The Belgariad is a series of five books written by David Eddings. It is regarded as one of the classics of fantasy. In these books, Eddings successfully approached fantasy as a form of Medieval Romance, an approach he reiterated in later books in this same world as well as his other works.
The Malloreon is a second five-book series set in the same world as the Belgariad, though exploring many different geographical regions than those seen in the first five books.
UL is the overgod of the gods in the universe of the Belgariad and the Malloreon. While the other gods in this universe, such as Aldur, Belar, and Torak seem to bear some resemblance to the gods of Greek and Norse mythology in terms of aspects, character, and power, UL is clearly distinct from them all. Some ambiguity is evident with regards to the role of the ‘Universe’ as the Mother of all, and what this means regarding the primacy of UL.
Torak is the god of the Angaraks in the universe of the Belgariad. He is the prime antagonist of the Belgariad, and one of the central embodiments of evil throughout the books of the Belgariad, Belgarath the Sorcerer, and Polgara the Sorceress.
Belgarion, or Garion, is the principle protagonist of the Belgariad and Malloreon. While initially slow to learn his powers of sorcery, and never attaining a level of mastery anywhere near the ancients like Belgarath, Polgara, Ctuchik, and Zedar, he shows enough aptitude late in the story that – when holding the sword of the Rivan King – he is almost certainly the most dangerous mortal on the planet. Note that his power level here reflects the fact that he regularly wields and is fully capable of commanding, the Orb of Aldur. Without it, he would certainly be far weaker than Belgarath or Polgara. He is also decent swordsman, and eventually also learns to joust.
Belgarath is a seven-thousand year old sorcerer in the universe of the Belgariad. No known mortal, unaided, has been shown to be a match for him in that world. Some of his more impressive martial accomplishments include:
- Defeating, at different times, other sorcerers (such as Ctuchik and Zedar) who were of similar age and who had received similar favour from a god.
- Summoning, and holding to his will, a demon lord.
Polgara is a sorceress in the world of the Belgariad. At roughly three thousand years of age, she is one of the youngest of the ‘old guard’ of disciples and ancient characters who interact throughout the books. Shown on a few occasions to be somewhat weaker than her father, Belgarath, she is still nonetheless a formidable foe. In addition, she has abilities in subtle mind control and healing beyond those demonstrated by any human character in the Belgariad and Malloreon.