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Encyclopedia > The Colour of Magic
Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series

1st novel – 1st Rincewind story
Outline
Characters: Rincewind
Twoflower
The Luggage
Locations: Ankh-Morpork
Krull
Motifs: Fantasy clichés, Role-playing games
Publication details
Year of release: 1983
Original publisher: Colin Smythe
Hardback ISBN: ISBN 086140324X
Paperback ISBN: ISBN 0552124753
Other details
Awards:
Notes: 93rd in the Big Read

The Colour of Magic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the first of the Discworld series which was published in 1983. It is also one of only six Discworld novels to be divided into sections or chapters, the others being Pyramids, Going Postal, and the three books for young readers. Each chapter is in fact a separate short story featuring the same characters. The idea of The Colour of Magic - that all that happens is due to the gods' gambling - is somewhat similar to traditional role-playing games, in that the roll of the dice determines what happens to the characters. Terence David John Pratchett OBE is an English fantasy author (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England), best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover art of The Colour of Magic by Josh Kirby Discworld is a series of thirty-four fantasy novels and a number of shorter works by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world on the back of a giant turtle that adheres (loosely) to the conventions of classical... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (470x800, 298 KB)The Colour of Magic cover, from http://www. ... Rincewind is a fictional character appearing in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, several of which feature him as the central character. ... Twoflower is a fictional character featuring in some of Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... The Luggage appears in some of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... // For other meanings see Fantasy (disambiguation) Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A role-playing game (RPG) is a type of game in which players assume the roles of characters and collaboratively create narratives. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Big Read was a 2003 survey carried out by the BBC, with the goal of finding the Nations Best-loved Book by way of a viewer vote via the Web, SMS and telephone. ... Comic fantasy is a subgenre of Fantasy that is primarily humorous in intent and tone. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE is an English fantasy author (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England), best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover art of The Colour of Magic by Josh Kirby Discworld is a series of thirty-four fantasy novels and a number of shorter works by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world on the back of a giant turtle that adheres (loosely) to the conventions of classical... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A chapter is one of the main divisions of a piece of writing of relative length, such as a book, being comprised of multiple pages. ... Pyramids is the seventh Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1989. ... Memorial of the 1986 post office incident in Edmond, Oklahoma. ... This article is in need of attention. ... The Discworld gods are the fictional deities from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Slot machines in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... A role-playing game (RPG) is a type of game in which players assume the roles of characters and collaboratively create narratives. ...

Contents


Plot outline

The main character is the incompetent and cynical wizard Rincewind, who involuntarily finds himself as a guide to the naive tourist Twoflower. After they are forced to flee from the city of Ankh-Morpork, they meet two barbarians, Bravd and Weasel, parodies of Fritz Leiber's fantasy heroes Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. It has been suggested that Mageborn be merged into this article or section. ... Rincewind is a fictional character appearing in the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett, several of which feature him as the central character. ... Look up naive in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... El Nido, Philippines Tourism is the act of travel for the purpose of recreation and business, and the provision of services for this act. ... Twoflower is a fictional character featuring in some of Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are two seminal sword-and-sorcery heroes created by, and based on, Fritz Leiber (1910–1992) and Harry Otto Fischer (1910–1986). ...


Both characters also have a narrow escape from Bel-Shamharoth — a monster inspired by H. P. Lovecraft, who wrote many stories in a universe where unspeakable Evil lives, and where Ancient Gods (with unpronounceable names) play games with the lives of mortals. It is interesting to note that Lovecraft also wrote a story called The Colour out of Space, about an indescribable, unnatural colour. The Discworld gods are the fictional deities from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937) was an American author of fantasy, horror and science fiction, noted for combining these three genres within single narratives. ... Cthulhu (alternate spellings: Tulu, Cthulu, Ktulu, and many others) is a fictional character in the Cthulhu mythos of H.P. Lovecraft[1]. Cthulhu often includes the title Great or Dread. ...


The number eight is important on the Discworld, being closely associated with magic. Wizards avoid saying the number out loud, and Octarine is the Disc's eighth colour, the colour of magic as described in the title. This is reflected in the title of the French translation of the book La Huitième Couleur — (lit: The Eighth Colour). 8 (eight) is the natural number following 7 and preceding 9. ... The Discworld in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels runs on magic. ... This article details minor Discworld concepts: concepts and ideas from the Discworld of novels by Terry Pratchett which only appear in the background, or are not well fleshed out. ...


After a visit to the Wyrmberg, an upside-down mountain which is home to dragons that only exist in the imagination, apparently inspired by the Dragonriders of Pern novels of Anne McCaffrey, and nearly falling off the edge of the Disc, their journey leads them to the country of Krull, perched on the very edge of the Discworld. Chinese dragon, colour engraving on wood, Chinese school, 19th Century A dragon is typically depicted as a large and powerful serpent or other reptile, with magical or spiritual qualities. ... Most of the Dragonriders of Pern books were written by Anne McCaffrey. ... At the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow, August 2005 Anne Inez McCaffrey (born April 1, 1926) is an American science fiction author best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series. ... This article is on the fantasy film Krull for the Mathematican see Wolfgang Krull Krull is a 1983 heroic fantasy film directed by Peter Yates and produced by Ron Silverman. ... The Discworld is the setting for all of Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of novels. ...


Their story is continued in the succeeding Discworld novel, The Light Fantastic. The Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series. ...


Translations

  • Цветът на магията (Bulgarian)
  • Barva kouzel (Czech)
  • Magiens Farve (Danish)
  • De Kleur van Toverij (Dutch)
  • Võlukunsti Värv (Estonian)
  • Magian väri (Finnish)
  • La Huitième couleur (French)
  • Die Farben der Magie (German)
  • Το χρωμα της μαγειας (To chroma tis mageias) (Greek)
  • A Mágia Színe (Hungarian)
  • Il Colore della Magia [1] (Italian)
  • 마법의 색 (Korean)
  • Magijos spalva (Lithuanian)
  • Magiens farge (Norwegian)
  • Kolor magii (Polish)
  • A Cor da Magia (Portuguese)
  • A Cor da Magia (Portuguese - Brazil)
  • Culoarea Magiei (Romanian)
  • Цвет волшебства (Russian)
  • Boja Magije (Croatian/Serbian/Yugoslav)
  • El Color de la Magia (Spanish)
  • Magins färg (Swedish)
  • Büyünün Rengi (Turkish)
  • צבע הכשף(Hebrew)

See also

The Colour of Magic was the first Discworld computer game and so far the only one directly adapted from a Discworld novel. ...

External links

  • Annotations for The Colour of Magic
  • Quotes from The Colour of Magic
  • Synopsis of The Colour of Magic

References

  The Italian translation was published as part of I Colori della Magia (lit: The Colours of the Magic), a trilogy comprising of Il Colore di Magia (lit: The Colour of Magic), La Luce Fantastica (lit The Fantastic Light) and L’Arte della Magia (lit: The Art of Magic). The Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series. ... Equal Rites is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett. ...


Sources: Colin Smythe Ltd, Babelfish translation.

Terry Pratchett's Discworld
Novels:

The Colour of Magic - The Light Fantastic - Equal Rites - Mort - Sourcery - Wyrd Sisters - Pyramids - Guards! Guards! - Eric - Moving Pictures - Reaper Man - Witches Abroad - Small Gods - Lords and Ladies - Men at Arms - Soul Music - Interesting Times - Maskerade - Feet of Clay - Hogfather - Jingo - The Last Continent - Carpe Jugulum - The Fifth Elephant - The Truth - Thief of Time - Night Watch - Monstrous Regiment - Going Postal - Thud! Terence David John Pratchett OBE is an English fantasy author (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England), best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover art of The Colour of Magic by Josh Kirby Discworld is a series of thirty-four fantasy novels and a number of shorter works by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world on the back of a giant turtle that adheres (loosely) to the conventions of classical... The Light Fantastic is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the second of the Discworld series. ... Equal Rites is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett. ... Mort is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett and also the name of its main character. ... Sourcery is the fifth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1988. ... Wyrd Sisters is Terry Pratchetts sixth Discworld novel, published in 1988, and re-introduces Granny Weatherwax of Equal Rites. ... Pyramids is the seventh Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1989. ... Guards! Guards! is the 8th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, first published in 1989. ... Faust Eric (commonly abbreviated F^HE – see backspace) is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... Moving Pictures is the name of a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, published in 1990. ... Reaper Man is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... Witches Abroad is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, originally published in 1991. ... This article is about the novel Small Gods; for the concept of Small Gods within the Discworld, see Discworld Gods Small Gods is a novel by Terry Pratchett, the thirteenth part of the popular Discworld series. ... Lords and Ladies is the fourteenth Discworld book by Terry Pratchett. ... Men at Arms is the 15th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... Soul music is a combination of rhythm and blues and gospel which began in the late 1950s in the United States. ... Interesting Times is a novel in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. ... Maskerade is a novel in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. ... Feet of Clay is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett which parodies detective novels. ... Hogfather is the 20th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... Jingo is a novel by Terry Pratchett, one of his phenomenally popular Discworld series. ... The Last Continent is the twenty-second Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, first published in 1998, that parodies Australian people and culture, as well as the famous Crocodile Dundee and Mad Max movies, as well as the popular Australian song Waltzing Matilda Synopsis Spoiler warning: After being dumped onto the... Carpe Jugulum is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the twenty third in the Discworld series. ... The Fifth Elephant is the 24th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... This article or section should include material from [[{{{1}}}]]. Mr. ... Thief of Time is the 26th Discworld novel written by Terry Pratchett. ... Night Watch is the 29th novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, published in 2002. ... Monstrous Regiment is the 31st novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Memorial of the 1986 post office incident in Edmond, Oklahoma. ... Thud! is Terry Pratchetts 34th Discworld novel, released in the United States of America and the United Kingdom on September 13, and it may have been released already in other countries, such as Norway [1] and Denmark. ...


Illustrated Novel: The Last Hero Young Adult Novels: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents - Wee Free Men - A Hat Full of Sky - Wintersmith The Last Hero is a short novel, the twenty-seventh of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. ... The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents is the 28th novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, published in 2001. ... The Wee Free Men is the 30th novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, and the second Discworld book for younger readers. ... A Hat Full of Sky (ISBN 0-385-60736-9) is a novel written by Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, written with younger readers in mind. ... Wintersmith is the working title of the third Tiffany Aching novel, due for publishing in Autumn 2006. ...

Other books:

The Discworld Companion - The Science of Discworld - The Science of Discworld II: The Globe - The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch - The Pratchett Portfolio - The Art of Discworld - The Unseen University Challenge - The Wyrdest Link - The Streets of Ankh-Morpork - The Discworld Mapp - A Tourist Guide to Lancre - Death's Domain - Nanny Ogg's Cookbook - The Discworld Almanak - Where's My Cow? The Discworld Companion is an encyclopedia to all things Discworldian, created by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs. ... The Science of Discworld is a 1999 book written by novelist Terry Pratchett and popular science writers Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen. ... The Science of Discworld II: The Globe (ISBN 0091888050) is a 2002 book written by novelist Terry Pratchett and popular science writers Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen. ... The Pratchett Portfolio is a small collection of the artistic works of Paul Kidby, illustrating the characters of Terry Pratchetts Discworld. ... The Art of Discworld is a descriptive book of the world of the Discworld as portrayed in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... The first Discworld quizbook, the UU Challenge was written by David Langford (With Terry Pratchetts permission, of course) and was published at least on or before 1996, though Im not sure of the exact date. ... The first Discworld quizbook, the UU Challenge was written by David Langford (With Terry Pratchetts permission, of course) and was published at least on or before 1996, though Im not sure of the exact date. ... The first of the Discworld Mapp series, despite the authors original long-held opinion that a fantasy world could not and should not be mapped. ... The Discworld Mapp is an atlas that contains a large, fold out map of the Discworld (sold by CMOT Dibbler) drawn by Stephen Player to the directions of Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs. ... A Tourist Guide To Lancre is the third book in the Discworld Mapp series, and the first to be illustrated by Paul Kidby. ... Deaths Domain is a fictional dimension in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ... Nanny Oggs Cookbook is a book of recipes and wisdom of the Discworld character Nanny Ogg by Terry Pratchett, Stephen Briggs and Tina Hannan. ... The Discworld Almanak is a spin-off book from Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels, in a similar format to the Diaries and Nanny Oggs Cookbook. ... Wheres My Cow? is a picture book written by Terry Pratchett and illustrated by Melvyn Grant. ...

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