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 Kossil (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Rosa (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Diana (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Dunain (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Gebbeth (2 episodes, 2005)
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 General Doar (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Penelope (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Lady Elfarren (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Marion (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Yarrow (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Doorkeeper (2 episodes, 2005)
William Samples ...
 Doctor Hand (2 episodes, 2005)
Antony Holland ...
 Master Namer (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Master Herbal (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Master Summoner (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Roke Student with Knife (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Kargide Lieutenant at Osskil (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Dragon's Voice (2004) / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Kargide Commander (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Kargide Ged (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Kargide Soldier #1 (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Kargide Soldier #2 (2 episodes, 2005)
Michael Roselli ...
 Kargide Birdhandler (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Kargide Guard in Cell (2 episodes, 2005)
Cedric De Souza ...
 Kargide Torturer (2 episodes, 2005)
Sakalas Uzdavinys ...
 Cell Guard (2 episodes, 2005)
Stephen Dimopoulos ...
 Ship's Master (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Thorvald (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Shepherd (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Farmer (2 episodes, 2005)
Karen Austin ...
 Farmer's Wife (2 episodes, 2005)
Ellie King ...
 Busty Wench (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Shire Reeve (2 episodes, 2005)
Christopher R. Sumpton ...
 Barman (2 episodes, 2005)
Tom Heaton ...
 Fisherman (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Drinker (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Ged (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Ogion (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Thar (2 episodes, 2005)
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A reckless youth is destined to become the greatest sorcerer that the mystical land of Earthsea has ever known. When the young wizard Ged discovers that he possesses infinite magical powers, he seeks to master the ancient arts. As he journeys to manhood, he will combat dragons, fall in love, cross death's threshold, and ultimately wield the power to reunite a kingdom. Written by El_Magus

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Trivia

Ursula K. Le Guin - author of the novels the production was based on - was critical of the adaptation. Among her complaints was the "whitewashing" of her characters' ethnicities (in the novels, few of Le Guin's characters are white). Le Guin also resented a statement published by director Robert Lieberman which indicated that she approved of his take on her story. See more »

Goofs

Shortly after Ged and Oigon turn their backs to the goat, the crystal from Oigon's staff falls to the ground. After the cut, the crystal is back. See more »

Quotes

Archmagus: That's impossible, no-one can break through these doors.
King Tygath: Maybe you should ask for your money back.
Archmagus: [sees that Jasper betrayed him] Jasper! We gave you the power to bring good to the world, but instead you picked evil. You break my heart!
King Tygath: No, I think I will do that.
[throws dagger into Archmagus' heart]
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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #34.9 (2005) See more »

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Worse than I thought possible
14 December 2004 | by (new jersey) – See all my reviews

I had read Ursula K. LeGuin's response to some statements made by the director and I expected it to be bad. What I saw was horrendous. This is, to my mind, one of the best fantasy series ever written. This adaptation of it only resembles it in the location it was set and the names of the characters.

I have seen a couple of posts to which I must respond:

1) Comparing this to other works such as Dune and The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant miss the mark. While both of those series were great, A Wizard of Earthsea precedes them. Moreover, the best of the series was the last two books, unlike most other most similar series (was it Frank Herbert that said "every good trilogy is five books, at least"?

2) Changing the race of the characters misses an integral part of the statement made by the author. I know she hates it when people read meanings into her works, but given that the book was written in the middle of racial unrest in the '60s a statement was made, intended or otherwise. The "good guys" were the dark skinned peoples and the "bad guys" were the tall, blond white peoples (yes, I know it's no where near that simple, but the basic idea stands).


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