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Beloved and influential fantasy author David Eddings, who in tandem with his late wife Leigh managed to garner both commercial and critical success with several series of best-selling novels, has passed away at the age of 77.

Eddings is best known for The Belgariad series, the first installment of which, The Pawn of Prophecy (1982), prompted Lester del Rey to tell him, "You've written a classic." The series introduced many to fantasy, and inspired some to write themselves (including Stephen Hunt, whose tribute to Eddings is here). Eddings was himself inspired by the success of The Lord of the Rings, which he was startled to discover was in its 78th printing when he encountered a display copy in a bookstore.

The Eddings' work includes The Belgariad series (5 books, 1982-1984) and The Malloreon series (5 books, 1987-1991), with three related books in the 1990s; The Elenium and The Tamuli (two trilogies, 1989-1994); and The Dreamers series (4 books, 2003-2006).

Eddings was famously old-fashioned, never using a typewriter or computer (he wrote out his scripts in long-hand) and was well-known for being self-effacing, once remarking, "I'm never going to be in danger of getting a Nobel Prize for literature." He was most pleased when told that his books had turned nonreaders into booklovers. "I look upon this as perhaps my purpose in life," he explained in a 1997 interview. "I am here to teach a generation or two how to read. After they've finished with me and I don't challenge them any more, they can move on to somebody important like Homer or Milton."

When asked in a recent interview what made his books so successful, Eddings replied with the same answer many of his fans would give: "Characters. My people are as real as I can make them."

Comments

June 3, 2009 at 8:42 am
(1) Sarah Spall says:

What a sad day. I really enjoyed reading his books. I was first introduced to the books on the Belgariad when I was in University and was hooked and I especially liked the Sparhawk books. A great loss to the fantasy world.

June 3, 2009 at 9:46 am
(2) Sandra Chung says:

Aww jeeze, this is sad news indeed. I remember when I read the Belgariad, and then spotted book one of the Mallorean, I bought it, read it in a day, and then waited for the next ones. Thank you, David, for giving of yourself, and such wonderful stories. You will be muchly missed.

June 3, 2009 at 11:11 am
(3) Laurna says:

That is so sad!

Been reading his books since I was 12, in fact I just recently replaced my Belgariad series as it was all falling to pieces from being read so much

My first two fictional crushes were thanks to him, Sparkhawk and Durnik

May the old ones guide him safely home

June 3, 2009 at 11:13 am
(4) DKmurphy says:

I just finished re-reading all of his books…again. such a great writer.

June 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm
(5) Queen Anthai says:

I’m shocked and saddened. I hold David and Leigh’s novels very, very close to my heart. He humanized the fantasy genre and gave it a richness and detail that had been sorely lacking, as well as a subtle sense of humor.

I remember in 1998, my boyfriend at the time loaned me the Belgariad, and I was sucked in from Chapter One. I loved every character, even the minor ones, so much so that the story was almost incidental. I branched out from there to the Malloreon and then to the Elenium/Tamuli. The latter books took me a while to grow into, but now I consider them the Eddings’ finest novels.

I wish I had been able to meet David and Leigh and let them know they enriched my reading and writing of fantasy in ways that I’ll always be grateful for.

June 3, 2009 at 12:32 pm
(6) Barbara says:

This is sad news indeed. I adored so many of his characters and his novels were a great inspriation to me in my own personal journey through life. He will be sorely missed. =(

June 3, 2009 at 12:33 pm
(7) Elizabeth Clark says:

RIP David…your words inspired me to write…you will be sorely missed.

June 3, 2009 at 12:47 pm
(8) John says:

My absolutely favorite author. I’ve read all his books many many times. His writing style brings the characters, even the ones only around for a couple of pages, to life.

June 3, 2009 at 12:49 pm
(9) Mark Menard says:

I started with The Belgariad on the first printing of the first book and followed all the way through to the end. Loved his books. Reading them is like having a bunch of friends over for a great evening. RIP David.

June 3, 2009 at 1:48 pm
(10) Tony says:

Oh geez! David is the man that got me interested in reading Sci-Fi in the first place back in the 80′s when I was in college.

A couple of years ago I had remarked to the owner of a used bookstore that I lost my copied of High Hunt and The Loosers in a move. They just happened to be related to David and wrote him for me. He sent me autographed copies of the original editions. I think I need to lock those in a safe now!

June 3, 2009 at 1:51 pm
(11) gammy says:

very upsetting, i reaaly enjoyed eddings’ writing i srtongly recomend it to evrybody

June 3, 2009 at 2:06 pm
(12) Mike Munier says:

I remember reading these books especially the later series and getting so excited and impatient for every new book to come out.

The world is a little colder today because of his passing, but his books will always brighten my days.

June 3, 2009 at 4:08 pm
(13) Mikki says:

I feel as if Belgarath himself has passed away. A great storyteller who brought his family to life and made all of them and their friends part of my family…. David and Leigh, you are together again but we will miss you dearly…. The world weeps in sorrow for the passing of a truly gifted man who I fear never really got over losing the love of his life… be at peace

June 3, 2009 at 5:27 pm
(14) Mayeye says:

I’m incredibly sad about this. Just finished reeading the Sparhawk trilogies for the umpteenth time last week. Eddings’ characters are wonderful and the man himself will be sorely missed.

June 3, 2009 at 5:33 pm
(15) Danny H. says:

And the Monarchs of the West bowed their heads:

This is indeed a sad day. I won’t tell you how many times both my wife and I have read his books (double digits). We can never seem to keep copies in the house because we are always sharing them with friends and never get them back.

He has inspired me as writer since college when I lay on the couch of my apartment and giggled all weekend- much to the annoyance of my first wife.

Goode-bye Mr. Eddings. May you rest with Aphrael.

June 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm
(16) ev mitchell says:

I am so sad to here this bad news, I grew up loving David’s books. The characterisation and pace of each story was always brilliant. RIP David

June 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm
(17) Diane says:

I have been reading books of his and other famous artists since I was in second grade. It is always very sad to see a legend go. But think of all the stories and future books that he alone has inspired and will continue to do so long after today and each and every time someone picks up his book.

June 3, 2009 at 7:35 pm
(18) Richard says:

Damn. I started reading him when I was twelve. When I was thirteen I made sure I had my copy of the Demon Lord of Karanda, which had just come out to accompany me on my first airplane flight, which was from new york to japan. I don’t know how many times I’ve re-read his books and he inspired me to start writing at a young age. He will be missed. My condolences to Leigh

June 3, 2009 at 7:37 pm
(19) Richard says:

I’m sorry, I didn’t realize Leigh had already passed.

June 3, 2009 at 11:42 pm
(20) James Kite says:

Salute to the passing of a creator.

You will be missed David.

June 4, 2009 at 2:13 am
(21) Jane Martin says:

Breaks my heart, hearing that.
On the one hand, the world has lost a truly gifted individual, and now seems a bit less bright. On a more positive outlook, he’s reunited with his wife Leigh.
Both are sorely missed.

June 4, 2009 at 2:38 am
(22) T Nilsson says:

If not for David Eddings, I never would have met my husband. The world is truly a lesser place without this man. Rest in peace, Mr. Eddings.

June 4, 2009 at 4:33 am
(23) pippa says:

I’m so depressed! I just love all the Eddings fantasy novels, and i re-read the Belgarion or Sparhawk series at least once a year. I picked up one of his books totally at random when i was 14 and 12 years later i am still as enamoured of them as when i was a teenager! What a sad day for this genre.

June 4, 2009 at 4:48 am
(24) Diego Herrero says:

Rest in Peace Mr. Eddings, the best fantasy-novel writter i’ve ever read.

June 4, 2009 at 10:30 am
(25) RJ says:

What can you say about such a great and humble talent? How little it seems to proclaim that Mr and Mrs Eddings are among the greats of Fantasy when in reality the days spent wandering through the pages of an Eddings book was like walking through paradise. Thank you.

June 4, 2009 at 12:15 pm
(26) J. Jordaan says:

Heard the news only today and can honestly say I am genuinely upset and was in tears. Got a fair share of his books in my modest little library. I know for a fact if were to go to my room and start thumbing through the pages of any of them I will choke up. Good memories of reading him and his wife’s work. Characters whose name still stays with me many years hence. He did good…

The book is now closed. Thankyou.

June 4, 2009 at 2:16 pm
(27) Howard says:

Farewell Mr. Eddings. I have loved reading your books (especially “The Belgariad” and “The Malloreon”) over and over, for as long as I can remember.

I guess I’ll break them out one more time…

June 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm
(28) Trish says:

Mr. Eddings, you may be gone from this world, but you will not be forgotten. All of us who have read (over and over again) and loved the worlds which you created will remember you always. Thank you for sharing your writing with us. Be at peace.

June 4, 2009 at 3:14 pm
(29) Douglas Nicol says:

This is indeed a sad loss. I’ve read all his works bar the Elder Gods, though I have the first two of them in a stack of books still to be read. I’ve recently reread the Belgariad/Mallorean and Sparhawk series right the way through again and still enjoyed them immensely. David wrote such strong and likeable characters, and very few were two dimensional you could even feel respect for a character like Martel or Cyrgon such was his skill.

June 4, 2009 at 4:21 pm
(30) Paul says:

May the Blessing of Ul guide you to back to the loving arms of your wife. David, your books are beloved of so many. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

June 4, 2009 at 6:58 pm
(31) Prosper says:

David Eddings was one of the original writers who turned me onto Fantasy when i was 12, and like it say’s I am thankful I am one of the fans he turned into a book lover. RIP David.

June 4, 2009 at 9:11 pm
(32) Eddie Eddings says:

My real name is Norman David Eddings. I use the pen name “Eddie”. David was my cousin whom I had never met. I discovered one of his books many years ago and wrote him. He wrote me back a handwritten, six page letter front and back on the history of the Eddings family. I will treasure his letter forever. He was a brilliant man and will be missed by many.

June 5, 2009 at 3:29 am
(33) Eric Hughes says:

“The first thing the boy Garion could remember was the kitchen at Faldor’s farm.”

June 5, 2009 at 4:38 am
(34) Uroki says:

David Eddings taught me so much. From him I learned about love, courage, honor, and faith. He influenced my writing greatly. In an introduction in The Book of Alorn, he stated ‘The trick to good writing is to be absolutely cruel to your characters’. I dubbed this Eddings Law, and keep it to heart. Thank you David. Thank you Leigh. May you take your place among the greats of our world. Lewis, Tolkien, Eddings.

June 5, 2009 at 12:10 pm
(35) Steve says:

The Belgariad and Mallorean. What other series could enthrall you through 10 books! At the end you feel as if you knew all of the characters personally. You travelled with them for so long.

Sparhawk was one of my favorite fantasy heros. The humourous “Object Lessons” served made me chuckle my way though those books.

June 5, 2009 at 1:22 pm
(36) Justin Lewis says:

I will weep a silent tear when I get home this afternoon while I look over my collection of Eddings’ writing and realize slowly that there will never be another addition, nothing new. I will try to take solace in the fact that he gave me joy when nothing else in the world would or could, but I know it will feel like a loss that keeps smacking me upside the head. I’m truly sad to hear of his passing and wish beyond wish that it could be reversed. A poster commented earlier that it was like losing Belgarath himself and I could not convey my agreement properly in words. Everything about his books made me warm inside, from the front cover to the back I was ever happy. I thank the powers that be for David’s life and journey, and I ponder at their need to pull him back home. God speed to the Eddings, I will appreciate their contributions for the rest of my life.

June 5, 2009 at 1:45 pm
(37) Eli says:

O Muses, you have taken one of your finest back.

There are plenty of fine authors right now, but so few, ever really, can manage to transport a reader’s mind to the place of his choosing. That is a talent of the bards, and so few ever utilize it like David did.

His worlds were rich and vibrant, populated by characters you swear you might have actually met. How fine a wordsmith, that transported so many to the dun-walled fortress of Algaria, or gave us new friends with every conversation.

The heavens hold a high place for the dreamers, the poets, the talespinners, those that lift us out of our existance and let us taste the worlds even the gods couldn’t dream up. David, I’m sure you sit very high, and the world will be a lesser place for your loss. Thank you for the time you gave us though.

June 5, 2009 at 2:23 pm
(38) Tim Counihan says:

Like so many other of the comments here my feeling is one of immense sadness. The Belgariad is the only thing I’ve ever read that can be mentioned in the same breath as Lord of the Rings.

June 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm
(39) Pete says:

I’ve known people like the characters in the Belgariad. Hell, I’ve BEEN people like those characters. Yeah, this is sad news.

June 5, 2009 at 5:22 pm
(40) Alec says:

I am Swedish, it was really sad to see that he passed away, I just read about it on the tv-text here in Sweden, I let out a scream when I read the first line… So sad!

I think due to this I will get a full collection and get the books I miss, also I am going to reread all his books. David was the author that made me discover the magic of fantasy…

Also he seemed to be a great person!

June 5, 2009 at 8:28 pm
(41) Franck says:

Thank you Sir David Eddings

June 5, 2009 at 9:10 pm
(42) Jimmy Lim says:

The Belgariad was the first fantasy series i ever read … it got me into the fantasy genre … I have read many different works by many different authors but the belgariad still holds pride of place on my bookshelf … A sad time indeed … RIP and a tip of the hat to one of my favourite authors

June 6, 2009 at 1:51 am
(43) XGenD says:

This is very, very sad news. Eddings is my favorite author. He got me hooked to the genre and up until now, I never get tired of re-reading every single one of his creations. Farewell to the creator of Belgarion, Sparhawk and Althalus.

June 6, 2009 at 2:42 pm
(44) Ian says:

One of my favourites, he will be missed.

Blessed Be

June 6, 2009 at 9:14 pm
(45) Dennis Eddings says:

The remarks you all make are most kind and Dave would appreciate them. But please, do not be sad at his passing. He had a good life, a rich life, and a full life. And knowing how much his work is appreciated would make that even more wonderful. And really, while he is gone (and better for that reality), he can be with you in an instant–just open one of his books. I suggest starting with page 1.

dennis eddings

June 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm
(46) Kim says:

Unaware of his death, I was discussing his books with my partner only yesterday. I told him how tangible he made those characters, how they became like old friends, and that rereading his books could be irresistable when the notion took you.

He was my first introduction into adult fantasy novels, and I’ve never looked back.

Influencial indeed. He’ll be missed.

June 8, 2009 at 7:15 am
(47) Nak says:

Missed he will be.

Like many others The Belgariad is where it all started for me. The thought that the Eddings section will never grow in my collection fills me with sadness, but the 25+ titles will bring me joy for many years to come.

Thankyou for Balgarath and all the others.

June 8, 2009 at 2:47 pm
(48) Livi says:

Strangely, I started re-reading the Belgariad last week for the umpteenth time. Finished last night and thought I might go online to see if any of his books had been translated into Spanish–and saw that he had passed. Maybe his spirit pushed me to re-read. All I can say is that I read the entire Belgariad, Malloreon and Elenium out loud to my dad and brother on road trips and Sunday afternoons over a period of years before I left for boarding school at 16. His worlds gave us hours of time together filled with laughter. They got my brother interested in reading, and I later gave them to my French husband when he first moved to America to improve his English. I’m so grateful for his work and hope he is resting in peace with Leigh.

June 8, 2009 at 7:13 pm
(49) DGJ says:

As my sister Livi wrote…Eddings got me interested in reading; which has lead to a world of opportunity. He also helped me to escape from the reality that was high school, keeping my essence intact until I could stand up for it. The doors that opened after reading the Belgariad Series are so infinite I could not possibly track the depth of the influence. Thank you for posting Dennis. I’m very happy to hear that David’s life was as rich as the lives he has made rich with his writing.

June 8, 2009 at 8:13 pm
(50) JEJones, Jr. says:

My children have posted.We had a blast on our dream hunts, but the goings and comings were guaranteed pricelessly enriched by our readings of the Belgariad.Like Livi, strangely I recently began reading the Pawn of Prophecy again.My David can really read now, and it pleases me that he credits honestly D. Eddings.Livi and David have and are having children and I know that they can sustain the family custom through another generation.I see David Eddings traveling beyond time and space and our conventional dimensions with his bride Leigh watching with pleasure as we read on with the new ones.Thank you David for giving and giving. JEJonesJr

June 8, 2009 at 8:20 pm
(51) Jenn Oates says:

When you read a book–especially over and over as I have the Eddings fantasy books–it’s as if the author is truly immortal and the words are freshly written each time you read them. There is no better epitaph, and in this case, none so well deserved. Godspeed, David and Leigh Eddings, and peace to your family.

June 9, 2009 at 4:02 pm
(52) Kerim says:

I hope the Movie folks respect his wish that none of his books be turned into films. There are no actors or directors that could touch his written work.

June 10, 2009 at 7:47 am
(53) Lee Wykes says:

Very sad news. I first read the Belgariad in 1988 having purchased the whole set. I have since purchased and read all of Garion’s and Sparhawk’s stories.

RIP Mr Eddings a giant amongst authors.

June 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm
(54) Peter says:

I would not be the man I am today if were not for David Eddings and his work on the Belgariad. His work helped an insecure boy, failing english one year become a book lover the next. He not only entertained but laid the foundation for my academic success and later opporunity. RIP- you will be missed.

June 10, 2009 at 6:04 pm
(55) John S. says:

I so saddened by this news. I just can’t believe he is gone. What a great loss. I was always checking the Chapters’ web site to see if he had a new book coming out. The Belgariad was such a great set of books and his characters had so much to tell and teach us. I love his simple elegance and the humanity of his writings. I find consolation in all theses posted comments that reflect so much of how I feel about his writing. I am going to have to go re-read Belgariad now. Rest in peace and god bless you.

June 10, 2009 at 11:44 pm
(56) Eric says:

David Eddings will be missed. His books have brought me more hours of enjoyment over the years than I can count. The way I think of him is that he made fantasy “accessible”. It isn’t high fantasy like Tolkein; it’s down to earth. I really liked that about his books.

June 12, 2009 at 7:13 pm
(57) Simon says:

I have only justfound out about David Eddings passing away. Iam deeply saddened. He will leave a huge hole in the Sci-Fi world.
His Belgarad and His Elenium and Tamuli novels have kept me amused for hours and have inspired me to write sci-fi myself.

June 13, 2009 at 12:56 am
(58) Twirrim says:

Only just heard about this. Can’t believe I missed it :(

David and Leigh are amongst my most beloved authors. The Belgariad novels get read at least once a year, almost without fail, as well as Redemption of Althalus, as his comment says it’s the characters that do it. They managed to write some of the most human and fully fleshed characters of any book series I’ve read, ones you can’t help but care for.

Rest in peace, and my God bless your soul.

June 14, 2009 at 6:01 pm
(59) IAZ says:

I agree with the previous commenter who remarked on ranking the work of the Eddings duo with Tolkien. I came late to the Belgarion saga and its prequels in the form of a birthday present, in view of my fascination with the Tolkien saga. While Tolkien may have been a greater master of language and poetry, the Eddings pair were superior creators of multi-dimensional characters. Both were masters of the epic form and left similar inspirational messages, but David and Leigh Eddings also provided guidance on day-to-day living. They will be missed, but their life work will surely live on.

I believe that it is time that the Belgarion saga, at least, was made into a series of epic films. Properly done, they should be able to rank with the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the “Hobbit” prequels in critical acclaim, commercial success, and popularity. They should also provide a major way of attracting many newcomers to the Eddings’ books, just as the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy did for a Tolkien revival.

June 16, 2009 at 3:22 am
(60) mark nz says:

i first read demon lord of karanda and i was hooked, then i had to read the series, and i was hooked again. I will sincerly miss david and leigh eddings as they are by far my favourite authors. Rest In Peace.

June 18, 2009 at 4:07 am
(61) Wanderful says:

So sad.. i remember reading the Belgaraid when i was 12- unforunately it was at the start of my exams and was so totally absorbing i gave up studying. The Belgarion series evokes such memories of my youth.

June 18, 2009 at 8:29 am
(62) Robyn says:

I too have only just found out that David Eddings had passed away and was very sad. My daughter rang to tell me which led to us sharing memories of all of the books. As so many have said, his characters were alive and became almost like part of our own family. As someone introduced me to the Belgariad, so have I introduced my husband, children and many friends to these books. It is very sad to know that there will be no more. Rest in peace David & Leigh. You are very much loved for the joy you have given to so many.

June 18, 2009 at 9:42 am
(63) DJ says:

A sad day indeed, I had recently taken time out of my very hectic day to read again the first of the Tamuli “Domes of Fire” and was spellbound for hours. His works are immortal indeed and he is indeed now home with his wife Liegh. Godspeed David, you now are indeed among the immortals of the realm.

June 21, 2009 at 12:13 pm
(64) michael says:

my children just told me .wow a great man has passed away .i read the belgariad and was hooked on fantasy fiction.thank you david and leigh eddings..

June 21, 2009 at 5:42 pm
(65) Marcus Damasco says:

to the man who made reading fantasy more than a passion – VAya con Dios

i started reading David Eddings the very first week i entered University life. His books diverted me from Boredom and it inspired me to be eloquent and reading his books are a whole lot of fun than watching the college play-offs .

June 23, 2009 at 7:35 am
(66) BJW says:

What sad news. It is only this year I have discovered his books and I have devoured all I can get my hands on. He was a master of characterisation and storytelling. I hope his work inspires other talented writers to fill the vacuum

June 25, 2009 at 3:32 am
(67) Greg Toal says:

I am so sad this man has passed. I was 24 when I read my first book. I had no use for reading, it was a waste of time. Then I was handed the Belgariad, books 1-3 in one big hardcover. I laughed at my brother who suggested I try it. I read for 36 hours before I fell asleep with the book on my chest and Belgarath,Durnick and Barak in my head. I am forever sorry I never thanked the Eddings’directly. David changed my life, opening so many vistas for me and allowing me to pass the most important gift to my Daughter, the love of reading. I will miss him.

June 25, 2009 at 9:48 am
(68) Pawky says:

:’(

His stories have ment so much for a lot of us. He will be missed but his stories will live on.

July 3, 2009 at 10:05 pm
(69) jason says:

loved your books and will miss seeing the next

July 9, 2009 at 12:49 pm
(70) Geoffrey Hedges says:

You inspired me to read in my younger days.I didnt learn to read until i was 13. i had good fortune to meet you at a UK signing.
Your talents will be greatly missed. Now its time for you to lay down your pen. And where ever you are now. look down and know your work will gone on for ever. Sleep well my friend. I will never forget you, And as my son is 21 and also a keen reader of your books i can see your legacy touching many people for years to com. With my respect and a tear i bid you good day Sir.

Geoffrey Hedges

July 9, 2009 at 11:03 pm
(71) Jon Sandoval says:

I only learned of Eddings passing today as I passed a display in a borders bookstore that said “In memorium David Eddings”. I stared for several moments, not believing what I was reading. I was first introduced to Eddings in the mid 80′s by a friend. He told me of the Belgariad series and that I should read them. I was skeptical at first, but after reading “Pawn of Prophecy”, I was hooked! Eddings fantasy works rivaled even Tolkien. His rich stories and descriptions and characters were so riveting and spellbinding that they dragged you in and kept you there! I will forever miss him and his works (Which I now re-read on a yearly basis.) God Bless you David and Leigh.

July 11, 2009 at 6:25 am
(72) Samantha says:

I only very recently heard the news… A few months ago, I was writing a letter to David, and my pen wouldn’t work. So I started typing it, and I didn’t like how it turned out. About a month ago, I remembered the letter and thought that maybe I should wait a while to write it… Now I see why.
I learned to read at the age of 3. I was always advanced and could never find books challenging enough for me. Somewhere in my early teens, my mother gave me a double of The Sapphire Rose, as I’d stolen Althalus from her (We used to have debates on who’s turn it was to have ‘Althie’ for the night :P ), and very soon I devoured the whole collection and was borrowing the rest from the school library. Finally, something that never got old, that I could reread again… I am now 22 and have been reading the books over and over for about 10 years and they still haven’t gotten old. They inspired my writing style… my year 11 English teacher asked me to rewrite Ce’Nedra’s speech at Vo Mimbre in plain english, as high style made him want to go to sleep. (Got an A though!) Many of my high school writings that got me high marks were inspired by both the Eddings’… and I am working on my own writings now.

RIP David and Leigh, and condolences to your family and friends. You will be missed, but never, ever forgotten, by any of us, and shall live on in our hearts, and in our bookshelves.

July 13, 2009 at 9:12 pm
(73) Tracy McG says:

David Eddings and his Belgariad series are the reason I started to read fantasy 14 years ago and it is still my all time favorite even after reading all the series several times! I can still rememeber reading these books until 4:00am and laughing myself silly with the wit and sarcastic comments of his characters. It greatly saddens me that I won’t be able to read anything new by this wonderful author!

July 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm
(74) Stephen Dawes says:

Crikey I’ve only just found out one of my favourite authors has passed on. He (with Leigh), along with Raymond E Feist fostered my love of reading many summers ago (about 25 to be relatively precise. What a loss. Still, wherever they are now, I’m sure David & Leigh will have a story or two to tell.
Bless.

July 14, 2009 at 6:07 pm
(75) Lynn says:

Wow, i’m in shock i’m not a very good in writting, but reading is one of my favorite pastime, he was part of my favorite authors. The Elenium and Tamuli were my first series, then the Belgariad and Malloreon series and his latest serie Dreamers. I’ve also enjoyed The Redemption of Althalus. I guess i should try to get my hands on the few books i’m missing for the full collection!

May peace be with you David Eddings!

July 16, 2009 at 2:06 am
(76) clare says:

i was so shocked when i found out! david eddings series the Belgariad was some of the first books i read about 7 years ago (im 13)and now im a booklover! im reading the seiries again for the 3rd time at the moment and now ive found hes gone makes me so sad.
may his memory live on in his books

July 18, 2009 at 1:37 pm
(77) ginaswo says:

I just learned now! I am so sorry to hear this news. God bless David and Leigh who introduced me to the wonderful world of scifi and fantasy when I picked up Pawn of Prophecy in Caldors in Bridgehampton NY when I was like 12. The love affair with the series never ended, I still reread them today. In fact the love affair with reading never ended.

July 23, 2009 at 3:50 pm
(78) Mike Hatzenbuehler says:

Wow, I had heard rumors of this a little while back, but wasn’t willing to believe them. What a sad thing to find out, one of my favorite modern era authors is dead. I remember picking up my first Eddings masterpiece. I was 13 years old, reading “The Diamond Throne” and I was captivated by the vivid, flowing writing style that Mr. Eddings put into print. His characters were as realistic as any I had ever seen, and remain so to this day. Few authors possess the ability to turn words into images and quotation marks into real people as well as Mr. Eddings did. He also possessed a knack with “first person” writing style, allowing this to flow as a real story rather than reading like a journal or diary. Every year from the time that I was 13, I looked forward to a new tale of his to fall into my hands. And in the absence of new works, his older pieces would be read and reread until they were almost memorized word-for-word.

After all, how many of us fell in love with those opening words “The first thing the boy Garion remembered was the kitchen at Faldor’s Farm”? How many of us laughed at the absurd jokes told by Silk, or silently cheered at the destruction of Azash, or perhaps wished we knew Princess Ce’Nedra or Sir Bevier? How many of us became friends with Durnik or Sir Kalten? How many of us perhaps saw a little piece of ourselves in Garion’s innocence, or Hettar’s sense of vengeance, or even Asharak’s ambitions? Eddings’ characters possessed identifiable traits that were realistic, believable, and entirely human, though they possessed no human form. His was a literary gift almost without equal, a talent that will be sorely missed.

Thank you, Mr. Eddings, for endless hours of entertainment.

July 26, 2009 at 4:51 pm
(79) Rainne says:

D:

I had NO IDEA and I happened to go looking for some Belgariad-related information today and found this. I am SO SAD about this. Mr Eddings, you and your genius will be sorely missed.

July 27, 2009 at 12:44 am
(80) Laura Burton says:

I knew David personally…He was a smart interesing man who will be missed but not forgotten.

July 28, 2009 at 6:09 am
(81) Jean says:

When I was 15, I started reading “The Belgariad” series that I found in my aunts’ bookcase. Ever since then, I have read and re-read it over reviving the magic that never ends. I didn’t even know that David Eddings had passed away until today, when I googled his name.
I wish that I had a chance to thank you, sir for weaving such wonderful tales of Garion, Belgarath and especially Lady Polgara. You will be missed dearly by all.

July 29, 2009 at 1:50 am
(82) Mike K says:

David and Leigh are together again. The only consolation. I have been a fan since the 80s. My grandchildren now enjoy the same books I love.

July 29, 2009 at 4:50 pm
(83) Noctua says:

The sad news reached me today – I was searching the internet in the hope that he might be working on a new book, wanting to include it in my birthday wish list…loved The Belgariad, actually I’m currently reading it again.

Guess there’s not much left to say –
Fare thee well Mr. Eddings

August 6, 2009 at 12:28 am
(84) Scott Walker says:

Wow. I’m randomly searching for articles on David Eddings – who knows why? – and find out he’s no longer with us. I never met the man but feel I know him as a long-time friend. His books have been with me longer and been read more often than any other books I can think of. To say they were a massive influence on my life is an understatement. Rest in peace, my friend. As you can see from the postings here, a lot of people have a lot of love for you.

August 7, 2009 at 3:40 am
(85) Eric McCurry says:

He was one of the greatest authors I ever had the pleasure of reading, and one of those who turned me onto epic fantasy. I have read his books many times and its truly saddening to see another of the old guard has passed. As many have said here the world will be little less inspiring with him gone. May you rest in peace Tale-Spinner.

August 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm
(86) Susan says:

I can’t believe I just found out about this. I started reading his books in 2001 when my dad let me borrow his copy of Belgarath the Sorcerer that he bought for a business trip. He never got it back. I’m stuck in a loop of reading the Belgariad and the Malloreon. No other fantasy authors compare to David Eddings.

August 18, 2009 at 7:42 pm
(87) Phillip says:

I just found out about this today… What a shock it was for me. David Eddings has been such an influential fantasy writer for me, I remeber first reading the Belgariad when I was 12years old and I since then I have read both the Belgariad and the Mallorean in their intirety EVERY year. For a kid like me who was always full of more imagination then he could contain David Eddings and his many books have been an absolute treasure for me. May he and his dear wife rest in peace.

August 23, 2009 at 12:19 pm
(88) Sue says:

Wow David Eddings and his fantastic characters have been in my life since I was 14! I am so sad that he is gone but at least he is now with his wife. David I thank you for sharing these wonderful characters with the world. RIP

August 23, 2009 at 6:35 pm
(89) jonathon says:

He was one of my favorite authors. i wish that i could have told him that he was the one who inspired me to read more. I started reading the belgariad when i was 11 and by the time that i was 13 i read it 4 times. I cant beleive that he’s actually gone.

August 26, 2009 at 9:03 pm
(90) Sean Lovelady says:

David Eddings wrote what would be, in the “Belgariad,” my first true exposure to fantasy. I read that series early-on enough to have to wait for the final two, and then the Mallorean. I’ve always held a special place in my heart for Eddings for his wonderful, wonderful creations.

Sad day.

I will always remember.

August 29, 2009 at 2:18 pm
(91) Joy Guamos says:

I did not know that he was dead until now, I silently cried after I heard about it. He was the greatest I don’t think he can ever be replaced.
The ruby knight of the elenium is the first book I ever read I pick it up on a book sale and ever since I was hooked, I collected all his books in hard cover and read them over and over. David I will miss you so very much knowing that there will be no more books coming after the dreamer. May UL guide you and Leigh and that both of you may rest in peace. I will also miss Belgarath and Polgara.

August 29, 2009 at 4:34 pm
(92) Porter Smith says:

I only just found out that David’s dead, and I was both shocked and saddened to hear the news. He was a great author, and an inspiration to me. He will be greatly missed by myself and my friends that I’ve introduced to his great work. May the spirit of UL guide both you and Leigh, David. Your works have touched me since elementary school, and I have never tired of reading them.

August 30, 2009 at 10:41 pm
(93) sharee clear says:

what a sad day!!! i absolutely loved all of his books…I cant believe there wont be anymore…Devastated! I discovered the his series when i was in my 20′s and have read them over and over. its like talking to old friends again…

September 1, 2009 at 4:04 pm
(94) Daniel says:

Indeed a sad day in the fantsay world Davids books opened my world up to a world of adventure and magic he will be missed.

September 11, 2009 at 1:12 am
(95) Ann says:

So sad. He was the first fantasy author I ever read. I was hooked from Pawn of Prophecy and never left. He was such a gifted man, a creator of worlds we all wanted to be in.

Thank you for helping me escape the everyday.

September 16, 2009 at 10:40 pm
(96) John says:

I only find out so many months late. David Eddings is one of the main reasons I write and inspires me still with his words and creations.
A legend has passed. I feel like Samwise Gamgee trying to say a final word for Gandalf the Grey…that’s all then.

September 18, 2009 at 9:22 am
(97) ivan says:

i know this is late but ive only just found out, many years ago i was a devout Steven king reader and horrors were my game then one day i found the belgariad and woo did my life change. Eddings was the first fantasy writer i ever read, since then i read nothing but fantasy. David introduced me to a world where anything is possible and i will be eternally grateful, thanks David for opening my eyes and my mind.

September 18, 2009 at 11:32 am
(98) Sarah says:

im a bit late but i only just heard…
Very sad, but he lived a great life and
left behind many amazing stories.

R.I.P

October 6, 2009 at 3:14 am
(99) Alaros says:

I’ve only just heard and it’s quite a shock. LOTR was my first fantasy book. But it was The Belgariad that made me love the genre. It was The Malloreon that hooked me for good. I grew up reading those books. All the other books in my early life were measured against the Eddings sextet and very few passed muster. I read Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress when they came out and the Rivan Codex too. Then, when I felt that I’d finally exhausted the Eddings’ work I moved on to harder authors and topics. David and Leigh taught me how to sit still and read and for that I will always be grateful.

See you in The Vale, Old Wolf.

October 6, 2009 at 12:28 pm
(100) Eugene de Klerk says:

I just heard this. These books that he wrote made me pass matrick back in the days. Still so sad to hear. Hiss books and memories will live on in his fans.

October 8, 2009 at 7:00 am
(101) Ian S says:

“Be nice.”
Rest in peace, Neighbour.

October 10, 2009 at 10:00 am
(102) Murray Scott says:

I remember at high school picking up the first Belgariad book and read in one night and finish the series i one week. Its amazing that just finding out David is dead his spirit is still hear as I have been asking our library to get the books so I can read the series and. David, you made me laugh and cry, made me strong, i became a huge fantasy reader, but no author copme close to you. The images of your characters are is vivid in my mind even after 10 years of not reading your books. If I have a son one of the names I am considering is Garion. May you rest in rest and know that your books will insire and grow young and old people for generations

October 15, 2009 at 3:40 am
(103) Sandra Chung says:

Dennis, thank you for your words of support. I have read David’s books so many times, that I can ‘read’ them when I have trouble falling asleep because my mind is in a state of chaos. It helps to center me. I guess it’s selfishness my being saddened, because there will be no more from him.

I have been using Audible Audio books, and before he left, I had actually gotten all of the Belgariad series, and was working on the Mallorean when he passed. My Audible Wish List still has the Sparhawk series waiting to ‘come home.

October 18, 2009 at 7:54 am
(104) Cliff Hunter says:

David Eddings was one of the first authors I read.
I remember crying when Sephrenia “died”. I was a teenager and I had to put the book down and try and handle my emotions.
I seriously bonded with his characters which means something about his abilities to touch and affect people’s hearts.
I kept waiting for more about Aphrael and Sparkhawk to come out..it’s a bit sad to realize all that died with him.

October 18, 2009 at 7:59 am
(105) Jake says:

I have only just heard of Mr Eddings passing and I was devastated. Mr Eddings’ books helped bring me back from the brink of despair almost three years ago and they have taken me to places beyond my imagination. My life changed when I first picked up the Belgariad and for that I thank Mr Eddings. You will be forever with us through your books and through the writings of those you have inspired. RIP David and Leigh you are together again and I will forever hold your books in a special place of my heart and soul. Farewell.

October 25, 2009 at 1:37 pm
(106) kev says:

Many nights when i should have been sleeping was I trudging through boundless Mallorea, or riding with the Pandion and assorted knights searching for Bhelliom. I remember the look on my nephew’s face after his first reading of “Pawn”, a Christmas gift. Pay it forward, pass a book to a friend, and they will thank you. Do yourself a favor and get the books on tape. People at work must think I”m a bit off when they see me wearing my modified hearing protection, laughing because getting a bit inebriated “seemed like a good idea at the time” or sighing sadly as Polgara holds the lifeless form of Dunik in her arms.
If only Belgarion could push against the immense black wall and bring this one back as he had done twice before……
rest well, and thank you sir

November 6, 2009 at 6:15 pm
(107) Patti says:

I never read, nothing interested me enough to plough through all those pages of type. One day at the age of 30, while at a friend’s house, there were a handful of other friends all talking about ‘these books’ and asking each other who had book number … (which ever), I felt like I was missing out on something. When someone announced that they had just finished book one, (The Pawn of Prophesy) who wanted it next, I leapt at the chance. I became an instant book worm. I read everything that David Eddings had written before I moved onto other authors. My bookshelf is heaving with fantasy books and the piles of books stacked against the wall are numerous. I have never been able to let go of a single book.

David Eddings enriched my life immensely. Reading fantasy is an antidepressant. It picks you up, enabling you to forget all your stresses and gives to something to look forward to in life.

I am sitting here grieving as I have only just found out that my favourite author has passed away. He has given me one of the biggest gifts in my life, next to my children. Thank you both David and Leigh.

November 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm
(108) Michael Lowery says:

Poledra waits for the Old Wolf no more,they are together once again. What a wonderful time they must have had working on such great works together. Instead of being sad i will remember them with a smile,for they brought me countless ones,and maybe a tear or two.His books opened my eyes and mind to worlds that i can always return to when i need an escape from this one,and for that i am forever grateful.Thank You and may you and Leigh be at peace forever. God Bless

November 21, 2009 at 12:59 pm
(109) barry says:

I have just found out David is dead.Totally devistated i was always waiting on his next book.What a sad sad loss to the fantasy world.The best book was Belgarath The Sorcerery by a mile.His worlds just sucked you in and made you feel part of the story.Please please somebody make his books in to a movies would beat lord of the rings hands down.I hope Aldur and is looking after him well.

November 23, 2009 at 7:32 pm
(110) Elva Evangelista says:

I’m so sorry to hear that Mr. Eddings had pass on. I didn’t know untill my granddauther told me today. She was on the internet to see when the next book was coming out. He was a good writer and I love all his books. I couldn’t wait for the next one to come out, I’ll alway love his books and I’m 59 years old and just last year my granddauther got one and is now on the last set that he and his wife wrote. Thank you Mr. Eddings for having a grate imagination, because you made the books come to life for me and I could not wait for the next chapter. You well be surely missed. My prayers goes out to you Mrs. Eddings

November 23, 2009 at 7:49 pm
(111) Elva Evangelista says:

I had just wrote on this pages and didn’t know that Mrs. Edding had pass too. Now they are together and can write for ever well miss you both

November 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm
(112) Jarene says:

I can’t believe that he’s gone! I was just googling him for fun, then I realized that he had passed away!

I started reading his book when I was 14 years. After reading his books, I certainly do not enjoy other fantasy authors. It is just not as fun and the characters are not as interesting as his. In fact, just before my exams, I’ve to re-read all his books to get myself in the mood for studying!

10 years later, concerned over my younger sister’s lack of interest in books, I “conned” her into reading by reading to her one very hilarious part of his book. It is the third book of the Belgariad series: the bit about Garion sinking into the soil because he was trying to push the rock next to Belgarth’s tower. After that, I stopped reading and she kept asking me what happened. So, I closed the book and told her, that if she wants to know, she gotta read. After that, she got hooked on reading and does not stop reading after that.

Thanks David, for teaching me about life…

November 28, 2009 at 3:56 pm
(113) Ted says:

Really sad news and sorry I am just now finding out. I found out through Google as well!

David Eddings is still my favorite writer to this day. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I discovered his work, like many of you, in my formative years. The Belgariad was nothing if not a tale about a young boy finding his way into manhood, so it really resonated with me. Reading The Mallorean was also a joy just to see Belgarion getting more comfortable in his adulthood and the previously scared little boy brimming with confidence.

His way with words, the depth and detail of the world he created, and the complexity of his characters will all stay with me. The times I would be reading his books and laugh out loud (some of the things that came out of Beldin’s mouth had me rolling)! I lived in Africa and did not have TV/video games so books were all the entertainment I had access to. I’m thankful that I had Mr. Eddings’ works at my school library, and I basically kept them signed out in rotation.

Thank you for everything.

November 30, 2009 at 8:38 am
(114) Zedmark says:

David Eddings was my inspiration. When I was younger, I always wanted to be a writer, and I failed miserably. Then I opened the Elder Gods Book that my sisters gave me. I read it, each book only lasting a day. I’ve almost finished reading the end of the Mallorean and I will not stop collecting his books until I have the entire collection. David will be missed, it’s like leaving a hole in my heart to know that both David and Leigh are gone. I hope they will be guided by the angels unto heaven. My writings improved ten-fold after reading a couple of his books. He is at peace now, with his wife, and we hope someday someone can write like David. I will miss both David and Leigh and they’re writings will be kept close to my heart always.

December 9, 2009 at 1:54 pm
(115) Joe Doc says:

Eddings was an enjoyable read. I particularly liked his use of humor and the self-effacing characters. He will be missed.

December 22, 2009 at 12:10 am
(116) Albert Papica says:

Truly one of the greatest Master of Lit of our time. He took us to a world away from ours and made us part of it. Where magic and chivalry exists. Where ever you are, we will miss you. Thank you for giving us your world.

December 22, 2009 at 4:51 am
(117) Wookiee of WA says:

Shattered.
Was just looking to see if he had anything new on the go and found this article.
D & L started my love for the fantasy genre and i have destroyed 2 copies of the belgarion saga through re-reading.
Cant express my devastation.

December 23, 2009 at 7:00 pm
(118) barb says:

i also am saddened by Mr. Eddings passing.. i absolutely Loved belgariad malloeren and the ellenium series. I guess God needed his angel my late condolences to his family… B

December 27, 2009 at 2:45 pm
(119) Stephen Daugherty says:

I didn’t hear about this until the end of the year, but it’s a kick in the gut, nonetheless. His books were a gateway for me to fantasy, what got me to take fantasy seriously as a genre.

I’m a writer, though unpublished, but I would say here for the record, should I ever be published, that what he wrote has been a considerable influence on what I’ve written. I learned to enjoy Fantasy reading his adventurous epics, and part of the main reason I tried my hand at this, and aspire to a career in the fields I do, is on account of his work.

I’m sorry to see you go, Mr. Eddings. I’ll look forward to reading your new stuff when I move to your new address one day.

January 1, 2010 at 6:22 am
(120) Kal says:

i was on google searching for news on my favourites authors hoping to hear of an upcoming project when i noticed wikipedia referring to david in past tence. in shock i looked up to see his death had been noted.

for a long time i was silent, it felt as if i’d lost a grandparent. a family member who taught me so much through his stories. i kid you not, my partner and i have developed our own Drasnian language and endeavour to use it as much as we talk.

I will never forget David Eddings… and i thank you for all that you have done for me. God bless

January 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm
(121) Brian says:

So sorry to hear, the Belgariad is the only book series I’ve read over and over. Having never found its equal.

Thank you David and Leigh for everything. Fellow mourners are there other series out there I must read?

January 13, 2010 at 2:59 pm
(122) mike says:

brian, if you just finished the belgariad you need to immediatley start the mallorean series…the story is far from over

January 20, 2010 at 3:09 am
(123) Michael says:

To hear this news is an EXTREME……..Shock to my system. I first read (The Belgariad series) when i was 14. A new-comer in the world of fantasy, and i sit here today 24 years old and have read both series at least a dozen times or more. Every time i read these books the characters come seem to surprise me as i grow older and understand more about them. David will be missed, he’s opened my eyes to a world i could only dream existed. Thank you friend. Cheers!!

January 20, 2010 at 6:51 am
(124) Eva says:

In his memory I’ll continue to shunt his books to all …. I love them dearly……..

January 22, 2010 at 8:10 am
(125) Wil says:

i feel bad only just finding out… bit shocked.

i first started reading the Belgariad about roughly 16 years ago. He wrote great stories, which were alot of fun to read.

RIP David Eddings

January 25, 2010 at 5:20 pm
(126) Matthew Hill says:

R.I.P. David and Leigh…you may be gone but your wonderful works live on in all who have had the pleasure of reading the belgariad/mallorean…and the elenium/tamuli…and the redemption of althulus… and the elder gods series… R.I.P. mate, i hope you and your lovely wife, can, up there, realise just how much of an effect you have had on the ones lucky enough to have read your books…

January 30, 2010 at 11:19 am
(127) Sara says:

True sadness..i always wanted to meet him..he has been my favorite author for the past couple years..I first started reading his books when i was 13, and now im re-reading them, and thought he was pretty old, so i wanted to make sure he was still alive and writing..but he isnt.. :(

January 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm
(128) Belsambar says:

I feel ashamed. I only found out today one of my favourite, nay my favourite author passed away 6 months ago, without me even noticing.

What can be said that hasn’t been said already? May his entrance into the Houses of Death be a painless and glorious one.

RIP, mr. Eddings and thank you for the many wonderful and laugh-filled hours you’ve given us over the years.

February 4, 2010 at 8:35 am
(129) Petrus says:

David and Leigh – you have given me hundreds of hours of pleasure reading and re-reading your books.
Your books definitely made an positive impact on my life.
The Losers is one of my all time favorite novels.
Rest in Peace.

February 9, 2010 at 7:35 pm
(130) Martin says:

Started reading his books at the late age of 24.

What a good writer, such short and wonderfull
sotries he wrote. This is horrible news, I feel so
lonely now.

February 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm
(131) jay r says:

i’m so sorry to hear this.he was one of a kind author.its just the first time i’ve read about his death.i really admire him so much as a book writer.he’s story was so natural and unique that i’ve read each 5x and i never got bored.

February 10, 2010 at 9:39 am
(132) Corey says:

I just heard about this when I was recommending authors to a fantasy “newbie.” My wife introduced me to Eddings when we started dating seven years ago. A truly great writer.

February 11, 2010 at 4:00 am
(133) Annette Russell says:

Ive just got the net set up (i am so behind the times) and was looking up assorted authors, david being one of them, and learnt that he and his wife leigh have both passed away. it stunned me, he was an absolute legend, and will be sadly missed. R.I.P

February 16, 2010 at 3:08 pm
(134) Rhose Galia says:

It’s already 2010 but I am only finding about this today. I am deeply saddened. I consider his characters to be close friends and can always be counted on to cheer me up. Good night, sir, and may UL guide you.

February 18, 2010 at 9:36 am
(135) Andy says:

I was wondering why my new dose of David’s wonderful writing was taking awhile, Just found out why.
I will miss the stories and the great characters, and will treasure my collection of his books always.

March 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm
(136) Blank says:

this is very sad. he is my favorite author of all time

March 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm
(137) Greg says:

I too just found out that both David and Leigh were no longer with us. I had not held much hope of new works but was checking on the net tonight just in case. I had just opened Pawn of Prophecy which I bought in 1983 to read again for the umpteenth time when I thought to check. What a sad thing knowing there will be no sequels now and we will never know any more about the further adventures of our favorite characters.

May they both rest in peace.

March 22, 2010 at 8:35 am
(138) Sconnie says:

I have just finished reading the Ellenium and Tamuli for the third time and I find out this news and I am devastated. I started reading David’s books when I was in the British Armed Forces, they helped me forget the work I was doing and relieved the stress that constantly over hung my working day as I would lose myself in the world he had created and which I could picture vividly in my mind as I read.
I feel a deep emptiness at the loss of probably the best or one of the greatest fantasy writers of our time, he shall be sorely missed along with Sparhawk.
Rest in piece David.

April 16, 2010 at 6:54 am
(139) Karen says:

I am saddened greatly by this news. I had no idea David and his wife had passed, so long ago now. His books have enriched my life as well as many others as it is easy to see. Thank you David and Leigh, for your gifts I hope one day they are properly recognised as the greatest masterpieces in the literary world, far out shining all others.

April 21, 2010 at 3:54 pm
(140) Matthias says:

My dad gave the the Belgariad at 13 and said”here, it read this when i was your age. you can see how the writer of eragon stole from.” i read the 1st three he bought be from B&N, then begged for the next book.
I was always a reader. these book will last forever in my memory. i read them every summer.
THESE BOOKS WERE ARE A LEGEND

May 8, 2010 at 12:36 am
(141) Sparhawke says:

It was great loss, my name is derived from his books…

RIP

May 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm
(142) Matthias says:

And yes, I am fourteen now….and really suck a spelling.
Im still so shocked at his death.

Ill see you in the Vale, and your wife, whom i found also wrote the books.

May 13, 2010 at 12:49 pm
(143) Matthias says:

Brain… man, I gotta stop commenting on here.Well the Belgaraid were the only ones ive ever read to.
(and Belgarath the Sorcercer.)I think ive put off reading them for a different reason though…..I dont want Garion to grow up. I dont want Silk to get married.I tend to break of reading them when they are escaping the.. hmm.
cant spell his name…. at the end of the 3 book. Im not so
iggnorant to realize that its only a book but still. All i know now is that David Eddings and his wifes wonderfull books were the reason why i stoped reading the peice of crap teen books.

May 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm
(144) Sheila Garcia says:

I have read David and Leah Eddings’ books for over 20 years. I sit now, a woman in her 60′s who has just published her first book and the first book I thought of when writing was the works of these two storytellers. They gave me a glimpse into the creative passion that all authors who write for their readers possess. It isn’t money or fame that finds one pouring over the tpewriter until wee hours of the morning-it’s the desire to take the reader into your world because there is a different world in every mind!
Thank you to the Eddings for sharing their worlds…

May 19, 2010 at 10:56 am
(145) joni says:

Oh God!! i can’i believe it. I loved his books so much i’ve read them all twice. His passing will be a tremendous loss to all science fiction lovers. I”m a grandmother who has enjoyedd his books since the 80′s. You can feel his characters and get loss in the fantasy, what a nice escape at times. God bless him and his soul mate Leigh.

June 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm
(146) Saddened says:

If it wasnt for that man i would have never been able to escape all of the problems in my younger life, when i couldnt leave my room he came in and took me far away from the problems and issues i was dealing with. Thank you David and Leigh for these classic masterpiece, share them with everyone i know who loves to read.

July 5, 2010 at 2:23 am
(147) Belgarath says:

It was a sad day that i found out that one of the greatest writers was no more. David your work shall not be forgotten. May the blessings of Aulder go with you. Yad HO david eddings Yad Ho

July 16, 2010 at 1:08 am
(148) mermer says:

this is ironic because, just yesterday i had seen in the third book of the Tamuli that Leigh had died in 2007 and today i found this. My heart aches with sorrow yet somewhat of a happiness for David, for he has now joined his wife. i have just finished with the Belgariad, Mallorean, Elenium, Polgara, Belgarath, Dreamers, Althais, and the Tamuli. i saw that there is an addition to the belgariad series or something like the books about polgara and belgarath. I believe it’s called the Rivan Codex. i have not yet read the “Losers”,”High Hunt” and “the Rivan Codex”. Am i missing any?? i want to hunt these down before more people find out about his books and take them all! lol!

July 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm
(149) Daniel says:

I read the Belgariad after the rings trilogy but I enjoyed Eddings work so much more, as you felt part of the Event.
I always hoped he/they would have resurrected the original characters in an ongoing adventure, just so I could feel connected again.
Good bye old wolf.

August 3, 2010 at 4:22 am
(150) Albert says:

Picked up Pawn of Prophecy in 1985 when I was 13 thinking it was one of those ‘if you choose this, go to this page’ type of fantasy play book, but got hooked straight away. I could identify with the boy Garion (especially how he felt when dealing with the opposite sex) and got completely submerged into the Belgariad. Great characters and a wonderful escape. Re-read so many times the pages are frayed. Though its been over a year since David’s passing, its sort of unreal cause David & Leigh are still alive in their books and their characters. Thank you.

August 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm
(151) Robert C says:

I must of been in a bubble for a year!!! This is an incredible loss. The work of the Eddings will always inspire, not only myself but others. Rest in Peace and know that Rhodar has a place at his table for both of you, relax enjoy a tankard and dry your mis-matched boots by the fire.

August 24, 2010 at 4:23 am
(152) Grcae says:

I must’ve been floating in a bubble next to yours Robert C. It finally popped today. And to think that all I was doing was revisiting my favorite Eddings characters in FanFiction just to see what other fans would’ve wanted in the stories. Nice to know that there are so many people out there who have re-read his works countless times as well. We are not alone!!! To those who are spreading the magic that is Eddings to the next generations, I salute you and vow to do the same when I have kids of my own some day.

God Bless David and Leigh and may they enjoy the next chapter they have with Aphrael and the wonderful Gods from the Belgariad.

September 1, 2010 at 9:24 pm
(153) BOBBY G HUMPHREY says:

SIMPLY! THIS WORLD IS A LITTLE MORE WORSE OFF WITH OUT HIM AND HIS WIFE, BUT WE ARE BETTER OFF FOR KNOWING HIM AND HIS WORKS.

September 9, 2010 at 10:07 am
(154) mel says:

hmmm… where to begin? first off… you inspired my fiance to actually turn off the tv to read.

i’ve been in love since i was a little girl when i picked up my dads copy of diamond throne. from the first sentence i couldnt put it down. some years later, i picked up my own copy in a used book store. threw it at my fiance and said if you dont love this book after the first page, i’ll never bother you to read again! a few minutes later, i check on him, and he’s 3 chapters in!! we then spent our next anniversary running around to different book stores to piece together you and your wife’s amazing texts!!! to this day, i cant put the books down. i re-read them until the cows come home!! we will raise our children on the words of you and your wife and inspire them to be amazing people.

i was heart broken at the news of your death. though i’ve never met you, i feel like i’ve known you forever!

thank you for giving me something to look forward to after a bad day at work, for bringing me closer to my soon to be husband, and inspiring our future.

September 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm
(155) Mike M says:

I really miss his writings. He was a writer above all others who succeded to capture my attention. He should be rememberd for being in the same league of writers as Shakesphere

October 22, 2010 at 3:00 am
(156) Ryan Leaf says:

Dusting off the frayed memories of my youth, I can recollect a fellow 6th grader in Spokane, WA (Chrissy Maple or some such name like that…) telling me to read this book entitled “Pawn of Prophecy.” I had never really been into reading. She had said David worked at a grocery store and had turned her on to reading…from what I recollect (this had to have been circa 89-90).

Anyways, in seventh grade I cam home and my older brother was reading the Belgariad. I recalled (Chrissy’s??) comment and decided I’d check it out for myself…….. His writing’s expanded a young boy’s mindset, and lead me to many hours of reading (and ignited a love for books). Thank you for sharing your work with the rest of us, as for many, your artistic work has left an indelible imprint in my mind’s eye. Thank you for letting us glimpse a shadow of your world, and I hope happiness keeps an eternal embrace around you and your wife.

Sadly I just read this news via this website. Thank you for all of your writings David.

~Ryan Leaf (Not the shady quarterback)

October 25, 2010 at 8:41 pm
(157) Steve Raymond says:

My jaw dropped. I’ve been a lover of fantasy for more years than I care to recall. I have no idea how many times I have read, and re-read the stories so graphically written by David, and his wife. I have had so many hours of pleasure, buried deep in their stories, and even though I am now so familiar with their wonderful works that i know what’s going to happen, I still have difficulty laying the books to one side.
Thank you for brightening my life.

October 27, 2010 at 11:05 pm
(158) tuesday says:

i’ve only just read the news of the deaths of david and leigh eddings…i’m saddened tremendously. the world has lost two amazing talents and i personally have lost my favourite authors.

November 13, 2010 at 9:59 pm
(159) Tauhira Taylor says:

I’m shocked to my core, I was just looking for the last book of the Dreamers series, that I ended up on this page, really I cant believe it. I can still remember going to the library at the age of 13, and finding the book called The Sapphire Rose, that made me addicted to fantasy books until today. Mr Endings you will always be apart of my life. In my home language, Afrikaans. “Fluit Fluit die storie is uit.” In english it don’t sound so nice, “Whistle whistle the story is done”

November 27, 2010 at 8:12 am
(160) Chris R says:

11-27-10 I am saddened to just hear of Mr. Eddings passing. I have read and reread his novels for many years. I named my son, Garren, after Garion. In my mind, Mr. Eddings will live forever! Rest in peace.

November 30, 2010 at 1:30 am
(161) Tira says:

It’s because of the Pawn of Prophecy I started reading voraciously. A boy in my 12th grade English class 18 hrs ago was reading.I borrowed it from him and the rest was history! I went looking to see if he and his wife had any books coming out since it had been awhile and I read that they had both passed. Needless to say I was a little upset! My husband had also read the books in high school and we liked them so much we named our first son, Garion. He will be greatly missed….and it seems that it is time to get reacquainted with an old friend…Thanks to the Eddings for their gifts to the world!

December 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm
(162) Bryan says:

My most enjoyed author by far. I’m on my fifth or sixth time around of reading just about all his works. I’m actually reading The Hidden City now. I hope that David and Leigh knew how many people enjoyed reading their works. Sympathies and best regards to the Eddings family

December 15, 2010 at 2:22 pm
(163) gary the scot says:

thank you david for all the enjoyment of reading your wonderfull novels. i have reread them many times.
thank you and rest in peace.

December 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm
(164) Ken says:

Reading through old books and thought of eddings. By far one of the best authors I grew up reading. Thought I’d google him to see if there are any new works and came upon this. I feel like a part of my childhood is lost forever. A sad day for all.

December 20, 2010 at 3:47 am
(165) Amanda says:

His characters were my friends throughout high school. Love all of his works. I know I am a little late finding out, but I am sad to see him gone.

December 26, 2010 at 4:10 pm
(166) Martin says:

David Eddings was my hero. I’ve enjoyed his books more than any other. Death came to him all to soon. I do believe he is in a better place now though.

Rest in peace.

December 29, 2010 at 6:30 am
(167) Avish says:

David and Leigh Eddings have brought characters to life that are truly loved.

May you find the peace and rest due to you both.

Always inspiring!!!!

January 4, 2011 at 1:09 am
(168) Greg says:

Honestly, the things that now saddens me the most is that he’ll never get a chance to read all of these wonderful comments.

Who knows if he ever knew how great and positive an effect he had on all of our lives.

January 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm
(169) Grumminator says:

I have read Eddings’ books since the age of 10. A family friend leant me the Elenium series while I was in hospital. For the last 9 years, I have been enthralled by fantasy books and have found many novels by authors who are obviously Eddings fans as well. Paolini being one author who majorly reflects Eddings’ style and humour. He will be much missed…

January 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm
(170) BTF says:

I only just came upon this article, though I have known of David’s passing nearly since it happened, and have just one thing to point out here. Looking at these (lovely) comments, you don’t see one bad thing, just tons of people and fans who adored his work sharing why they adored what he did, and why they loved his writing. I’m sure he would be more than thankful for such kind comments, and he deserved all of them!

David was an amazing author, still one of my favorites, and hearing of his death brought tears to my eyes when I first heard of it. Thanks for all of your works in the fantasy genre, David and Leigh, you will be, and are, most solely missed!

January 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm
(171) AmyLou says:

I didnt know about this at all till a few days ago. Which in itself is very sad because I am a HUGE David Eddings fan. I named My son after Garion, The main character in the Belgariad. His books have been a light in my life, and have impacted me in many wonderful ways. I wish now I had sat down to write him a letter years ago.

Rest in Peace David. You will always be remembered by my family and I.

January 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm
(172) Jason says:

I have only just discovered that David Eddings has passed away. I feel like I have found out that an old school teacher has gone- I have always loved reading but David (and Leigh) Eddings could take you to places that their peers in fantasy could never reach. What made their work so special was the mixture of high fantasy, romance, allegory, humour and the most believable of characters. I think everyone knows a Garion, a Silk, a Belgarath. One of the best lines in any book I have read is when Silk (I think it was) was offered a drink of water and his response was “I’m thirsty, not dirty”. Utterly priceless. I have owned his books since I was 17 (I am now almost 39)- I have read his books to my wife throughout pregancy and even now I want to take up Pawn of Prophecy again. Thank you to you both for enriching the world with your beauty and prose.

January 31, 2011 at 11:55 am
(173) Magz says:

I knew about David’s passing since summer 2009 but I only found this page now and reading this comments made me smile because I thought that it’s so wonderful that so many people from different parts of the world have been ( and I bet more people will be) influenced by his art.

The books he wrote with his wife are the reason why I love reading so much and why I started to read books at all. I hold them dear to my heart because their characters have helped me to become the person that I am now, they help to bring out the best in me. When I first read the ” Pawn of Prophecy ” I was 7 and that was the day that changed my life because since then there haven’t been a day when I wouldn’t read something (quite funny considering that I didn’t like books before that – I know Shame on me ). I read Their books at least once a year. They are the light in hours of darkness.

Thank You for lessons about life, hours of laugh and the friends I can take with me everywhere.
You will live on in your books and hearts of your fans.

February 6, 2011 at 6:17 am
(174) Park82 says:

This is unbelievable, I had no idea until now…Usually once a year or so I would search Eddings in Amazon just hoping that maybe he released something new, this time I decided to google him and was met with this news…I feel so bad considering I considered myself a great fan yet I knew nothing about his death. The first time I picked up one of his books was a garage sell on my street. I was 12 and my dad gave me $5 to pick out some books I had never read any fantasy at this point, but I picked up the whole Belgariad series because they looked interesting. These books took me to a place far away and I met some of my most favorite childhood friends there. As I got older (and had my own money ;) ) I bought ever book he had written up to that point, and then every book afterwards. 23 years later I still have those same books that I have read many, many times. He was the greatest, and from a fan who held you in the highest regard I thank you for making my life that much fuller.

February 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm
(175) Rob says:

Whenever I read books, I use David Eddings as the standard. So far, none have surpassed or even equaled his stories. I am only a teenager, and I love his books, especially the Belgariad and Malloreon. I try to forget what happened in them so I can read them again, but it NEVER works!! I still read them and love every minute of it anyway. Eddings is the King of Fantasy, hands down. Rest in Peace.

February 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm
(176) Mike says:

I started reading his books when I was 15 and I have never regretted it. He is by far one of the best authors I have ever read and he will be sorely missed.
May you rest in peace.

February 20, 2011 at 12:25 am
(177) Julian says:

Woah, I had just recommended The Diamond Throne to my friend for his Kindle – he’s loving it and asked me for the name of the 2nd book – and thought I’d google the Eddings’ latest work. Saddened to find I can only now recommend a finite number of his books.

I too had no idea of David’s passing so belated respect and best wishes to his and Leigh’s family.

I first discovered Pawn of Prophecy in my local library in late 1983 at the age of16 and was amazed at the characters. They seemed full of life and depth, real flaws and personalties. Written with humour and genuine love for their characters, I eagerly pounced on each book as it came out.

At college I discussed the ending of The Enchanters End Game as it seemed to hint at a sequel. Thee Mallorean matched and then exceeded our expectations.

Then came the Elenium – firstly I was disappointed that it was an all-new setting and characters, that feeling went after the first couple of chapters and the discovery of a new hero.

I thank David & Leigh for giving me such reading pleasure over the years – their books have always been reread and enjoyed time& again. They have been a source of escape when needed, and joy at others. I now know what book to get my niece for her birthday.

Rest well in the Vale.

February 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm
(178) Lucy says:

Lord, I have read and reread his books 100 times. I had no idea he has passed away. I credit the Mallorean series with me failing my A levels….. as I spent too much time escaping to the world David Eddings created. Whenever i am low even now 15 years on I will reach for one of his books.

Thank you David RIP… I miss you already.

February 22, 2011 at 3:53 am
(179) Denise says:

I knew about David’s passing, but have only just found this page.

I grew up on his writings when my father gave me Pawn of Prophecy to read as a teen and have never looked back. I have lost count of the times I have read each of the series of books revelling in the characters, places and even knowing what comes next pales into signifigance as the story unfolds.

RIP David & Leigh, I am sure heaven is enjoying your storytelling.

February 28, 2011 at 2:58 am
(180) Gelin Looi says:

I bought The Belgariad and The Mallorean again this afternoon. My girlfriend and I are rereading the series until late into the night when she retired before me. I sat up, read a little more and flipped to the last page and saw a little synopsis on David Eddings. Curious, I glanced and saw a dreaded line “(1931-2009).” Surprised, prehaps shocked a little, I surfed the web until I found this webpage. Fro so many who has their life touched by David and Leigh, I will also like to leave a little comment by how they touched mine. I even entertained the idea that one day when I am in US, I might drop by their place.
I practically grew up with these books. To me, they became my second parents, guiding me through difficult years of youth by their gentle teachings hidden among the words. To love, to find courage and with down to earth Sendar’s practicality, to learn to laugh at oneself that cut across half-truths and lies about oneself that ensnared even the best of us.
I salute you, my favorite authors. You will be sore missed.

March 17, 2011 at 9:09 am
(181) RR Draude says:

I was sitting in the Henderson Public Library while my children picked out books for their schoo work when I spotted this hard back, Guardians of the West. I picked it up and began to read. I was hooked. I asked the librarian if there were more books to the series and she informed me there were five before Guardians and more after. The first five were on the shelf in paperback and I checked the Pawn and Queen then discovered there was awaiting list for the books folllowing Guardians. David solidified my love of Fantasy Fiction. He and Leigh made a great team and together created some of Fantasy fictions most memorable characters.

March 18, 2011 at 2:32 am
(182) l.Jones says:

I am only 13; an ignorant little boy compared to david.
But I loved him, I hve read all his books, and will read then 1million times more. Goodbye david, goodbye.

March 18, 2011 at 11:29 pm
(183) E.McMillan says:

I am 12 years old and 5 years ago I read the first book pawn of prophecy and was instantly hooked. I have read the belgariad and the Malloreon many times. I have recently done a project on David Eddings with the theme being who inspires you most. The thing about David Eddings that inspires me most is that he had a great imagination and was a wonderful writer – something I wolud love to be when Im older.

Goodbye David

April 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm
(184) Jenn says:

Wow! I just found out today(4/10/11) that Mr. Eddings and his wife, Leigh have passed. I cannot tell you how many times I have read thier books (the Belgariad/Mallorean series and Belgarath and Polgara). His world and characters have been with me on many hospital visits, and on my most ill of days and most horrid of days, during the darkest most sleepless of nights…Mr. Eddings provided me with much needed escape. Even the good days, this world made me feel glad and that there was such goodness in this world as well.

I have worn out one set of well loved tomes, and now on the second…and that is how I found out about their passing (I was wanting/praying for an e-book version as my hands have a hard time holding books due to AS arthritis). Like many others have stated, I am surprised to find that, even though I was such a huge fan, I did not hear of their passing…but I think Mr.& Mrs. Eddings has lived on, and achieved the best type of immortality in his books and writings…but you will still both be missed…….

April 25, 2011 at 10:26 am
(185) Daren says:

I’m shocked to find out David is dead. I looked up the W/P article to see how old he was and saw that he was listed as having died 2 years ago. His works introduced me to fantasy/fiction in the 1980s. RIP David

April 27, 2011 at 1:34 am
(186) Tim says:

i read all of his book because my x gf had it…and i want to read it again..but it’s hard to find here in Philippine.i wish some one will post it…or email me the story cold_water_pliz@yahoo.com

April 27, 2011 at 1:39 am
(187) Tim says:

Anyone help me…it’s hard to find that book here in Philippines…I read it before coz my x gf had it’ and i want to read it again so please help me…send me the story please here’s my e-add cold_water_pliz@yahoo.com…thanks please include belgarath the sorcerer…by the way i want to meet cenedra lol

April 27, 2011 at 2:08 am
(188) ron says:

I just found out they both passed on. I had the pleasure of reading everything from Highhunt and the Losers, Up to the Dreamers, they provided a fantastic escape during difficult times, and spurred me onto enjoying reading again..

You both will be missed

April 27, 2011 at 6:40 pm
(189) Brodin says:

I am only 14 I found his books when I was 13 in just a year I read all his books he is the reason I love to read fantasy. Thank you

May 5, 2011 at 4:42 pm
(190) Jen says:

I’m surprised to hear that he’s gone. My dad introduced me to his books when I was…Oh, thirteen, maybe fourteen. I devoured the Belgariad and the Mallorean- I was already a reader, and those two series just bolstered the hunger to read. He’s now my favorite author (I’m eighteen now), and it’s sad to hear that he’s passed away. I am glad that he’s finally back with Leigh, however.

Rest in peace, David! I hope UL and the others don’t drive you too crazy :)

May 13, 2011 at 5:37 am
(191) Divij says:

Ah… I was just searching online, hoping to find some info about david eddings on some site, when I found out he died 2 years ago… I love the Belgariad and Mallorean series, when I finally finished the last book a few years ago, I felt sad that I didn’t have anything more to read. Since then I’ve read both the series several times, and just finished reading the 3rd book of the Belgariad for the 3rd or 4th time. I realize now how old his books were, I’m only 16 and I love them. RIP David Eddings :(

May 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm
(192) Jan says:

Today I am 18 and I am glad that my dad made me reading his books 8 years ago. I read over 2 weeks at least till 2pm and i can remember that during my freetime i did no other things. These memories always will be the best of my youth! In my mind I can see garion and in the background faldors’ farm and durnik at his blacksmith. He created such incredible characters! I don’t know any other author which is compareable with him. I love his books, I love the characters, I love the storys, I love the worlds! I can’t imagine that a new author will reach his level of writing, some say J.R.R. Tolkin was the best, but I say David Eddings was the best author of all times.

Rest in peace we’ll never forget you.

June 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm
(193) Hussein Hassan says:

I am from Malaysia.

I first read The Belgariad series when I was in high school but over the years lost my copies to friends who wanted to borrow them. Despite the loss, I was glad that the books brought the same joy to others as they did for me.

Now approaching 40, I went to the bookstore recently and finally got myself a brand new replacement set, came back home and decided to look up David Eddings on the Net – only to discover he has passed on.

Eddings brought modern fantasy literature to greater heights, and his writing has touched fantasy readers worldwide, leaving cherished memories and wonderful characters that stay with us for a lifetime.

I read the Pawn of Prophecy again last night. I turned every page as eagerly as I did that one evening, over twenty years ago.

Thank you Mr Eddings, for making us into Garions and being shown the possibilities in Life – your books prove that magic does exist in the real world.

June 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm
(194) Ellen says:

I was only just introduced to David Eddings one month after he died by my dad and was hooked almost immediately. This is “most distressing news” (in the words of Mandorallen). I love the David Eddings legacy because you find yourself swept up into the emotions of the characters. These books are not like the throw-away books you can find in libraries and book stores these days. A lot of books on the shelves in the fiction sections are books that you pick up and just as easily set them back down on the shelf. The David Eddings series are my definition of a healthy addiction. I wish with all of my heart I could have met David Eddings, or at least have known about the man before he passed away.

July 19, 2011 at 9:57 am
(195) Teresa Demetriou says:

I am so sorry to hear David Eddings has passed on, I didnt realise he had gone, only found out as i googled him wanting to know if any more books being written, i cannot believe that such a brilliant Author went so quietly that i Did not know till today. At the darkest times in my life his books took me to a better place, I will miss his stories, his gift to take you away from the world we inhabit to a wonderland of fantasy, I needed to know so much more about Polgaras Twins, and Erionds adventures too, so sadly will he be missed my heart is sore and my world a little dimmer, May Ul guide your footsteps, and Aldur keep you company, MY prayers for both David and Leigh x

August 27, 2011 at 9:52 am
(196) Lisa Robart says:

I just finished reading “The Belgariad” for probably the 30+ time! I have read the series at least once a year since it was 1st published. David and Leigh Eddings created a world full of funny,intelligent,interesting and lovable characters! I have purchased thier books for every young man in my family, on or near their 12th birthday, about the age Garion is when we 1st meet him. I am amazed that I never get bored or find my self skimming over passages as I do with other books I read more than once. Everytime I read this series some new fact stands out. I thank God for blessing David and Leigh with the gift of true storytelling and I pray that I continue to love their books when I am in my 80′s+. The world has truly lost one of it’s best storytellers!

August 27, 2011 at 10:06 am
(197) Lisa Robart says:

Having shared the Belgariad sries with my sons and nephews I was saddened to hear of Mr. Eddings passing. I have read and reread the series at least 50 times and have enjoyed them more each time! As each child became emersed in Garion’s world my family has had many debates over whom we would most want to be. Personally I love Adara and Hettar and would love to smell “Adara’s Rose”!

September 4, 2011 at 5:18 am
(198) Des Hill says:

I didn’t know
Feeling really sorry for the world’s loss. He was the very best fantasy writer. His people were human and in this world we need more humanity. I had the pleasure of introducing my grandson to Belgarion, Belgareth and Polgara. The rest he met himself!
Thank you both for some of the best books I’ve ever read

September 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm
(199) johanne says:

I didn’t know that he had passed. I was searching for more books from him and saw that he passed in 2009. How could such a significant writer slip away so quietly. I happened upon the Pawn of Prophecy from my brother’s bookshelf and quickly consumed the whole series and every other book Mr. Eddings had written. I read the Diamond Throne so much the pages fell out. I have reread the Belgariad so many times I almost know if by heart. I love his writing style…so easy to get into and to read for hours on end. I never skim pages or wait for the book to get on with it. I will truly miss his books. Truly a master writer.
Thank you David and Leigh for your wonderful timeless storytelling. The world has lost two wonderful bards.

October 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm
(200) Amaya Miyagi says:

Oh god… I never knew he was dead. I thought that I would have heard about it… But then again, at age 13 you rarely hear such things… I am hoping to be a writer (see me at: http://www.wattpad.com/user/EEForever) But I know that I will never be as good as the best: David Eddings, Allison Croggon, JRR Tolkien, then J. K. Rowling in my opinion. Definitely check out The Pellinor Quartet by Alison Croggon, another undiscovered treasure to rival The Begariad. Firstly, I want to say thank you. Thank you for giving me a gift from one of the gods (I dunno, Aldur?), for gifting me with a second chance at life. Your ideas were fantastic, and I really want to learn a non-existent language: the secret Drasnian language. Your books are perfect, in every way. Your people were human, great in this world where we need more humanity. I read for hours on end, never skipping, never stopping, and I was always surprised at how much I had read. In 2 weeks, I read all the series’ that you have written. The world has lost a great gift, possibly the last of the Bards. Thank you both for some of the best books I’ve ever read. I will give these books to all people for birthdays, and recommend them to my friends. Your books took me to a better place, such a gift, a world of fantasy. These books are not like the newer ‘Aussie chomps’ or ‘Selby Says’ books you can find in libraries and book stores these days. I am not saying anything against the people who wrote these, I’m just saying there is a level between you. I wish I could have met you. Thank you Mr Eddings, for making us into Garions and showing us the possibilities in Life – your books prove that magic does exist in the real world. I loved you, I feel as if a family member, who taught me so much, has died. Now I have blabbed on too long, and am crying. I know it is not good, for tears and sadness are salt on a wound to the dead, but who can help it?

November 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm
(201) Marco Carnelli says:

I’ve been used reading The Belgariad almost once a year, my son too. In the 80s I read it in English, then in Italian.
We’re sorry for Mr. Eddings.
Some books are not just books. They’re maps for our mind, for our journeys. I always kept The Pawn and The Hobbit with me in my trips to Nepal, where I used to explore my valleys and people. The problem’s leaving Faldor’Farm, The Hill…and keeping going on. Sorry for my poor English language.
We’re with you ever.
Marco

November 3, 2011 at 4:08 am
(202) Joseph says:

I read the Belgariad, Mallorean, Belgareth the sorcerer and polgara the sorceress once a year. I was doing a search to see if he was planning on writing any more. I was sad to see that he died and I didnt even hear about it. RIP

November 23, 2011 at 3:35 am
(203) ustin says:

I am almost utterly destroyed by this news. I have not been able to keep information flowing and 2009 was a very bad year for me; however, I have read EVERY book this man has ever written. I am so saddened to learn of his departure. I was even unawares that his beloved wife had passed on. I first looked up David Eddings when i was in a detention facility in upper New York. at the age of fourteen i had read thousands of books by many different authors. Davis Eddings was the most profound author i have ever had the chance to read. I do not know how to express my condolences to the family or to the rest of the world. I know that his work is well known and he has inspired a many a great author to wrote in multitudes. I wish the family the best and i will continue to read these master peices.

November 24, 2011 at 8:56 am
(204) elmarie engelbrecht says:

For me David Eddings will live for ever. The best compliment I can offer is that you can not buy his books in a secondhand bookstore. Readers who have his books tend to keep them and read them often enough that they don’t even think to sell them. It is so sad that there won’t be any more.

November 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm
(205) ron says:

I was never one really in to reading until I was
given demon lord of karanda, I was hooked from
then on. Being over seas in the military I had my
mother send me one each year as the new
book came out, always the best mail days. Then
I would read it till I was finished, usually about
8 hours.

December 13, 2011 at 12:19 am
(206) Michael says:

when i heard of the passing of david eddings a great sadness washed over me, i can not wax eloquent like others before me ( i agree with every one of them) …
i can but simply say Thankyou.
Thankyou for keeping me sane and giving me such a wonderful place to escape to. Thankyou for the joy you brought into this world.
thankyou
thankyou
thankyou

RIP

December 13, 2011 at 7:54 am
(207) John Houser II says:

I am 25 and I was not fortunate enough to start with the Belgariad as my first David Eddings novels but I did however start with the Tamuli I am currently reading the malloreon I plan to buy all of his works I have never read anything better in a fantacy I just seen that David passed today I read all the comments frome other fans of his work and could not help but to cry

David may you rest in pease and know that your books will continue to inspire other generations from now until the end of days we will miss you now and forever more

December 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm
(208) Joanne says:

I just became aware of David Eddings death. Ever the humble man, he was an intellectual giant. I knew him as the Safeway dairy stocker at Safeway in Spokane, Washington. Long may his kingdoms reign!

December 30, 2011 at 10:08 pm
(209) Richard says:

I am in tears. It is 2011 and this is the first I’ve heard of the end of David Eddings. A Great man ,A great author. I learned to love reading from his works, and hope beyond hope that he is at peace today.

January 8, 2012 at 6:20 am
(210) Gayan says:

David Eddings’ books hold a special place in my childhood. I loved reading them over and over again. The characters he shared with us became role models in some ways for myself, and I appreciate his significant contribution to the person I’ve become. Thank you Mr Eddings.

January 10, 2012 at 11:43 pm
(211) Tom Carroll says:

I fell in love with the Eddings books in the late 1990′s. The life Garion led on the farm paralleled my own and I could relate with him very well. Later on, when he put on a suit of armor, I was again able to relate, as I have also worn armor and fought with sword and shield. My wife has acquired as many of their books as she could find and I really appreciate that. I was so shocked to read that both David and Leigh are dead. They will be missed very much and a literary light has gone out of the world, which is a much sadder place now. I know they will both be long remembered.

February 8, 2012 at 2:54 am
(212) Bruce Campbell says:

I was sad when I heard Eddings had past on to a better place.
I was reading his books as fast as he was putting them out.
I just could hardly wait for the next book to come out.
It will be a sad world not having him around any longer.
My deepest regards to any family he has left behind.
So long David Eddings a great writer.

February 10, 2012 at 11:57 pm
(213) chris says:

started reading at age 12 or so…helped me through a very rough childhood to say the least… may peace be with you my friend.

February 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm
(214) Lynda says:

I didn’t know.. just found out, very sad… you made a little girl dream. thanks David.

March 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm
(215) Josh Tatro says:

Wow ok where have I been the last few years? David and Leigh Eddings were two of my all time favorite authors. While unlike some I cannot say they were the first fantasy books I picked up they were one of the few I reread to this day. I first joined Garion at Faldor’s farm when I was about 18 and well I’ve followed that epic journey many times since. I’ve read all of his books many times and I honestly cannot ever see myself getting tired of them,

May Errand and his brothers watch over you.

March 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm
(216) Irene McCauley says:

It deeply saddens me to know that my letters will never reach the Eddings who have so profoundly influenced me. My father started reading the Belgariad to me when I was just seven and by the time we had made it through the Mallorean, I was so nourished and inspired by the rich tapestry of characters (and its ever-exciting plot) that I was able to endure the subsequent harshness of my own coming-of-age trial and the deaths of many of those around me. Whenever my life spins truly out of control I return to Garion and those nights under the yellowed lamp, the story remaining as a rare symbol of my childhood. It is with the greatest respect and affection that I regard their work and I am glad to honor it by many rereads in the days to come.

March 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm
(217) Mike Fortier says:

I never read books through school, I finally had a friend give me one of David Eddings Books so I could read on the bus on my way to work. I couldn’t put the book down, I raced through each book until I finally had to wait until the next came to the stores….

He got me reading, he was a big inspiration to me and an outstanding author.

You will be sadly missed.

April 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm
(218) Claude says:

Very sad to hear this. May they rest in peace. The Redemption of Althalus was the first book I read from Eddings and I loved it. I hit the library in search of other books by him/them. This began my love of reading fantasy books and later set me to explore other genres as well. I read the Belgariad and Mallorean series and want to continue with the rest of his work. Now that I kinda have a relative balance between work, family and 2 very active boys, I’m searching for his other books. This time instead of borrowing from the library, I will purchase them from bargain book locations so my boys can enjoy them also and I know they will. I have the Elenium and Tamuli series now and can’t wait to find the rest.
Thank you David and Leigh. Your works certainly will be enjoyed by me and my family.

May 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm
(219) Jude anderson says:

I adored your writings, rest in peace.

May 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm
(220) Richard Turnbull says:

Still remember the night my mum gave me pawn of prophecy in 1987. Read it straight through, loved it, carried on. It built a lifelong love of reading. I now have a 4 month old daughter, hope to introduce her to them one day. David and Leigh, you’re both missed.

May 17, 2012 at 11:31 am
(221) christopher snake says:

Ohhhh my gaaawd!!!!! :’( just found out now he had passed. Am in English was researching him for a project. So sad to hear. He was an awesome writer. Luved the belgariad and the mallorean sets. Plus the two companion novels belgarath and polgara…. Am heart broken. I’ve read these books so much have had to replace them twice. Prolly soon again Lol. So sad. At least he’s with leigh in heaven, retelling the story of a young boy on.a farm with a destiny and a funny old man who shook the world with his storys about gods … Sorcery… Kings … And a magical world to all the angels. At least he left us with his works. Will treasure them all the more now.

June 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm
(222) Raj says:

I was looking for books by David Eddings and have just learned of his passing, and Leigh’s passing as well. I remember when I was introduced to the original Belgarid series and spent the holidays reading the whole series. I was 15 or 16 at the time and loved reading every word. I even remember waiting for the final books of the Malorian to come out and visiting the book shop as at the time did not have funds to buy it so read most of it in the shop. Lol

You will be greatly missed and a deep loss to all.

Rest in peace

Raj

June 1, 2012 at 4:52 pm
(223) Martinodv says:

David & Leigh

May you be in a place where you pursue a noble quest all day, carouse in the evening and rest easy at night to arise afresh and invigorated with the dawn.

Your books sit in an honoured place on my shelves and will be read to my kid after which we’ll argue about who owns them.

JRR did us both a favour.

Martin

June 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm
(224) Malcolm Webb says:

I first read The Belgariad in 1990 and was hooked from the first page. You know from the first page if a book is great or not, and this was. I read the Belgariad and Mallorean whenever I’m unhappy or afraid. It’s like I have a door in the back of my head, and I walk through it. What I find on the other side is a place where all my friends are and a place I am happy in. The villages, towns, castles and woods. They are all familiar and when it’s time to come back to reality, I walk back through my door to the real world. Thank you David and Leigh for introducing me to your world. It has helped me through some difficult times. You will be sorely missed.

July 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm
(225) Nigel Young says:

I read the Malloreon series first when a friend lent me it 24 years ago, from that day on i was hooked, itching for the next installment, I am an avid reader of Fantasy Fiction but no one has come close to Eddings in drawing me into a book so deep, you feel the characters, you picture the characters. From Belgarion to Belgarath, Sparhawk to Sephrenia both David & Leigh have left a gap that i fear not even the fine works of Paolini can fill.

His books take pride of place on my bookcases, his paperbacks for reading, his Hardback First Editions, displayed & preserved for my children & theirs to enjoy when they are old enough to appreciate the work,

Such a loss & yes even 3 years on he is missed greatly, I always hoped there would be one more 5 booker for Belgarion & his family.

Rest in peace knowing you have brought such wonder and joy to so many people,

July 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm
(226) Teresa Thompson says:

There aren’t too many authors with the ability to create 3 dimensional characters on paper, and no one does it like The Eddings’. From Pawn of Prophecy to the Redemption of Althalus and beyond, me and most half of my children have read every book at least 3 or 4 times. No Authors will ever hold a place in my heart (besides the Bible) like David & Leigh Eddings.

July 18, 2012 at 6:45 pm
(227) ann costen says:

3 years gone, had NO idea! Totally gutted! like so many, wanted to see if there were to be any more stories fourthcoming. Cannot believe the answer is NO. Approaching 47yrs have been reading EDDINGS since early 80s ( in fact just put POLGARA THE SORCERESS down, after having selotaped it back together again). LOVED the caracters created by both leigh and david. When first read the books,i was young, hopefull, had romantic ideas about life, the universe and everthing. Not so much now, but over the years have retreated to the books were i found people who i cared about, knew would make me smile, laugh out loud (PUSH!), cry and inspire or encourage me to see the good in situations and understand people or at least to give them the benifit of the doubt. But whatever the reason, i would always feel good. I can’t write this for crying. Am so sorry, but have enough faith to belive that DAVID AND LEIGH EDDINGS are at peace. Such a loss!! God bless. X X X

July 22, 2012 at 11:01 pm
(228) Randimac24 says:

David Eddings was a brilliant writer who could fire the imagination with his words. I began reading The Belgariad while I was stationed overseas in the Army. I was able to get the first two books, and then spent the next 10 years eagerly awaiting the remaining 8 books in the Belgariad and The Mallorean, and then reading Belgarath and Polgara was the epitamy of the series. You have been gone 3 years David, but you will never be forgotten. God Bless you and Leigh both!

July 26, 2012 at 5:50 pm
(229) Crowsnest says:

The previous post should be deleted. It looks like google translate for a chinese dressmaker :p

August 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm
(230) cat says:

I said to a friend ”I have just read ‘Lord of the Rings.’ It’s sort of an escapeism world. I would love to read more of this sort of thing.”
He said ”Have you read anything by David Eddings?”
I WAS HOOKED — I read all he had written and went on to other authers.

Now my eyesight is failing I find great pleasure in listening to ‘Talking Books.’ or ‘Audio books.’

If anyone knows where I can purchase his books on cd I will be obliged.
catsmail@blueyonder.co.uk
I owe so much and so many years of pleasure to David Edding all I can say is ‘THANK YOU.’

November 10, 2012 at 8:23 am
(231) Atropthy123 says:

First read David and leigh’s work when the pawn of proficy in 1987 then had to wait 2years as the next 4 books to come out! Only to discover that a whole new series of 5books was about to come out:-) They were the first proper books i ever read straight through,i so sad to find this out and never knew leigh also was gone god bless them both.

November 17, 2012 at 6:20 pm
(232) Phil says:

I’m a dreamer, an optimist, a believer. Crafted by man I never met, by characters he drew with paper and pen, out of love and eternally kept on a bookshelf in my heart. Thank you David and Leigh for igniting a passion for fantasy. Nothing is built, constructed or invented unless dreamed of first. Heres to the builders of dreams who by being, increase our scope of possibility.

December 7, 2012 at 2:00 am
(233) David says:

My sixth grade science teacher started my love affair with reading when he introduced David Edding’s work to me. I have read many others since then but he is and will always be my favorite…

There are no words to express how greatful I am for having read his books. May God bless him and his family.

January 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm
(234) Jennifer says:

David Eddings’ death came as a complete shock. I was reading one of those “Top 10 books you wish were made into movies” lists and noticed that two of my favourite authors – Anne McCaffrey’s PERN books & David’s Eddings’ Belgariad series – were included. I was curious to find out how likely it was they would be made into films so I googled them. Anne McCaffrey has died as well. Its hard to put into words how I feel about this – we are never going to be able to read a new book or answer any of the questions left over from previous works. I have worn out multiple copies of his books over the years reading and re-reading. His characters feel like friends. As more and more fantasy novels have made the transition to the big screen I’ve enjoyed playing the ‘what if” game and “who would you cast as what character?” From what I’ve read David didn’t want his books made into movies — I don’t know if he ever would have changed his mind – so now I feel conflicted about wanting to see them made into films. As a fan, I want his work to reach a wider audience by using other forms of media, but as a person, I feel we need to honour his wishes.

He was a wonderful author and I feel the world has lost a great talent.

January 26, 2013 at 9:47 pm
(235) EAC says:

Wow, I decided to check to see if there were any new David & Leigh Eddings books only to find out that they are both dead.
They wrote anazing stories, I am re-reading the Dreamers right now and will miss them as much as my favourite author Anne McCathrey who also died too soon.

March 27, 2013 at 9:23 am
(236) HnD says:

i was a really thouhg child as i detested school so deeply that i rejected reading totally. It took my mother 3 years to teach me how to read but i decided to learn when other kids started to mock with me about my intelligence.
When i was around 8 years old, one day this heavy book fell out of shelves and bumped my head and gave me a shock and laughter for a while. It was Pawn of Prophecy. The cover got my attention first than i remember seeing other books of him. At the time i was so clueless that i didnt even understand that was a serial publication. Again by chance i chose Pawn of Prophecy and spent that whole night without sleeping. That was the first book i ve ever read and it hsa changed my life so deeply.
Now i m 25. I ve read all of Eddings books but Dreamers. I just cant read it! I bought them from Singapore and carried them all the way to Turkey and i just cant let them finish yet. Cant say goodbye to Eddings.
I still keep reading his books in every time i need to remember whom i was. Anyway it is just good to see that there are people like me out there who feels the same way.

R.I.P Old Wolfe

April 11, 2013 at 3:36 am
(237) Mark F says:

I just found out he died. I was looking to see if there was any new news or books coming out, when I found out he was dead. David, you brought a lot of happy times to people. you were one of the great authors of your time. I got every single one of your books and will continue to read them when I need a good story. Rest in peace David, you will be greatly missed.

May 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm
(238) Janet says:

i’ m half way through Enchanter’s End Game & i’m utterly enchanted & so delighted there are so many more books to spend my time walking & laughing in. what a beautiful imagination – happy onward journey old wolf…… you leave a lot of smiles in your tracks!

May 28, 2013 at 6:18 pm
(239) James Davis says:

I first read Pawn of Prophecy when I was in the 6th grade. The whole story coming from the Belgariad series has, along with my copy of Starship Troopers, been a constant companion to me in all my wanderings and travels. To find out that one of my heroes was dead felt like someone had punched me. The world is a richer place for having had him in it, and a poorer one with him gone.

June 16, 2013 at 2:10 am
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