Monday, April 8, 2013

G is for Goodkind and Gandalf

I Love Sci-Fi/Fantasy Because...

...of Gandalf. No wait, it's for Terry Goodkind.  But I love Gandalf!  But Goodkind is so awesomely great! arg!

Terry Goodkind
G would have been so much easier if Goodkind had created Gandalf, but alas, I must save Gandalf's creator for later in the series.  I suppose Gandalf and Goodkind will have to share my G post today.

I'll start with author Terry Goodkind because, well, he's real. And he gave us the Sword of Truth series, from which two seasons of Legend of the Seeker came.  Richard (Cypher) Rahl, Kahlan Amnell and Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander all came from his imagination.  And for that, I thank him.

For the other G... Well, Gandalf is the very definition of wizard.  He's mysterious, powerful, seemingly ageless, wise and handy to have around when you need to cross a bridge.  He's known by many names, but I call him Balrog Slayer.

Wizard's First Rule? If you're gonna dance with a balrog, make it a dance to remember.  


Goodkind and Gandalf, both wizards in their own right, are two reasons why I love science fiction and fantasy.

24 comments:

  1. I have Wizards First Rule in my pile of books to read! (Yes, the TV show is why I felt compelled to pick it up!) Can't wait to see for myself sometime why you love Terry Goodkind so much. :)

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    1. Excellent book. Excellent series. Excellent writer.

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  2. I'm a fan of Gandalf as well. And I certainly enjoyed Legend of the Seeker.

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    1. There was a large campaign to bring the show back. Sadly, it was unsuccessful.

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  3. I watched the Legend of The Seeker series. I was so disappointed that it got cancelled because SYFY wouldn't pick it up. Got to love Gandalf. Awesome wizard.

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    1. It would have been grand had the petition to resurrect the show succeeded.

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  4. Balrog Slayer, that's a great nickname!

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    1. It does sound rather prestigious, eh? ;-)

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  5. Yeah man. Gandalf. Such a great character to me when I was a kid, and still.

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    1. That battle in the book filled my imagination with wonderful scenery. Jackson did well capturing it.

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  6. I have yet to meet Goodkind but sure I know Gandalf and he rocks! Wise, kind and fun. What else can you ask of an Astari?

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    1. You're in for a good read if you meet him. Wizard's first rule? Read them all!

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  7. Both awesome guys for G. Gandalf didn't get much mainstream love until the films came out, though most people know him now. I STILL don't think Goodkind gets enough credit for his writing. Sword of Truth is fantastic! :D

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    1. Unfortunately so, but those who knew him, loved him.

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  8. My G was about an author that inspired me too. It's nice to have those role models in our lives.

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    1. Authors have a tremendous ability to inspire.

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  9. That's right - go out in a blaze of glory!

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    1. Yep ... and come back bigger and better in Book 2!

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    2. Most definitely. And I liked how Saruman became "of many colors".

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  10. Hey Jeff,

    Yay, I've arrived, I state ever so humbly. I'm just in a state of shock finding out Gandalf wasn't real. Now you're Tolkien, sorry, now your talking! :)

    Happy alphabeting, Jeff.

    Gary

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    1. He was real to those who loved him though. As were Richard and Kahlan and Zed. And we have so many letters yet to go!

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  11. You selected two great "G" men! A glorious combo.

    Julie

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    1. Both definitely worth of being "G" picks.

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  12. Gandalf! Love his endless deep wells of joy and mirth, too.

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