In the fall of 1984, I went into the Baker Book Store in Grand Village Mall located in Grandville, Michigan, looking for something new to read. The blurb on the back began:
Long ago, so the Storyteller claimed, the evil God Torak sought dominion and drove men and Gods to war. But Belgarath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected men of the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe.
That is, of course, the blurb from the back of Pawn of Prophecy. It set me back $2.95 (most of two weeks' allowance for the 11-year-old I was at the time). I've still got it around somewhere; after 17 years, it's nearly ready to fall apart. All that's preventing that is the clear packing tape I've used on it in several places.
When the series got to Belgarath the Sorcerer, I realized that there were enough specific date references that it might just be possible to reverse-engineer the timeline that went into the books. I was also on the campus of Michigan State University to work on my M.S. degree, with nothing to do until classes actually started. This meant I had some time on my hands.
So, I started working on a personal webpage. And eventually, my mind came back to the timeline... and I decided, why not?
So here you are. The timeline was compiled starting in September 1995, and ending in November 2000. And frankly, with all that was going on in my life over that time period--I've since earned the aforementioned M.S. (in computer science), gotten a job, gotten married, and had a child--I'm amazed I'm done.
You've probably noticed that the way the timeline looks has changed. There's a simple reason for that: I've decided to play around with Cascading Style Sheets, and the timeline pages are my first victims. :)
I'm also playing around with handling how citations are done, and with how the timeline looks. The huge tables that now comprise the timeline pages may be gone soon--it all depends on what I decide to do with them.
Abbreviations and Editions
I've divided this timeline in two separate ways: years and ages. The years are all by the Alorn calendar; the ages are the ages of Dalish prophecy.
Now These are the Ages of Man...
--The Book of Ages, Book One of The Mallorean Gospels
The First Age
The Second Age
The Sixth Age
Timeline compilation is © Matt Korth, 1995-2001
Timeline is drawn from material that is © David and Leigh Eddings, 1982-1998; my copyright on the timeline compilation should not be construed as a challenge to the Eddings' ownership of the original source material.
Character lists are © Amy Sheldon, 1996.