Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Z is for Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander

I Love Sci-Fi/Fantasy Because...

...of Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander.

Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series is one of my all-time favorite epic fantasy tales. It tells of the Seeker of Truth, the Confessor who loves him and the wizard who protects him.

Each of these characters is rich with backstory and uniqueness. Each has his own strengths, weaknesses and character arcs. Even the secondary characters are fascinating, Shota, the Mord-Sith and Darken Rahl.

But Zed is perhaps the most eccentric wizard there is. Wizard's First Rule? Take your pick. Zed quoted many rules, and not always in the same order. And Bruce Spence portrayed this aspect of Zed's character wonderfully in the two seasons of Legend of the Seeker.

In almost every tale of fantasy that has a wizard, there is a preeminent purpose for his existence. Dumbledore's was to ensure Voldermort's demise. Gandalf's was to see the One Ring and Sauron destroyed. Even the Wizard of Oz attempted to take Dorothy home.

Zed was no different. His purpose was to name the Seeker and make sure he fulfilled the prophecy.

Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander is one reason why I love science fiction and fantasy.

28 comments:

  1. Aw Zed, I loved this character and hated that the show only had two seasons. I never understood why the then WB (CW) didn't just keep it around another season after SYFY didn't pick it up. Great show, always planned to read the books one day.

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    1. All the good shows seem to get cancelled too soon.

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  2. I'm not familiar with this character but congrats on a great month!

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    1. Thanks, Sara. And likewise on the congrats.

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    1. They really are great books. Each one is encapsulated, unlike Wheel of Time.

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  4. I admit, I've never read the books either.
    Congratulations on finishing the Challenge!

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  5. Another new one. Your reasons to love fantasy have been really enlightening. Got me a long To Read or Watch list. And you made it to the end! *dragon hugs* Congratulations!

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    1. I'm glad my TBR pile is (mostly) electronic now. I'd never be able to store them all otherwise.

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  6. I loved that show! So disappointed that it wasn't carried on. :(

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    1. Hmmm...I realize I have spent my whole morning commenting under my son's ID. Guess i better go sign myself in!

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    2. You are too funny! I have seen "mr seckman" around a bit today. :)

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  7. This was one of my favorite fantasy series too. I love Goodkind.

    Your blog has been one of my favorite finds this challenge. I can't wait to see what you've got coming up post-AtoZ.

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    1. I thank you. Always great to hear compliments. Tomorrow's post is (hopefully) on the inspirational side.

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  8. I watched The Legend of the Seeker a few times (my wife loved it and watched the entire run) and I thought it was great that they 'crazy guy' from the Mad Max movie played Zed.

    I still need to read those books, as well....

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    1. Yes, read the books. The show was good, but the books are better.

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  9. Zed!!! Oh i love him. I loved Legend of the Seeker and was so bummed when they pulled the show. Grr. I did enjoy reading the books,too.
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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    1. The books were almost on par with Wheel of Time in terms of my enjoyment of them.

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  10. Don't know the book character (yet), but I love Zed from the TV show. Definitely eccentric!

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    1. Zed is eccentric whether in print or on screen. :)

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  11. Hey Jeff,

    Ah, yes Zed and that wizard worked out well as you have now reached a Zed end :)

    Congrats on completing the gosh darn fun challenge that brings further awareness of the alphabet with 26 letters! :)

    See you in May, my friend. And I mean the month of May!

    Gary :)

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    1. Ditto, my friend. This is only the second time I've posted every day of the month, and the only one when all the posts were actually mine. My "August is Awesome" series last year hosting all those wonderful guests was the first. (Still deciding if I want to try for another "August is Awesome" this year.)

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  12. What a zantastic Z name! Congrats on completing the challenge! It's been fun getting to know you better!

    Julie

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    1. Likewise, Julie. Yeah, Terry Goodkind outdid himself conjuring that name.

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  13. I don't know this character- but he sounds interesting. I loved your theme this past month and have really enjoyed reading all your posts. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. So great to meet you this month. Will 'chat' at you soon- have a great night :)

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca. It was great meeting you as well. Looking forward to more 'chats'.

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  14. Does anyone know where I could find the materials to make my own Zeddicus costume. More specifically the pattern for the cuffs and down the centre of his chest.

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