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The Rivan Codex: Ancient Texts of the "Belgariad" and the "Malloreon" [Illustrated] [Paperback]

David Eddings , Leigh Eddings
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5 Oct 2010

Comprising the ancient texts of The Belgariad and The Malloreon, The Rivan Codex is a book which stands in the same relationship to the Belgariad and Malloreon as The Silmarillion does to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Before David Eddings started to write his first fantasy series, the BELGARIAD, in the late 1970s, he spent a year working on the design and mythology of the fantasy world in which it is set.

The Rivan Codex comprises the immensely readable background material to Eddings’ best-loved series, repeated information a lot of it, but it’s the books that repeat the information, and these seminal documents have about them an air of original inspiration, world-building in action. The rest of it is background which is taken for granted but not spelled out.

History, geography, myths and folktales, peoples, gods, customs, social organization, political hierarchy, laws, dress, modes of address, produce, culture, flora, fauna, all presented with so light a touch one can only yearn for Eddings to be taken up by academics so that his style might catch on in the real real world.

The 12-book long series grew out of these delightful preliminary sketches like a river growing from a spring of striking purity and constancy. Magically, the information reads fresh each time, minimal Eddings prose, beguilingly arcane, in which massive events attain an all-time perspective.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New Ed edition (5 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0435233211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006483496
  • ASIN: 0006483496
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David and Leigh Eddings take readers on a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the extensive background material they compiled before writing their epic fantasy "The Belgariad" and the "Malloreon" and the two companion volumes, Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress.

The tour stretches from the wealthy Empire of Tolnedra to the remote Isle of the Winds, from the mysterious mountains of Ulgoland to the forbidding reaches of darkest Mallorea. Readers visit the time before Time when two opposing Destinies began the cataclysmic struggle for supremacy that would involve Gods and men alike, crack a world asunder, and threaten to unravel the fabric of the universe itself. One also gets to see the origin of the Orb of Aldur and glimpse the final act upon the Sardion Stone. --Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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‘The Rivan Codex is the definitive handbook to his fantasy domains by Eddings and his wife Leigh’
Weekend Telegraph


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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent background information 13 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is not the book to read if you are expecting another Belgarion et all story. It quite clearly states that it is not about that. What this book gives you is some idea of the details that the Eddings applied to create their world. In it you will find such mundane things as countries economic base, ruling structure and coinage - but if you keep going you will also be able to read the histories of all the countries you read about in the books as well as all their major texts (the prayer of Issa is particularly interesting). Eddings is at pains to point out in this book that this was just his approach to writing, and in no way should you attempt to recreate it as it may not work for you.
And valuable insight in the amount of detail required to bring to life a fantasy world.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Double edged sword 27 Mar 2005
Format:Paperback
Having been a fan of this series for many years - indeed waiting impatiently for him to publish the ongoing books as he was finishing them, and having enjoyed the post-series prequel accounts (figure that one out), Belgarath and Polgara, I had to have this book when it came out. The amount of sheer hard work that has gone into constructing the world where we have followed the whole saga unfolding is extremely impressive and the origins of the different races, cultures and conflicts are well laid out, filling in a number of gaps left by the books themselves. Other reviewers have outlined the content of the book very well so I would like to make a slightly different point. The book was spoiled for me to a degree by Eddings's arrogant (I thought) dismissal of Tolkien right at the start. I doubt there is anybody alive who has read The Belgariad et al who has not read the Lord of the Rings. You must decide for yourself which you prefer or if you feel they both have equal merit but this element of 'one-upmanship', implying almost a contemptuous deisregard for the man who did it first altered my perception of Eddings. Having said that, the whole series, culminating in this detail-laden crowning work still stands as a landmark in fantasy fiction and will remain so for a long time to come.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For true lovers of the Belgariad and Mallorean 23 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is definately a book for those readers who want to know how the ideas behind the stories were formulated. It is really just a comprehensive list about each of the different gods and their people, but to the avid fan such as myself, I would reccommend it whole heartedly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Milking it for all its worth 24 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
What you have to understand is that this is not a Novel, this sets the scene for the Belgariad and the Mallorean. Strange that as it has come out after the others.
It is really for die hard fans only, especially as most of the content is covered in the prologues throughout the twelve books already published (which were excellent).
Overall I think this is just a way to make more money for the Authors
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4.0 out of 5 stars A History book for Eddings's world's fans. 1 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Do not expect a book as thrilling as the Belgariad or the Malloreon because this time, there's absolutely NO action. But if you really are a FAN of David and Leigh Eddings (as I am), you'll love this book. It contains the theological, social and cultural backgrounds of each country, including money value, traditionnal costumes and other stuff. It also contains comments by David Eddings, advising you not to try to write Fantasy unless you really have the vocation, or simply telling you what to do and what not to do if you still want to write... In a few words, this book is funny to read because you learn many thing about how characters came to life, but do not expect to find even a single once of suspense in it...
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Format:Hardcover
I'm an Eddings addict, so i'm slightly biased,. But I find this insight into David and Leigh's world is great. This the autographed, specially bound limited edition copy is probably only for real addicts. The book shows how the world developed, the book goes into a lot of detail about how each of the races on the planet developed. I found myself laughing as bits you read from the books click into place. A great read, but unless you are an Eddings addict or a collector then I suggest you go for the normal hardback version which has the same content. Or like myself you have one of each ;)
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3.0 out of 5 stars One for fans of the earlier works. 7 July 2000
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Format:Paperback
This book sets out some of the material used in the production of David and Leigh Eddings' eariler series "The Belgariad" and "Malloreon". It is of a lot of interest to fans of these works but of only limited interest to others. (The introductory section being the exception since that is reasonably general).
The book gives an insight into the process of creation of the worlds of Eddings but since it was prelimnary material which was modified for the actual novels it fails to add as much to the reader's understanding of the novels.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary levels of background detail 22 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I can understand people being disappointed in this book if they were expecting it to be another standalone prequel telling a single coherent story, but as long as you know what you're in for (and have a certain level of interest in the Belgariad/Malloreon in the first place), then you'll have a whale of a time. There's enough stuff here to make its publication more than a cynical cash-in, and though it's by necessity old news to anyone who's read the books it refers to, there are more details than you could ever want on the people and countries you've come to know and love (and it's heartening to see just how much planning goes into some of these epics). After the painful tedium of re-reading exactly the same story for the third time in Polgara the Sorceress, it's a breath of fresh air to finally see things from such a wide range of different angles. The only thing that really brings it down is the patronising commentary from Eddings himself...
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5.0 out of 5 stars great
This book came on time and is in good condition and as discribed ,i have not yet read it but will soon thank you very much would buy from you again.
Published 4 months ago by floss
1.0 out of 5 stars And ... get over yourself ...
I have really enjoyed the Belgariad since it was given to me by a concerned aunt after the death of my father when I was 24, many moons ago - she knew I was looking for a way out... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sandgroper61
3.0 out of 5 stars Uncompleted backgrounds
Useful to complete the set of Belgariad and Malloreon books - but it does seem a bit like cashing in on a success by printing you background workings, without putting in the effort... Read more
Published 9 months ago by MR C J SPENCER
3.0 out of 5 stars Less interesting than the others
I had not read this before, despite having owned the Belgariad and Mallorean books for many years. I found it less interesting than the Polgara and Belgarath prequels - somewhat... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Debbie Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars An insight into the creative process!
This book really gives you a sense of all the work that goes into creating a new world, populated by believable characters.
Published on 9 Oct 2011 by Steph
4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Eddings fans
This is a great book for fans of Eddings, it fills in any gaps and answers any and all questions. I have read this book several times and, along with the belgariad and mallorean, I... Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2010 by Marcus Holmes
1.0 out of 5 stars Should perhaps have been published before the Belgariad, etc
I saw no reviews before I bought this book and would have paid no heed if I had - this may have been my mistake. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont get this!!!
I have read all of the Eddings books, except Althalus so far, and was appaled at the quality of this book. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars A book to easily put down.
This book is a collection of details about charcters who are in previous books. It reminds me of a Friday afternoon publisher thinking what can we do very little work for to make... Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2000
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