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The story of The Legend takes off years after the death of Jumong. Jumong is the founder of Goguryeo. The story is loosely based on the legend of Dangun and Gwanggaeto the Great of Goguryeo. The story also adds mythical elements of the Four Symbols depicted in fantasy form as the four guardians who serve the king of Jyushin.



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At first I have a hard time understanding what the story is all about but as the series progresses I understand it. The major conflict in this story is the fact that there are two individuals claiming the throne of Jyushin. Both of them are both born on the same day that the four symbols reappeared confirming that indeed the King of Jyushin has arrived. Despite being proven that Damdeok is the true king, Hogae still pursues his claim to the throne. Will he become successful?

The series has an improved visual effect and has a new breed of story line for viewers. It also brings you deep into the story by the mix of love, revenge and intrigue. What makes this a must view series is the fact that despite being the real king, Damdeok is very humble which some of his advisers and supporters say he is naive and a fool.

Damdeok possesses the true characteristics of a king. In the Philippines the main theme used for the series is Go The Distance, which was originally sung by Michael Bolton for Disney's Hercules, this time is was Ariel Rivera who did the remake.
  • STORY: 10 - means the depth of the story and the overall plot.
  • CHARACTERS: 9 - this pertains to the ability of the characters to portray their roles.
  • COHERENCE: 9 - ability of the story to be coherent as the episode progresses.
  • DEPTH: 10 - the effectiveness of the story to relay the full plot and to show the story of each character.
  • MUSIC: 7 - effective use of music in the story.
  • VISUAL EFFECTS: 8 - amount and effectiveness of special effects.
  • POPULARITY: 6 - relative popularity of the story/tv series.
  • TOTAL RATING: 8.43
The Legend premiered in the Philippines, March 10, 2008 with a premiere broadcast rating of 31.5%, however at present its current rating dropped to 21.7%. This can be attributed to the deep story line that the series possesses. Most of the plot cannot be understood perhaps by those who are used to straight forward presentation of conflicts.


Another Rendition of The Legend OST - Go the Distance

CHARACTERS:

Damdeok

The prince of Goguryeo, and also the reincarnation of son of the God Hwanwung. (It should be noted that he looked very similar to Hwanwung in the drama.) He came across a girl named Kiha while he was reading a book at night, and later came to her again to ask her to heal his father who was poisoned by Hogae's mother. He had grown to a pleasant young man, but in his heart he always suffered because of Hogae's mother who had committed suicide, causing Hogae to believe that Damdeok killed her. He was later found to be the destined King of Jushin.

Hogae

The rival of Damdeok. At first he was very open and pleasant towards Damdeok, but after his mother's death he resolved to take revenge. This was combined with his character changing devastingly to a cold, cool type from a warm, pleasant person. He had been winning many battles as early as his teens, and grew to a powerful warrior. He joined Hwacheon to kill Damdeok. He was killed by Damdeok in the last battle after killing Damdeok's right-hand general, Gouchung. Damdeok impaled him with the very spear that Hogae used to kill Gouchung. However, Damdeok's look showed great remorse even as he threw the spear, and possibly Hogae came to understand him in his final moments. (His face at death was not enraged. Instead, his eyes were tearful and pure, perhaps implying that he understood Damdeok finally.)

Hyeongo

The leader of the Geomul village and the master of Hyeonmu. He carries a stick given to him when he was appointed as the leader of Geomul. This stick is the Heavenly Artifact of the Black Turtle-Snake. He is slightly irresponsible and does not act his age enough. Sure enough, he cheated customers by claiming to be an astrologer. He was the leader of the masters of the Four Gods, and was therefore to identify the King of Jushin and serve him. Damdeok called him his 'Teacher' and asked him to teach him the basics of a king.

Kiha

The mistress of the Dark Phoenix. She was born as a princess in a province of Baekje. On the day of the arrival of the King of Jushin, the forces of Hwacheon struck the province and killed everyone in sight. Before being killed by the warriors, Kiha's mother instructed her to protect her sister, Sujini, no matter what. Kiha obeyed by hiding Sujini in a pot for cooking rice, before fainting in the smoke caused by the fire that the Hwacheon forces started. While unconscious, her power of the Phoenix exploded in a form of watery energy, extinguishing the fire to save her. She was discovered shortly afterwards by Saryang, the master-of-fights of Hwacheon, and taken to the base of Hwacheon clan. The Daejangro put a curse on her to control her, while using her power of the Phoenix to regain his youth. She was trained in martial arts by Saryang, who developed an elder-brotherly feeling for her (although he treated her with high respect to his death).

For more info visit these sites (Spoiler Alert)

The Legend (TV series)
Gwanggaeto the Great of Goguryeo

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