcerer which form the memoirs of Belgarath's elder daughter, Polgara.

David Eddings bibliography

This complete list of works by American fantasy author David Eddings.

Demon Lord

Demon lord or Demon Lord may refer to:

Dark Lord, a fictional stock character who is a powerful villain with evil henchmen

Demon lord (Dungeons & Dragons), a type of monster in the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons

Demon Lord Dante, a manga by Go Nagai

Demon Lord of Karanda, a 1988 David Eddings novel

Lord Demon, a 1999 Roger Zelazny novel

Shin Hae-chul, a K-pop star who was nicknamed "Demon Lord"

Geoff Taylor (illustrator)

Geoff Taylor (born 1946 in Lancaster) is an English fantasy artist.Taylor has illustrated books for famous fantasy writers such as Robert Holdstock, Philip K. Dick, David and Leigh Eddings, Graham Edwards, Raymond E. Feist, Katharine Kerr, J. R. R. Tolkien, Roger Zelazny, and David Zindell. Taylor is also known for his illustrations for Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, and the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. Since 1991 he has painted some of the rich imagery for Games Workshop and their unique Warhammer World, in addition to painting covers for the Black Library, an offshoot of Games Workshop, and gaming cards for Sabertooth Games.

High Hunt

High Hunt is the first published novel of David Eddings. It was first published in 1973 by G. P. Putnam's Sons, its copyright was renewed and it published in New York by HarperCollins in 1993, and then in 1994 by Del Rey Books. High Hunt is Eddings' first novel and one of only two "mainstream novels" he wrote during his career. While it is not fantasy, as are most of Eddings' other books, it still shares similarities with most of them as the book focuses on the main character maturing, falling in love, and overcoming personal tragedy. The story is written from the first person perspective though the eyes of Dan Alders, a soldier back from army duty in germany and on a hunting trip with his estranged brother Jack and some "friends": Cal, Lou, and Stan. The theme of the returning soldier was also in Eddings' novel How Lovely are the Dead (1954) submitted as his undergraduate thesis at Reed College and later his own experience returning from service in Germany. During the hunt, tensions and old hatreds rise and escalate into open fighting. The story takes place in the Cascade Mountains, in Washington state U.S.

List of The Belgariad and The Malloreon characters

This is a list of The Belgariad and The Malloreon characters. The Belgariad and The Malloreon are two parts of a fantasy epic written by David Eddings. Note: All of the statements (deceased, married) are written from the current information by the end of the series.

List of The Dreamers characters

This is a list of The Dreamers characters. The Dreamers is a fantasy epic saga written by David Eddings.

Polgara the Sorceress

Polgara the Sorceress is a fantasy novel by American writers David and Leigh Eddings, and the twelfth in the setting of The Belgariad, The Malloreon and Belgarath the Sorcerer. Like the latter novel, it is presented as a first-person narrative recounting the life of the eponymous character, Polgara, framed by a prologue and epilogue in the third person placing it in context relative to the earlier stories. The fictional character of Polgara is the (many generations removed) aunt of Belgarion and the daughter of Belgarath.

Regina's Song

Regina's Song, written by David and Leigh Eddings, is a murder mystery novel, with some fantasy themes present as well. The story takes place in Seattle, Washington.

The story involves the murder of an identical twin. Regina and Renata are so identical that after their infant footprint records are lost, no one is certain which twin is which—even their own parents. Thus, when one of the twins is raped and killed, the authorities simply assume that it was the 'dominant' one: Regina. After years of psychotherapy, the surviving twin Renata tries to lead a normal life. She attends the same college as Mark, a family friend and surrogate big brother, who juggles his own course schedule and teaching responsibilities. While Mark keeps an eye on Renata, a series of petty criminals are found murdered in the area. Mark and his friends (Sylvia, Erika, Trish, James, and Charlie) eventually realize that Renata is responsible for the murders and is hunting down her sister's killer. Once she accomplishes her goal, Renata has a complete psychological breakdown; she does not know who or where she is, and she speaks exclusively in a secret language that the twins had invented when they were young. Renata is not taken to the police. Instead, she is stealthily placed into the care of a secretive abbey for the rest of her life.

Riva (Belgariad and Malloreon)

Riva is a fictional kingdom in David Eddings' The Belgariad. It is located on the Isle of the Winds and is the customary meeting place of the Alorn Council.

The Belgariad

The Belgariad is a five-book fantasy epic written by David Eddings, following the journey of protagonist Garion and his companions, first to recover a sacred stone, and later to use it against antagonist Torak.

The Dreamers (novel series)

The Dreamers is the title of a fantasy book series by American writer David Eddings and his wife Leigh Eddings. The story revolves around four beings known as The Elder Gods residing in the land of Dhrall: Dahlaine of the North, Veltan of the South, Zelana of the West and Aracia of the East. They must recruit the help of outlanders to destroy the fiendish Vlagh and prevent its attempt at world conquest. The Vlagh is a creature whose more remarkable power is the ability to consciously direct the evolution of its minions, adapting them to the situation as required (the evolution is not instantaneous, but it takes months or even just days, as it is seen in the second book, The Treasured One). Most of Vlagh's creations are vaguely insect-like, venomous and violent, although some creatures have been bred human-like enough to pass as humans (and are used as spies). The creatures also share an Overmind, through which each of them knows and sees what the others do. Despite these major advantages, the Vlagh and the creatures of the Vlagh are not intelligent. They can't even understand the meaning of death which causes many defeats early on but as they fight more they begin to avoid simple traps like arrows and poisoned spikes that the protagonists use. As the Vlagh realizes this, the heroes have already designed new traps and strategies to confuse their enemy. However, the Elder Gods are not permitted to use their powers to kill, but the young Dreamers, infant forms of the Younger Gods: Eleria (originally Balacenia), Yaltar (originally Vash), Lillabeth (originally Enalla) and Ashad (originally Dakas), can use the powers of their dreams to foresee visions of the future as a warning to an attack and cause great natural disasters capable of mass destruction and killing.

The books are written in sections each with about 4-6 chapters and each time a new one is started, it usually gives background information on a specific character and then tells the story from their perspective. On occasions, it will have a new character in every chapter, such as in the section titled "Many Voices" in The Treasured One.

The series includes four titles:

The Elder Gods (2003)

The Treasured One (2004)

Crystal Gorge (2005)

The Younger Gods (2006)

The Elenium

The Elenium is a series of fantasy novels by American writer David Eddings. The series consists of three volumes:

The Diamond Throne

The Ruby Knight

The Sapphire RoseThe series is followed by The Tamuli.

The Elenium is Eddings' third fantasy series.

The Losers

The Losers may refer to:

The Losers (comics), a war comic book feature published by DC Comics starting in 1970

The Losers (Vertigo), a comic published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, inspired by the original comic series

The Losers (film), a 2010 action film based on the Vertigo comic

The Losers (TV series), an ITV sitcom from 1978 starring Leonard Rossiter

The Losers, a novel written by David Eddings and published in 1992

The Losers (Howard Stern), a band made up of The Howard Stern Show cast members

An alternate title for the 1970 movie Nam's Angels

The Malloreon

The Malloreon is a five-part fantasy book series written by David Eddings, which follows The Belgariad. The Malloreon is set in the same world as The Belgariad, but expands on several aspects of the setting, especially the eastern continent of Mallorea.

The Redemption of Althalus

The Redemption of Althalus is a stand-alone fantasy novel by David and Leigh Eddings. Its main character is Althalus, a professional thief enlisted by the Goddess Dweia to save the world from the desolations of her evil brother Daeva and his henchman Ghend.

The Rivan Codex

The Rivan Codex is a collection of background material to the Belgariad and Malloreon fantasy saga by David and Leigh Eddings. It consists of two bodies of material used in writing the novels, one for each series, with three informal essays by David Eddings. Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress do not have dedicated sections, but are referred to in the Eddings' discussions, and drew on the material of the first ten books. In particular, one text presented in the background to the Belgariad forms the basis for the first chapter of Belgarath the Sorcerer.

The Rivan Codex also contains the holy writings of the various religions in the world and the economic diversities of the different countries. It starts off with a creation story where each god takes a people and then goes into their specific money, religion, economy method, trade relations, weights/measures, etc.

One of the essays also lists the following formula for epic fantasy:

The Underlying Theology (Polytheistic/Monotheistic/Buddhist/Other)

The Quest (object of the hero's existence, reason for the group)

The Magic Talisman (Holy Grail/One Ring/Magic Sword/Jewel)

The Hero: Galahad the Pure, Gawain the Brave, Percival the Dumb (Naive), or Lancelot the Heavyweight Champion of the World.

The Resident Wizard (Gandalf, Merlin, Belgarath)

The Heroine (Ce'Nedra)

The Villain (usually with some diabolical agenda)

The Companions (generally a multicultural crew who can protect the hero until he defeats the villain)

The Romantic Interests for 8.(NB: both 8&9 must be well-rounded groups, with individualised personalities and flaws)

The kings, queens, emperors, generals, courtiers and such, who make up the governments of the world.

The Tamuli

The Tamuli is a series of fantasy novels by American writer David Eddings. The series consists of three volumes:

Domes of Fire

The Shining Ones

The Hidden CityThe Tamuli is the sequel to The Elenium. In this series, Sparhawk and friends travel to the Tamul Empire, far to the east.

Voyager Classics Collection

The Voyager Classics Collection was published by Voyager Books 'to celebrate the greatest works of science fiction and fantasy'. It consists of the following 36 titles (with first published dates):

The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien (1954)

The Once and Future King by T. H. White (1958)

Foundation by Isaac Asimov (1951)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)

Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (1992)

The Two Towers by J R R Tolkien (1954)

Weaveworld by Clive Barker (1987)

The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke (1986)

The Game-Players of Titan by Philip K. Dick (1963)

Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)

Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (1993)

The Return of the King by J R R Tolkien (1955)

Out of the Silent Planet/Perelandra by C. S. Lewis (1938)/(1943)

Shadowland by Peter Straub (1980)

Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson (1996)

That Hideous Strength by C S Lewis (1945)

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (1950)

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (1950)

Magician by Raymond E. Feist (1982)

The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter (1995)

The Silmarillion by J R R Tolkien (1977)

Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen Donaldson (1977)

Neverness by David Zindell (1988)

The Illearth War by Stephen Donaldson (1978)

The Diamond Throne by David Eddings (1989)

Counter-Clock World by Philip K Dick (1967)

At the Mountains of Madness by H. P. Lovecraft (1936)

Cloven Hooves by Megan Lindholm (1991)

The Power that Preserves by Stephen Donaldson (1979)

The Ruby Knight by David Eddings (1991)

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury (1951)

Shikasta by Doris Lessing (1979)

The Sapphire Rose by David Eddings (1992)

Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith (1994)

Imajica by Clive Barker (1991)

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