Earthsea (miniseries)

Legend of Earthsea

DVD cover

Written by
Ursula K. Le Guin (novels)
Gavin Scott (teleplay)

Directed by
Robert Lieberman

Starring
Shawn Ashmore
Kristin Kreuk
Danny Glover
Isabella Rossellini
Sebastian Roché
Chris Gauthier

Theme music composer
Jeff Rona

Country of origin
United States

Original language(s)
English

No. of episodes
2

Production

Producer(s)
Hallmark Entertainment
Bender-Brown Productions

Cinematography
Steve Danyluk

Editor(s)
Allan Lee

Running time
172 mins

Distributor
Sci-Fi Channel

Release

Original release
December 13 (2004-12-13) – December 14, 2004 (2004-12-14)

Legend of Earthsea (later shortened to Earthsea) is a two-night television miniseries adaptation of the “Earthsea” novels by Ursula K. Le Guin. It premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel in December 2004.

Contents

1 Plot
2 Characters
3 Production
4 Critical reception
5 Author’s response
6 References
7 External links

Plot[edit]

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In the land of Earthsea, a young wizard named Ged has visions about a girl and doors opening. Meanwhile, King Tygath wants to rule the land and release the Nameless Ones, demons from whom he hopes to learn the secret of immortality. He sends men to attack Ged’s village, in search of the wizard of prophesy (Ged). Ged learns his first spell from an elderly woman. When the invasion comes, Ged uses a mist spell and lures the invaders over a cliff, saving the village. However, Ged also falls off the cliff.
Tygath tries to convince High Priestess Thar to release the Nameless Ones, but she refuses. She is poisoned by Rosa, her attendant who has been tricked by the king’s lover, Kossil, every time she has tea.
A magus named Ogion arrives at Ged’s village and revives Ged. He tells Ged his true name and takes him for training, but Ged is too impatient; he is sent to the magic school on Roke. There he meets the bully, Jasper, and befriends a student named Vetch. Ged shapeshifts into a hawk to show off. Jasper then challenges him to raise a spirit from the dead, leading him to accidentally release a Nameless One. The demon attacks Ged before being driven away by the Archmagus, who tells him that this Nameless One will hunt Ged down and try to possess him, using Ged’s power for further destruction.
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