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file:///C|/Documents and Settings/hasii/Dokumenty/Maranovi ptkoviny..., and Classic eBooks/Eddings, David/David Eddings - The Rivan Codex.TXTThe Rivan codex By David EddingsAncient Texts of The Belgariad and The MalloreonWhen David Eddings sketched a strange map one morning before work, he took thefirst step in an extraordinary imaginative journey that would last for yearsand result in a majestic saga of Gods, Kings, and Sorcerers--one loved bymillions of readers the world over. Now David and Leigh Eddings take us on afascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the extensive background materials theycompiled before beginning the masterpiece of epic fantasy unforgettably setdown in The Belgariad and The Malloreon and their two companion volumes,Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress.Our tour stretches from the wealthy Empire of Tolnedra to the remote Isle ofthe Winds, from the mysterious mountains of Ulgoland to the forbidding reachesof darkest Mallorea. We will visit the time before Time when two opposingDestinies began the cataclysmic struggle for supremacy that would involve Godsand men alike, crack a world asunder, and threaten to unravel the fabric ofthe universe itself. We will see the origin of the Orb of Aldur and glimpsethe final act upon the Sardion Stone.Along the way, we will stop to greet old friends: Belgarath, the Old Wolf,disciple of the god Aldur; Polgara, his enigmatic daughter; brave Belgarion,the Rivan King; and his beautiful Queen, Ce'Nedra. Old enemies will bewaiting, too: the maimed god Torak, evil incarnate; Zandramas, fearsome Childof the Dark; and the tragically corrupted traitor, Belzedar.Rare volumes will be opened to your eyes. Sacred holy books in which you mayread the secrets of the Gods themselves and of their prophets. Scholarlyhistories of the rise and fall of empires from the Imperial Library at TolHoneth. The profound mysteries of the Malloreon Gospels.Brimming with the adventure, romance, and excitement readers have come toexpect from David and Leigh Eddings--including invaluable advice for aspiringwriters on how and how not to create their own fantasy worlds--The Rivan Codexwill enrich your understanding of all that has gone before . . . and whet yourappetite for all that is yet to come.THE BELGARIADBook One: Pawn of Prophecyfile:///C|/Documents and Settings/hasii/Dokumenty/Mara...Books/Eddings, David/David Eddings - The Rivan Codex.TXT (1 of 326)16.11.2003 18:43:08file:///C|/Documents and Settings/hasii/Dokumenty/Maranovi ptkoviny..., and Classic eBooks/Eddings, David/David Eddings - The Rivan Codex.TXTBook Two: Queen of SorceryBook Three: Magician's GambitBook Four: Castle of WizardryBook Five: Enchanters'End GameTHE MALLOREONBook One: Guardians of the WestBook Two: Kings of the MurgosBook Three: Demon Lord of KarandaBook Four: Sorceress of DarshivaBook Five: The Seeress of KellTHE ELENIUMBook One: The Diamond ThroneBook Two: The Ruby KnightBook Three: The Sapphire RoseTHE TAMULIBook One: Domes of FireBook Two: The Shining OnesBook Three: The H~ CityHigh HuntThe LosersBy David and Leigh EddingsThe Prequel to the Belgariad: Belgarath the SorcererThe Companion Novel to Belgarath the Sorcerer: Polgara the SorceressDAVID & LEIGH EDDINGS,The RIVAMcodexANCIENT TEXTS OF THE BELgARIADAND THE MALLOREONILLUSTRATED BYGEOFFTAYLOR file:///C|/Documents and Settings/hasii/Dokumenty/Mara...Books/Eddings, David/David Eddings - The Rivan Codex.TXT (2 of 326)16.11.2003 18:43:08file:///C|/Documents and Settings/hasii/Dokumenty/Maranovi ptkoviny..., and Classic eBooks/Eddings, David/David Eddings - The Rivan Codex.TXTHarperCoflinsSblishers VoyagerAn Imprint of HarpeiCollinsPublishers77-85 Fulham Palace Road,Hammersmith, London W6 8JBThe voyager World Wide Web site address ishttp: / /wwwharpereoRins.co.uk/voyagerPublished by Voyager 19981 3 5 7 9 8 6 4 2Copyright David and Leigh Eddings 1998The Authors assert the moral right tobe identified as the authors of this workA catalogue record for this bookis available from the British LibraryISBN 0 00 224677 50 00 224702 X (Deluxe edition)Set in PalatinoPrinted and bound in Australia byGriffin Press Pty Ltd, South AustraliaA division of PMP CommunicationsAll rights reserved. No part of this publication may bereproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted,in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical,photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the priorpermission of the publishers.For Malcolm, lane, loy~ Geoff and all the staff at HarperCollins.It's always a genuine pleasure to work with you.With all our thanks.file:///C|/Documents and Settings/hasii/Dokumenty/Mara...Books/Eddings, David/David Eddings - The Rivan Codex.TXT (3 of 326)16.11.2003 18:43:08file:///C|/Documents and Settings/hasii/Dokumenty/Maranovi ptkoviny..., and Classic eBooks/Eddings, David/David Eddings - The Rivan Codex.TXTDAVID & LEIGH CONTENTSintroductionPreface: The Personal History of Belgarath the SorcererPART I: THE HOLY BOOKSThe Book of AlornThe Book of TorakTestament of the Snake PeopleHymn to ChaldanThe Lament of MaraThe Proverbs of NedraThe Sermon of AldurThe Book of UlgoPART II: THE HISTORIESGeneral Background and GeographyThe Empire of TolnedraAppendix on MaragorThe Alorn KingdomsThe Isle of the WindsCherekDrasniaAlgaria (Including an appendix on the Vale of Aldur)SendariaArendiaUlgolandNyissaThe Angarak KingdomsGar og NadrakMishrak ac ThullCthol Murgosfile:///C|/Documents and Settings/hasii/Dokumenty/Mara...Books/Eddings, David/David Eddings - The Rivan Codex.TXT (4 of 326)16.11.2003 18:43:09file:///C|/Documents and Settings/hasii/Dokumenty/Maranovi ptkoviny..., and Classic eBooks/Eddings, David/David Eddings - The Rivan Codex.TXT PART Iii: THE BATTLE OF VO MIMBREBook Seven: The Battle Before Vo MimbreAfterword by Master jeebersIntermissionIV: PRELIMINARY STUDIES TO THE MALLOREONA Cursory History of the Angarak KingdomsV: THE MALLOREAN GOSPELSThe Book of AgesThe Book of FatesThe Book of TasksThe Book of GenerationsThe Book of VisionsVI: A SUMMARY OF CURRENT EVENTSFrom the Journal of Anheg of CherekAfterward389INTRODUCTIONMy decision to publish this volume. was made in part becauseof a goodly number of flattering letters I've received over the pastseveral years. Some of these letters have come from students atvarious levels, and to make matters worse, I've also received letters fromteachers who inform me that they're actually encouraging this sortof thing. Aren't they aware that they're supposed to wait until I'msafely in the ground before they do this?The students, naturally, ask questions. The teachers hint aroundthe edges of an invitation to stop by and address the class. I'm veryflattered, as I mentioned, but I don't write - or grade - term papersany more, and I don't travel. To put it idiomatically, 'I ain't going no file:///C|/Documents and Settings/hasii/Dokumenty/Mara...Books/Eddings, David/David Eddings - The Rivan Codex.TXT (5 of 326)16.11.2003 18:43:09file:///C|/Documents and Settings/hasii/Dokumenty/Maranovi ptkoviny..., and Classic eBooks/Eddings, David/David Eddings - The Rivan Codex.TXTplace; I been where I'm going.'Then there are those other letters, the ones which rather bashfullyconfide an intention to 'try writing fantasy myself' I don't worry toomuch about those correspondents. They'll get over that notion ratherquickly once they discover what's involved. I'm sure that most ofthem will eventually decide to take up something simpler - brainsurgery or rocket science, perhaps.I'd more or less decided to just file those letters and keep mymouth shut. A prolonged silence might be the best way to encouragea passing fancy to do just that - pass.Then I recalled a conversation I had with Lester del Rey on oneoccasion. When I'd first submitted my proposal for the Belgariad, I'dexpected the usual leisurely reaction-time, but Lester respondedwith what I felt to be unseemly haste. He wanted to see this thing now, but I wasn't ready to let him see it - now. I was in revision ofwhat I thought would be Book I, and since I was still doing honestwork in those days, my time was somewhat curtailed. I wantedto keep him interested, however, so I sent him my 'PreliminaryStudies' instead - 'So that you'll have the necessary backgroundmaterial.' Lester later told me that while he was reading those studies, he kept telling himself, 'There's no way we can publish thisstuff,' but then he admitted, 'but I kept reading.' We were fairly faralong in the Belgariad when he made this confession, and he wenton to say, 'Maybe when we've got the whole story finished, wemight want to think about releasing those studies.'Eventually, the two ideas clicked together. I had people out thereasking questions, and I had the answers readily at hand since nobodyin his right mind takes on a multi-book project without some fairlyextensive preparation. My Preliminary Studies were right theretaking up space, I'd just finished a five-book contract, and I had nothing else currently on the fire. All this thing needed was a briefintroduction and some footnotes, and we were off to press. Just inpassing I should advise you that my definition of 'brief' and yoursmight differ just a bit. It takes me a hundred pages just to clear mythroat. Had you noticed that? I thought you might have.)Please bear in mind the fact that these studies are almost twentyyears old, and there are going to be gaps. There are places wheresome great leaps occurred, frequently flowing out of the point of mypen during that actual writing, and I wasn't keeping a diary toreport these bursts of inspired creativity. I'll candidly admit thatprobably no more than half of these 'strokes of genius' actuallyworked. Some of them would have been disastrous. Fortunately, myfile:///C|/Documents and Settings/hasii/Dokumenty/Mara...Books/Eddings, David/David Eddings - The Rivan Codex.TXT (6 of 326)16.11.2003 18:43:09file:///C|/Documents and Settings/hasii/Dokumenty/Maranovi ptkoviny..., and Classic eBooks/Eddings, David/D