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A Wizard of Earthsea

Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Author Ursula K. Le Guin
Illustrator Ruth Robbins
Country United States
Language English
Series The Earthsea Cycle
Genre(s) Fantasy novel
Publisher Parnassus Press
Publication date 1968
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
ISBN NA
Preceded by The Rule of Names
Followed by The Tombs of Atuan

A Wizard of Earthsea, first published in 1968, is the first of a series of books written by Ursula K. Le Guin and set in her fantasy archipelago of Earthsea. The tale of the eponymous wizard continues in The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore, Tehanu and The Other Wind. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 250 × 347 pixelsFull resolution (250 × 347 pixel, file size: 59 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Low res scan of book cover (A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin, 1968 Parnassus Press first edition hardcover) for use in illustrating article... Ursula Kroeber Le Guin [ˌɜɹsələ ˌkɹobɜɹ ləˈgWɪn] (born October 21, 1929) is an American author. ... In political geography and international politics, a country is a political division of a geographical entity, a sovereign territory, most commonly associated with the notions of state or nation and government. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Cover to 1991 Bantam Books paperback edition of A Wizard of Earthsea, illustrated by John Jude Palencar Earthsea is a fictional realm created by Ursula K. Le Guin for her short story The Word of Unbinding, published in 1964, but that became more famous in her novel A Wizard of... Look up Fantasy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary For other definitions of fantasy, see fantasy (psychology). ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... ISBN-13 represented as EAN-13 bar code (in this case ISBN 978-3-16-148410-0) The International Standard Book Number, ISBN, is a unique[1] commercial book identifier barcode. ... The Rule of Names (1964) is a short story by Ursula K. LeGuin, set in the world of Earthsea. ... The Tombs of Atuan is the second of a series of books written by Ursula K. Le Guin and set in her fantasy archipelago of Earthsea. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ursula Kroeber Le Guin [ˌɜɹsələ ˌkɹobɜɹ ləˈgWɪn] (born October 21, 1929) is an American author. ... Smaug in his lair: an illustration for the fantasy The Hobbit Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... The Mergui Archipelago An archipelago is a landform which consists of a chain or cluster of islands. ... Cover to 1991 Bantam Books paperback edition of A Wizard of Earthsea, illustrated by John Jude Palencar Earthsea is a fictional realm created by Ursula K. Le Guin for her short story The Word of Unbinding, published in 1964, but that became more famous in her novel A Wizard of... The Tombs of Atuan is the second of a series of books written by Ursula K. Le Guin and set in her fantasy archipelago of Earthsea. ... The Farthest Shore is the third of a series of books written by Ursula K. Le Guin and set in her fantasy archipelago of Earthsea. ... Tehanu was the fourth of Ursula Le Guins Earthsea books. ... The Other Wind is the Sixth and (so far) last of a series of books written by Ursula K. Le Guin and set in her fantasy archipelago of Earthsea. ...


An original mini-series based on A Wizard of Earthsea and The Tombs of Atuan was broadcast on the Sci Fi Channel. Le Guin has stated that she was not pleased with the result.[1] SCI FI (originally Sci-Fi Channel, sometimes rendered SCI FI Channel when part of a longer phrase) is an American cable television channel, launched on September 24, 1992, specializing in science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming. ...


A Wizard of Earthsea won the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award for juvenile fiction in 1968.

Contents

Plot summary

Duny is a young boy from Gont, one of the larger islands that dot Earthsea. His mother being dead, his father a dour, taciturn bronze-smith, and his much older siblings having already left home, he grows up alone, headstrong and wild. The boy discovers he has a strong innate affinity for magic. His aunt, the village witch, teaches him the little she herself knows, but his power far exceeds hers. Assorted ancient Bronze castings found as part of a cache, probably intended for recycling. ... The Sorceress by John William Waterhouse Magic and sorcery are the influencing of events, objects, people and physical phenomena by mystical, paranormal or supernatural means. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Witchcraft. ...


One day, he uses his natural talent and a spell his aunt had taught him to save his village from a raiding party of barbaric Kargs bent on looting and killing. The tale of his remarkable feat spreads far and wide, finally reaching the ear of a wise Gontish mage, Ogion the Silent. He recognizes that the boy is so powerful he must be trained so as not to become a danger to himself and others. In the rite of passage that leads to adulthood, he gives the boy his "true name", Ged, and takes him as an apprentice. (One's true name is revealed only to those who are trusted implicitly, since it can be used to control that person. Normally, someone is referred to by one's "use name"; Ged's is Sparrowhawk.) The Kargs are a fictional people in Ursula Le Guins Earthsea book series. ... Aihal is the true name of a fictional character in Ursula Le Guins Earthsea fantasy series. ... It has been suggested that True name (legal) be merged into this article or section. ... Ged is the main protagonist in Ursula Le Guins Earthsea book series. ...

1971 Puffin edition. 201 pages
1971 Puffin edition. 201 pages

The undisciplined young man grows restless under the gentle, patient tutelage of his master. Ogion finally gives him a choice: stay with him or go to the renowned school for wizards, on the island of Roke. Though he has grown to love the old man, the youngster is drawn irresistibly to a life of doing, rather than being. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 421 × 559 pixelsFull resolution (421 × 559 pixel, file size: 39 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) From personal copy of the book. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 421 × 559 pixelsFull resolution (421 × 559 pixel, file size: 39 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) From personal copy of the book. ... Students in Rome, Italy. ... otheruses|Magician}} The Enchanted Garden of Messer Ansaldo by Marie Spartali Stillman: a magician makes his garden bear fruit and flowers in winter. ... The Islands of Earthsea are the several islands that make up the lands of the largely oceanic fantasy world of Earthsea in the stories of Ursula K. Le Guin. ...


At the school, Sparrowhawk masters his craft with amazing ease, but his pride and arrogance grow even faster than his skill and, in his hubris, he attempts to conjure a dead spirit - a dangerous spell that goes awry. He inadvertently summons a spirit of darkness that attacks and scars him. The being is driven off by the Archmage, the head of the school, but in doing so, he exhausts all his power and dies soon afterwards. Hubris or hybris (Greek ), according to its modern usage, is exaggerated self pride or self-confidence (overbearing pride), often resulting in fatal retribution. ... The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus (breath). // The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, meaning breath (compare spiritus asper), but also soul, courage, vigor, ultimately from a PIE root *(s)peis- (to blow). In the Vulgate, the Latin word translates Greek (πνευμα), pneuma (Hebrew (רוח) ruah), as...


Sparrowhawk is racked with guilt at causing the old man's death, but after a painful and slow recovery, he graduates. Normally, Roke's wizards are sought after by princes and rich merchants, but the new Archmage sends Sparrowhawk, with his willing acquiescence, to a poor island group, to protect the inhabitants from a powerful dragon. After waiting fearfully for the spirit he released to return and try to possess him, he realizes he cannot both protect himself from the spirit and his charges from the dragon at the same time. Saint George versus the dragon, Gustave Moreau, c. ...


He takes a desperate risk; in the old histories, he has found the true name of a dragon that might be the one he must confront. His gamble succeeds and he forces the dragon to bind itself with oaths to never trouble the islanders. Freed from one responsibility, Sparrowhawk resolves to track down his other foe and destroy or banish it.


Sparrowhawk is pursued by his nemesis, being forced to flee each time it finds him. Eventually, he instinctively returns to Ogion, who advises him to overcome his fear and turn and hunt his shadow. Ultimately, he finds the means to defeat it. Though some of his teachers had thought it to be nameless, Sparrowhawk masters his enemy by speaking its true name: "Ged" (also known as Duny). In doing so, he reconciles himself with his shadow.


Inspiration

Le Guin has said that the book was in part a response to the image of wizards as ancient and wise, and to her wondering where they come from.


References

  1. ^ Le Guin, Ursula (December 16, 2004). A Whitewashed Earthsea - How the Sci Fi Channel wrecked my books.. slate.com. Retrieved on 2007-08-16.

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Preceded by: Series:
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The Rule of Names Earthsea The Tombs of Atuan

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In A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA, Ged is an awkward, proud and impulsive young wizard who repeatedly uses his considerable powers recklessly.
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Powell's Books - Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin (599 words)
The magnificent saga begins with A Wizard of Earthsea, continues in The Tombs of Atuan and The Farthest Shore, and concludes with Tehanu — each book a treasure of wisdom, wonder, and literary wizardy.
Ged was the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea,     but once he was called Sparrowhawk, a reckless    youth, hungry for power and knowledge, who tampered    with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow    upon the world.
A Wizard of Earthsea was the first novel of fantasy literature introduced to me a the age of 12.
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