The Writing of David Eddings

David Eddings

David Eddings was the prolific author of over 25 novels. He sadly passed away June 2nd 2009 aged 77. Eddings was most famous for the fantasy series Belgariad.

Eddings was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He studied both drama and English at Reed College and subsequently spent many years as a college lecturer. In the early 1970s he decided to write his first novel High Hunt. Much of his early works were non-fantasy. High Hunt was a hunting adventure novel. Eddings didn’t begin his foray into the realm of fantasy until he happened upon a copy of Lord of the Rings which was at the time in its seventy-eighth re-print. Taking his lead from Tolkien, Eddings decided to map out a new fantasy world, creating what would be the world of The Belgariad and eventually the sequel series The Mallorean.

Since then, he has created a number of different series that are much loved by fantasy readers everywhere. In addition to The Belgariad and The Mallorean, he created The Elenium, The Tamuli and The Dreamers series which he co-wrote with his wife, Leigh Eddings. Eddings’ novels spoke to modern readers without the stiffness of prose that is sometimes associated with the genre.

The Eddings’ final novel was published in 2006 titled The Younger Gods, part of The Dreamers series. In 2007 Leigh Eddings died aged 69, following a stroke. Unfinished manuscripts by Eddings as well as his other published manuscripts will go to Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

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