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David Eddings Passes Away at 77

Fantasy Novelist has passed away

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 04, 2009
Source: Scifi.About.com


Fantasy author David Eddings
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Fantasy writer David Eddings has passed away at the age of 77. David, who was spotlighted in our recent Top 20 Greatest Fantasy Writers of All-Time, was predeceased by his wife and writing partner Leigh two years ago.

Inspired into the world of fantasy after reading Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" series, Eddings left his footprint on the genre landscape when he wrote Pawn of Prophecy, the first of a five book series called “The Belgariad”.

As Mania's Tim Janson said back in April, Eddings' contributions represent some of the best-selling and most popular fantasies of the 1980s with "Belgariad" and “The Mallorean", another popular five book series from his imagination.

For more on the writer, check out Mark Whittington's piece over at Associated Content.

Thanks to Maniac Pella for passing the sad news.

 

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tjanson 6/4/2009 6:54:21 AM

Well that is truly sad news.  Eddings was a testament to you're never too old as he didn't become a best-selling noveliest until he was into his 50s.  I didn't enjoy his later works as much as the Belgariad, Mallorean, or a couple of others but he really owned the 1980s

oberonqa 6/4/2009 11:15:44 AM

Truly sad news indeed.  I grew up reading Edding's works (literally... I read Pawn of Prophecy when I was 9 years old).  Rest in peace my friend.

MightyJim 6/4/2009 2:21:08 PM

Eddings has received a lot of criticism, much of it justly deserved.  His stories are repetitive, his characters are often little more than templates drawn from some archetypal study, and his world-building left much to be desired, especially when it came to political details.

And yet, there was something wonderful to the trademark banter between any set of his characters.  Just beneath the surface of yet another fantasy novel threatening to take itself to seriously, Eddings would give you a wink and a smile, crack wise for a moment, and then get on with telling the story.

But of course, you've noticed that, haven't you?

I thought I noticed you noticing.

I always had a feeling that if I'd had the opportunity to speak to Eddings, much of the tone and wit of his dialogue would have been present in that interview.  When I told him what an evil man he was for hooking me more firmly into fantasy fiction, he probably would have replied, with tongue firmly in cheek, "We all have these little faults," as he lit up a fresh bowl on his pipe.  

Garion, Belgarath, and the rest of the "Belgariad" cast became good friends to me as a young reader.  Clearly, they struck a chord with many of the rest of us, as well, or Eddings would have continued teaching literature instead of crafting it. 

Thank you, Professor.  Godspeed to you.

Walker 6/7/2009 6:57:57 AM

I really enjoyed Eddings when I read him, and for that, he shall be greatly remembered.

However, I think if Eddings wrote today, his work would definitely be considered "young adult".  It was the sort of shallow fun that you would find in that market (before Harry Potter, that is).  I remember loving the books when I was in my teens.  However, in my 20s, I made the mistake of trying to reread them.  They were so bad on the reread that  I stopped so that I would not ruin the great memories of reading them the first time.

I never did make it through the Mallorean.  By that time, I was too old.

dotslash 6/11/2009 2:52:14 PM

very sad.   I kinda agree with Walker though - they didn't read the same when you got a little older.  But boy where they gripping when i first read them - big chunky books that seemed to melt away when you read them.

RIP

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