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The Rivan Codex also contains the holy writings of the various religions in the world and the economic diversities of the different countries.
 
The Rivan Codex also contains the holy writings of the various religions in the world and the economic diversities of the different countries.
   
One of the essays also lists the following formula for [[epic fantasy]]:
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One of the essays also lists the following formula for epic fantasy:
*1. The Underlying Theology (Polytheistic/Monotheistic/Buddhist/Other)
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*1. The Underlying Theology
 
*2. The Quest
 
*2. The Quest
*3. The Magic Talisman (Holy Grail/One Ring/Magic Sword/Jewel)
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*3. The Magic Talisman
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*4. The Hero
*4. The Hero: Galahad the Pure, Gawain the Brave, Perceval the Dumb (Naive), or Lancelot.
 
*5. The Resident Wizard (Gandalf, Merlin, Belgarath)
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*5. The Resident Wizard
 
*6. The Heroine
 
*6. The Heroine
*7. The Villain (usually with some diabolical agenda)
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*7. The Villain
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*8. The Companions
*8. The Companions (generally a multicultural crew who can protect the hero until he defeats the villain)
 
*9. The Romantic Interests for 8.(NB: both 8&9 must be well-rounded groups, with individualised personalities and flaws)
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*9. The Romantic Interests for 8.
 
*10. The kings, queens, emperors, generals, courtiers and such, who make up the governments of the world.
 
*10. The kings, queens, emperors, generals, courtiers and such, who make up the governments of the world.
   

Revision as of 22:23, 3 February 2008

The Rivan Codex

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Author David Eddings
Cover Artist
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Fantasy
Publisher Del Rey Books
Publication date 1999
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 480 pp (paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-345-43586-9

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 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.

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

  • 1. The Underlying Theology
  • 2. The Quest
  • 3. The Magic Talisman
  • 4. The Hero
  • 5. The Resident Wizard
  • 6. The Heroine
  • 7. The Villain
  • 8. The Companions
  • 9. The Romantic Interests for 8.
  • 10. The kings, queens, emperors, generals, courtiers and such, who make up the governments of the world.

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