Gedo Senki (Tales From Earthsea)

We watched this last night. By we, I mean Ita, Awa, Aning and I. Here are 2 versions of the movie. Which version actually took place? Which one’s more exciting? Please help us choose.

VERSION 1:
Gedo Senki tells the tale of Arren, who kills his father for an unknown reason and runs away with an unsheathed magical sword. Along the way he met the Archmage Sparrowhawk who took him under his care. Arrent accidentally walks into  a group of slave hunters and fights them to free a girl, Therru, from their clutches. Therru happens to be an orphan that lives with Tenar, an old friend of Sparrowhawk.

The slave hunters work for Lord Cob, a powerful wizard who is the archnemesis of Sparrowhawk. In his pursuit to gain immortality, Lord Cob casts a powerful evil spell that that upsets the Balance of humans and dragons but allows him to live forever albeit in a frail existence. His honchos kidnaps Tenar in order to lure Sparrowhawk to his castle which is protected by magic that weakens Sparrowhawk’s powers considerably. At the same time, Lord Cob, who seems to know why Arren is running away from an unknown pursuer,  tricks Arren into revealing his true name, thus gaining power over Arren and enchants him into (unsuccessfully) killing Sparrowhawk.

Therru, who is entrusted with returning the magical sword to Arren, runs after another version of Arren and learns that this is the “Light” Arren. The Light Arren reveals that Arren has a fear of Death and eventually succumbs to the darkness of his fears hence his body and soul are separated into Light and Dark. He hugs Therru and tells her his real name.

In the final act, Lord Cob destroys the tower where he is standing to stop Arren from chasing him. He then strangles Therru to death and walks towards the rising sun in his bid for immortality. But Therru does not die, she is revealed to be an immortal, a dragon in fact. She burns Lord Cob with fire and rescues Arren from falling. At a field she transforms back into human form, Arren hugs her and tells her that he will see her again but he has to go home and repents for his mistakes. The End.

VERSION 2:
Gedo Senki tells the tale of Arren, who kills his father for an unknown reason and runs away with an unsheathed magical sword. Along the way he met the Archmage Sparrowhawk who took him under his care. Arrent accidentally walks into  a group of slave hunters and fights them to free a girl, Therru, from their clutches. Therru happens to be an orphan that lives with Tenar, an old friend of Sparrowhawk.

After mysterious dreams of drowning, it is learned that Arren is possessed by the undying spirit of a dragon that fell into the sea after a fight with an evil dragon that intends to upset the Balance of humans and dragons in his desire to be human and rule over all land and sea. Arren is then driven by the spirit to deliver the magical sword, guided by Sparrowhawk who immediately recognises the dragon spirit in Arren, to Tehru, who is the rightful heir to the sword and throne and the only one who can unsheath it to kill the evil dragon, which has manifested itself as Lord Cob. But Tehru doesn’t know of her destiny and lives quietly in a small farm with Tenar, after being orphaned when her house is mysteriously destroyed in a fire that killed her parents; whom unknowingly were the rightful king and queen ousted after a blood coup by Lord Cob. Because of her history, Therrru is against violence, refusing to even be friends with Arren because he carries a sword although he is never seen unsheathing or using it.

In the final act, Lord Cob mistakenly kills Arren thinking that he is the prophesied dragon-reincarnate that will kill him. In the last moments of his life, Arren’s eyes meet Therru’s and she understands that the prophecy is about her. She then kills Lord Cob and in doing so frees Arren of the dragon spirit. In return, the dragon gives up his immortality to revive Arren, and history unfolds the way we know it, where dragons become legends in folklores and are never seen in this world ever again.

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One response to “Gedo Senki (Tales From Earthsea)

  1. Um, I like the first one …because I just finished watching that version. However, the second version seems like it makes more sense as the first one does not clearly explain why Therru is immortal.

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