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Рандал Флаг

Мнение от deadface » ср май 15, 2013 8:05 am

Подробна информация за един от най-известните персонажи на Кинг:

Randall Flagg is a fictional character who has appeared in seven novels by King, sometimes as the main antagonist and others in a brief cameo. He often appears under different names; most are abbreviated by the initials R.F. There are exceptions to this rule; in The Dark Tower series, the name most often associated with Flagg is Walter o'Dim. Flagg is described as "an accomplished sorcerer and a devoted servant of the Outer Dark" with general supernatural abilities involving necromancy, prophecy, and unnatural influence over predatory animal and human behavior. His goals typically center on bringing down civilizations, usually through spreading destruction and sowing conflict.
The character first appeared in the novel The Stand as a demonic figure who wreaks havoc after a plague kills most of the population. He makes his second appearance in The Eyes of the Dragon as an evil wizard attempting to plunge the fictional medieval city of Delain into chaos. Flagg made several more appearances in King's epic series The Dark Tower as one of the main antagonists, in which he attempts to thwart protagonist Roland Deschain from reaching the Tower, the linchpin of all existence, so he can claim it for himself and become a god. The Dark Tower expanded upon Flagg's backstory and motivations, as well as connecting his previous appearances together.
Aside from King's novels, Flagg was featured in a television miniseries adaptation of The Stand, in which he was portrayed by Jamey Sheridan, as well as making appearances in Marvel Comics' adaptations of The Dark Tower and The Stand.
Stephen King initially attributed Donald DeFreeze, the lead kidnapper in the Patty Hearst case, as his inspiration for Randall Flagg. He later attributed Flagg's creation to an image of a man in cowboy boots, denim jeans and jacket always walking the roads that "came out of nowhere" when he was still in college. As King's self-described best villain, the nature of Flagg's character and evil has been the subject of much discussion by literary critics.


Flagg was born 1500 earlier in Delain to a man named Sam the Miller. His birth name was Walter Padick. At age thirteen, he went on to become a traveler, but was found and raped by another wanderer. Not wanting to go back home, he went on to study dark magic and eventually became a demon. After centuries of causing havoc, he gained the attention of The Crimson King.

The Eyes of the Dragon

In his first cronological appearance, during the middle ages, Flagg terrorized the country of Delain, with and schemed to kill the king and throw the country into chaos. Part of his plan was to frame Prince Peter, the rightful heir. Thomas, Peter's naive and resentful brother becomes king and names Flagg his advisor. Due to his inexperience, Thomas gives Flagg large amounts of power and was easilly manipulated by the demonic wizard, thus Flagg became the de-facto ruler of Delain. Flagg then plunges the kingdom into the dark ages. Years later it's revealed Thomas knew and witnessed the murder of his father, but was to scared to admit it, even to himself. Thomas fires an arrow into Flagg's eye, and he dissapears. Peter takes his rightful place as king and Thomas leaves with his butler Dennis to hunt Flagg down. They eventually found him, but Flagg aparently survived.

The Stand

Over the course of history, Flagg keeps appearing, claiming that he just "became" although he has memories of being a marine, a member of the KKK and the Viet Cong. He even remebers having a role in the kidnapping of Patty Hearst.
In an apocolyptic future, after a plauge wipes out much of the population, Flagg stations himself in Las Vegas, and gathers people attracted destructive brand of fascism. He uses crucifixion and torture and other cruel measures to punish those disloyal to him. He has a plot to destroy another emerging society called the "Freezone", led by Mother Abigail, and become the ruler of the new, dominant civilization in the former United States.
Two of Flagg's followers fail to kill the leaders of the Freezone, so in turn, several members of the Freezone head to Vegas to stop Flagg, but are captured. They are taken into Vegas and are about to be executed, when one of Flagg's most loyal henchmen, the Trashcan man, arrives with a nuclear warhead. Trashcan succumbs to radiation poisoning, however. The Hand of God appears and detonates the Warhead, destroying the city and Flagg's followers. Flagg himself survives and reappears on a remote beach.

The Dark Tower Series

In this series, Flagg takes the disguise of several people. He first took the guise of a wizard named Marten and has an affair with Ronald Deschain's mother Gaberille and uses it to provoke him into taking the gunslinger test early, hoping he will fail and be exiled, but Ronald succeds.Years later Flagg under the name Walter O'Dim turns Ronald's village agaisnt him, forcing Ronald to kill them. On his quest for the Dark Tower, Ronald catches up Flagg, still posing as Walter. They have a long discussion about Ronald's quest and destiny. This causes Ronald to fall into a deep delirium, waking up with a pile of bones in Flagg's place.
Flagg's survival is revealed in the book Waste Lands, where he is saves the Tick Tock man Andrew Quick, who was left for dead by Ronald and his ka-tet in the city of Lud. Although at the time it isn't known as Flagg was under the name Richard Fannin. Quick becomes on of Flagg's servents.
The next book, fully reveals Flagg's identity as Walter, Marten and Richard. It is learned he is the emirssary of John Farson, one of the people responsible for the destruction of Ronald's village.
Throughout the seires, Flagg has been pulling the strings behind the scenes, such as when he gives a man named Father Challan, the Black Thirteenth, a dangerous crystal ball, hoping to kill Ronald. He also made a deal with the succubus Mia, who gave birth to Mordred Deschain, who was also mother by Susanah Walker and father by both Ronald and the Crimson King.
In the last novel, Flagg also had his own plan to climb into the top of the Dark Tower and become a god. He believed the only way to do this was through Mordred, who he tries to befriend. Mordered see's through this and kills Flagg.
Due to the series being in a time loop, Flagg is resurected and Ronald has to do the journey again, this time with the Horn of Eld. Flagg's status in this timeline is unkown.

Randall Flagg's Names and Nicknames

Bill Hitch
Marten Broadcloak
Ramsey Forrest
Raymond Fiegler
Richard Fannin
Richard Freemantle
Richard Fry
Robert Franq
Robert Freemont
Russell Faraday
Walter Hodji
Walter o'Dim
Walter Padick

He Who Walks Behind The Rows (possibly)
Old Creeping Judas
The Ageless Stranger
The Antagonist
The Dark Man
The Grinning Man
The Hardcase
The Man in Black
The Man with No Face
The Midnight Rambler
The Monster
The Tall Man
The Walkin' Dude


- The Dark Man (poem)
- Children Of The Corn /Possibly as "He Who Walks Behind the Rows," a sobriquet that includes all of the letters, in order, of the name Walter: "he Who wALks behind ThE Rows"/
- 'Salem's Lot /mentioned/
- The Stand
- The Stand (television miniseries)
- The Stand (comics)
- The Eyes of the Dragon
- Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling (from Hearts In Atlantis) /mentioned/
- The Dark Tower novels
- The Dark Tower (comics)
- The Little Sisters of Eluria (novella)

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Re: Рандал Флаг

Мнение от desert_rose » чет май 16, 2013 1:00 am

Много як материал, благодаря от сърце! Иска ми се да можех нещо да допълня по темата, за да не е коментарът ми чист спам, но уви, не мога. Благодаря!!!

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Re: Рандал Флаг

Мнение от deadface » чет май 16, 2013 1:17 am

Моля :)

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Re: Рандал Флаг

Мнение от Nothingness » чет май 16, 2013 10:38 am

Хмм, аз защо си бях изградил представа, че РФ е и Джон Фарсън 'Добрият Мъж' :rolleyes:
When I was younger, so much younger than today
I never needed anybody's help in any way
But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured
Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors…

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Re: Рандал Флаг

Мнение от deadface » чет май 16, 2013 11:39 am

Защото имат сходни характеристики и служат на Пурпурния крал, освен това в предговора на "Вълците от Кала" Кинг казва:
След смъртта на Тик Так пред пътешествениците се появява истинският магьосник. Това е старият враг на Роланд, Мартен Броуд-клоук, известен в едни светове като Рандал Флаг, в други като Ричард Фанин, в а трети като Джон Фарсън (Добрия мъж).
Но на практика са различни личности. Явно Кинг се е объркал покрай безбройните персонажи и превъплъщения на Флаг, защото в "Магьосникът" пише:
Щеше да му се наложи да се срещне с Уолтър, а може би и със самия Фарсън, когато това приключеше, и нямаше представа какво наказание ще получи, задето беше допуснал унищожаването на танкерите… но всичко това беше за по-късно. Сега искаше само да убие тези нагли мръсници.
— Но е така! И винаги ще е така! Няма значение. Вече няма значение — тази история е разказана до край. Втория път, когато надникнах в топката — когато влязох в топката — беше три дни, след като се прибрахме у дома. Майка ми не беше вкъщи, въпреки че имаше задължения тази вечер. Беше отишла в Дебария — нещо като убежище за жени — да чака и да се моли за завръщането ми. Мартин също отсъстваше. Беше в Кресия, при Фарсън.
+ В речника на ТК в сайта на Кинг:
Even John Farson, who bore the Red King’s sigul of the staring red eye, was but a pawn of this destructive monster. THE MAN IN BLACK (a.k.a. Walter O’Dim) is also a servant of the Crimson King.
+ В списъка с персонажите в ТК, пак в сайта на Кинг:
John Farson was the harrier who brought down the Affiliation. During Roland's youth, he was Gilead's major enemy.
+ В комиксите за ТК (където съвсем недвусмислено се казва, че са отделни личности):
Roland thinks that he is fighting for his father’s honor, but in truth Marten Broadcloak is in league with Gilead’s enemy, John Farson.
There is one man who stands in the way of Walter O’Dim’s and Good Man John Farson’s quest for power…and he must be eliminated!
и т.н.