For the A to Z Challenge, I have chosen the theme of characters. On my normal blogging days, Monday – parenting, Wednesday – quotes, and Thursday – writing/publishing, I will focus on characteristics. On the other days (Tuesday, Friday and Saturday), I will write about characters from movies, TVs or books.
Today the letter is B which is for Belgarath the Sorcerer from the books of David and Leigh Eddings.
When we first meet Belgarath at the beginning of the Belgariad series, he is a sly, old man. We learn over the course of the two main series (The Belgaraid and The Malloreon series) that he is, in fact, 7000 years old and the first disciple of the God Aldur.
Over the centuries, he has become a master of disguise so to avoid unwanted attention but still shows up for many major world events and wars. He began life as a petty thief before being taken in by the God Aldur and becoming the God’s disciple.
He is easily irritable and mischievous but extremely clever, often marveling at how things are progressing. He is the teacher to the chief protagonist of the series, Belgarion, who is distantly related to Belgarath. (Think great-grandson with a tremendous amount of greats added to it.)
Belgarath also appears in the books Polgara the Sorceress and Belgarath the Sorcerer which are recollections of events before the two original series and the Rivan Codex, a collection of background material that Eddings used for writing the 10 books in the series.
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