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The Neverending Story
1997 Puffin Books paperback edition
1997 Puffin Books paperback edition
Author Michael Ende
Original title Die unendliche Geschichte
Translator Ralph Manheim
Illustrator Roswitha Quadflieg
Country Germany
Language German
Genre(s) Fantasy Novel
Publisher Thienemann Verlag
Publication date 1979
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 448
ISBN ISBN 3522128001

The Neverending Story (German: Die unendliche Geschichte) is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, first published in Germany in 1979. The standard English translation, by Ralph Manheim, was first published in 1983. The novel was later adapted into several films. This article is about the year. ... For other uses see film (disambiguation) Film refers to the celluliod media on which movies are printed Film — also called movies, the cinema, the silver screen, moving pictures, photoplays, picture shows, flicks, or motion pictures, — is a field that encompasses motion pictures as an art form or as part of... This article is about the motion picture. ... Image File history File links TheNeverendingStory1997Edition. ... Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende (November 12, 1929 - August 29, 1995) was a German writer of fantasy novels and childrens books. ... Ralph Manheim (1907 - 26 September 1992) was a translator of German and French literature. ... 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. ... Hardcover books A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth, heavy paper, or sometimes leather). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... ISBN redirects here. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Novel (disambiguation). ... Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende (November 12, 1929 - August 29, 1995) was a German writer of fantasy novels and childrens books. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Ralph Manheim (1907 - 26 September 1992) was a translator of German and French literature. ... This article is about motion pictures. ...


It mostly takes place in Fantastica, a world being destroyed by the Nothing. The first protagonist is a young warrior, who is asked by the sick queen to set off and find the cure for their world. The other protagonist is a boy from the real world, a reader of the novel with the same title, for whom the story gradually becomes more and more realistic. A self-reference occurs when an object refers to itself. ...

Contents

Plot summary

The book centers on a boy, Bastian Balthazar Bux, who meets a mysterious man who owns a small antique bookstore and steals a book from it called The Neverending Story, which he reads.


The book begins in Fantastica (Phantásien in the German novels; Fantasia in the films), when a "will-o'-the-wisp" goes to ask the Childlike Empress for help against the Nothing, which is spreading over the land. The Empress herself is ill, which is believed to be the cause of the Nothing (or viceversa); she sends the only person that can stop the Nothing, a boy warrior named Atreyu, to find a cure for her. Atreyu is a brave person, but everyone thought he was a man even though he is a young boy. While on his quest, Atreyu meets characters such as Benjamin, Uyulala, and the gnomes Urgl and Engywook. Atreyu also meets Falkor, the luckdragon, who helps him along the way. After Falkor accidentally drops Atreyu in Spook City, Atreyu meets G'mork the werewolf, who has been following Atreyu since the early days of his quest, intending to kill him. G'mork soon dies; Falkor and Atreyu leave Spook City to find the Ivory Tower, where the Childlike Empress lives. The Childlike Empress reveals that the only thing that can save Fantastica is a human child, who must give her a new name to start again the cycle of life in Fantastica. Bastian comes to Fantastica by naming the Empress 'Moon Child'; she asks him to help re-build Fantastica with his imagination and he subsequently has many adventures of his own in his new world. With the help of the Auryn, a Gem that links him to the Empress and gives him power over all the inhabitants of Fantastica, Bastian explores the Desert of Colors, battles the evil Xayide, and meets the three Deep Thinkers. Bastian becomes friends with Atreyu, although their rivalry leads to a fight in which Atreyu is wounded. Bastian thereafter is corrupted by Xayide, who drives him to a lust for power. He is defeated in his attempt to start a coup d'etat against the Childlike Empress. Eventually, Bastian and Atreyu reunite and Bastian soon returns home. He decides to return the book to its owner, Carl Conrad Coreander, but the book disappears after Bastian returns from Fantastica. He explains this to Carl Conrad Coreander, who is interested in Bastian's adventures and wants to keep in touch to talk about them.


Characters

Main article: Characters of The Neverending Story
  • Atreyu (German Atréju)
  • Bastian Balthazar Bux (German Bastian Balthasar Bux)
  • The Childlike Empress/Moonchild (German Die Kindliche Kaiserin/Mondenkind)
  • Falkor, the luckdragon (German Fuchur, der Glücksdrache)

AURYN

The AURYN amulet as depicted in the 1984 film of The Neverending Story.
The AURYN amulet as depicted in the 1984 film of The Neverending Story.

AURYN is a mystical talisman in The Neverending Story. In the novel, AURYN is always spelled in capital letters and is revered by all Fantasticans as a symbol of its mistress, the Childlike Empress, who is also called “The Golden-Eyed Commander of Wishes” which alludes to her relationship with the AURYN. While the book makes noteworthy point that the image of AURYN is on its "cover(s)", it doesn't actually refer to it as AURYN. This article is about the motion picture. ... Look up talisman in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Childlike Empress is an important character in the 1979 Michael Ende novel, Die Unendliche Geschichte (The Neverending Story). ...


Two mythological serpents, symmetrical, bite at the other’s tails. In the book, they are not specifically, nor always, intertwined. One serpent is gold and one is silver. Each has an eye to correspond to the color of the book’s print, red and green. The symbol is reminiscent of ouroboros or the mythological Jörmungandr and the Zodiac Pisces. The two snakes represent the dual nature of the two worlds, Fantastica (German: Phantásien) and Reality, but also the twin nature of their mutual creation and destruction. There may also be a relation to the Gates of Horn and Ivory of Virgil's Aeneid. On the back of the AURYN are these words: For other uses, see Ouroboros (disambiguation). ... Thor goes fishing for the Midgard Serpent in this picture from an 18th century Icelandic manuscript. ... For the astrological sign, see Pisces. ... For other uses, see Virgil (disambiguation). ... Aeneas flees burning Troy, Federico Barocci, 1598 Galleria Borghese, Rome The Aeneid (IPA English pronunciation: ; in Latin Aeneis, pronounced — the title is Greek in form: genitive case Aeneidos) is a Latin epic written by Virgil in the 1st century BC (between 29 and 19 BC) that tells the legendary story...

"Do what you Wish" (German: "Tu, was du willst"). Thelema is the English transliteration of the Ancient Greek noun : will, from the verb θέλω: to will, wish, purpose. ...

The AURYN helps guide Atreyu through Fantastica in his quest to find a cure for the ailing Childlike Empress, and in turn defeat the Nothing. It serves him clandestinely, but does return him to the Ivory Tower. Although Atreyu believes himself to have failed in finding the human child past the borders of Fantastica, the Childlike Empress informs him to the contrary and that indeed the boy had been with him all along. For other uses, see Ivory Tower (disambiguation). ...


In the hands of the Childlike Empress, the AURYN displays greater powers even in the face of the Nothing. She releases seven spirits to serve her as she ventures across her tattered realm to find the Old Man of Wandering Mountain. They carry her chariot and provide a haven for Atreyu and Falkor within. Falkor in the 1984 film The Neverending Story. ...


Bastian christens the Childlike Empress with her new name. She presents him with AURYN with her only request being that he follows the instructions written on the back. While it grants him the power to make wishes and imagine more of Fantastica, it drains him of his memories which are his only way back to his world. Bastian searches for the same obscure boundaries of Fantastica only to realize it was within AURYN itself. Bastian Balthazar Bux was the main character from Michael Endes novel The Neverending Story and the subsequent motion picture series based on the novel. ...


In the mystical interior of AURYN, two gargantuan serpent statues stand sentry, one shining brighter than white, the other darker than black. They guard the Waters of Life, a waterfall and pool that serve as the exit from Fantastica. The statues refuse Bastian’s passage, for he had left many stories unfinished in Fantastica. Atreyu however agrees to undertake the quest, which allows Bastian to return to his world. When Bastian touches the waters, their truthful properties dissolve the illusion of his glamor wishes, and he returns to being a fat little boy, instead of a Fantastican Prince.


Related novels

In the autumn of 2003, AVAinternational GmbH began publishing "Legends of Fantastica". Originally planned as a 12 part series of novels, only 6 have been published as of 2004. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Legends of Fantasia have been published in Germany, Japan, Spain, and Cyprus. Currently there are no plans to publish these books in English. AVAinternational are in negotiations with publishing houses worldwide, but claim they "haven't got a concrete offer of an English-language country". The six novels published to date are:-

  1. Tanja Kinkel: "Der König der Narren" (The King of Fools) -published September 1 2003
  2. Ulrike Schweikert: "Die Seele der Nacht" (The Soul of the Night) - published September 1 2003
  3. Ralf Isau: "Die geheime Bibliothek des Thaddäus Tillmann Trutz" (The Secret Library of Thaddaeus Tillman Trutz) -published September 1 2003
  4. Wolfram Fleischhauer: "Die Verschwörung der Engel" (The Angels' Plot) -published March 18 2004
  5. Peter Freund: "Die Stadt der vergessenen Träume" (The City of Forgotten Dreams) -published March 18 2004
  6. Peter Dempf: "Die Herrin der Wörter" (Empress of the Words) -published September 23 2004

Adaptations

The NeverEnding Story was the first film adaptation of the novel. It was released in 1984, directed by Wolfgang Petersen and starring Barret Oliver as Bastian, Noah Hathaway as Atreyu, and Tami Stronach as the Childlike Empress. The music was composed by Klaus Doldinger. It covered only the first half of the book, ending at the point where Bastian enters Fantastica. Ende requested they halt production or change the movie's name, as it had drastically deviated from his novel; when they did neither, he sued them and subsequently lost the case.[1] This article is about the motion picture. ... This article is about the motion picture. ... Wolfgang Petersen Wolfgang Petersen (born March 14, 1941 in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany) is a German film director. ... Barret Spencer Oliver (born August 24, 1973) is an American former child actor and currently works as a photographer. ... Noah L. Hathaway (born November 13, 1971) is an American film actor, whose roles included Boxey in the original Battlestar Galactica, and Atreyu in The Neverending Story. ... Stronach as the Childlike Empress Tamara Stronach (born July 31, 1972) is a dancer and choreographer, and has worked as an actress. ... Klaus Doldinger 2004 Klaus Doldinger (born 12 May 1936) is a German saxophonist, especially well-known for jazz and as a composer of film music. ...


The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter, directed by George T. Miller and starring Jonathan Brandis, was released in 1990. It used a number of plot elements from the second half of Ende's novel, but told an essentially new tale. George Trumbull Miller (born 1945) is a Scottish-born Australian film and television director and producer. ... Jonathan Gregory Brandis (April 13, 1976 – November 12, 2003) was an American film and television actor. ...


The NeverEnding Story III, starring Jason James Richter, Melody Kay and Jack Black, was released in 1994. This film was based only upon the characters from the Ende book, having a completely new story. DVD cover The NeverEnding Story III (1994) is the second sequel to the fantasy film The NeverEnding Story. ... Jason James Richter (born January 29, 1980 in Medford, Oregon, USA) is an US actor. ... Melody Kay is an US actress. ... Jack Black (born Thomas J. Black, Jr. ...


The Neverending Story has also inspired two television series. The 1996 animated series focuses on Bastian's further adventures in Fantastica, largely different from his further adventures in the book, but occasionally containing elements of them. The live-action Tales from the Neverending Story re-told the whole story as an ongoing series lasting 13 episodes. The Neverending Story is an animated television series, produced by CineVox, Ellipse (France), and Nelvana (Canada), aired for one season (1995–1996) on HBO, ran for 26 episodes, and loosely based on the Michael Ende childrens book The Neverending Story. ... Tales from the Neverending Story is a four-part television mini-series, loosely based on the Michael Ende childrens book The Neverending Story, produced and distributed by Muse Entertainment, and aired on HBO in 2001. ...


The Neverending Story has also been adapted to the dramatic play, ballet, and operatic media in Germany. The scores to both the opera and the ballet versions were composed by Siegfried Matthus. Siegfried Matthus (* 13. ...


In 2001, the video game adaptation Auryn Quest was developed by the German studio Attaction.[2] Computer and video games redirects here. ...


See Also

Existentialism is a philosophical movement that posits that individuals create the meaning and essence of their lives, as opposed to deities or authorities creating it for them. ...

Footnotes

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  1. ^ Mori, Yoko. Michael Ende Biography. Retrieved on 2007-09-29.
  2. ^ Auryn Quest for Windows. MobyGames. Retrieved on 2007-06-23.
Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Wikiquote is one of a family of wiki-based projects run by the Wikimedia Foundation, running on MediaWiki software. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... MobyGames is a website devoted to cataloging computer and video games, both past and present. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Michael Andreas Helmuth Ende (November 12, 1929 - August 29, 1995) was a German writer of fantasy novels and childrens books. ... This article is about the motion picture. ... DVD cover The NeverEnding Story III (1994) is the second sequel to the fantasy film The NeverEnding Story. ... The Neverending Story is an animated television series, produced by CineVox, Ellipse (France), and Nelvana (Canada), aired for one season (1995–1996) on HBO, ran for 26 episodes, and loosely based on the Michael Ende childrens book The Neverending Story. ... Tales from the Neverending Story is a four-part television mini-series, loosely based on the Michael Ende childrens book The Neverending Story, produced and distributed by Muse Entertainment, and aired on HBO in 2001. ...

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Unendliche Geschichte, Die (1984) (593 words)
The Neverending story is by far the best "Fantasy" film ever made and I doubt that it will ever be topped.
Even today, aged 23, working in the computer industry, I find myself slipping in the Neverending Story soundtrack in my CD player and dreaming away to Fantasia...
It's an example of a timeless story, told with wonderful creatures and dazzling vistas of the land of Fantasia.
TheoCenTriC: The Neverending Story (2599 words)
Stories plainly reveal that God works in and through “material” – through “stuff.” Stories help us to see that truth is more than “mind candy” but is meant to be embodied – the incarnation of God in Christ is the supreme demonstration of this.
It truly is a neverending story for it begins with the triune God in eternity and ends with the triune God with his people in eternity.
As the old hymn states, “We’ve a story to tell to the nations!” As the angels sang on Christmas morning, this story is “good news of great joy for all the people.” This is the story that we are to tell and indwell.
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