Resuming Moorcock Readings

Several months ago I set out to re-read my collection of Michael Moorcock’s “Eternal Champion” cosmology. This was one of my main influences on my conception of fantasy / D&D once I got into my later teenage years as I neared adulthood. The “multiverse” concept had a suitably almost sci-fi vibe to it, and I always did tend more towards science-fiction than fantasy. The genres had not been so cleanly split in the 1970s when these were written as they are today.

I even picked up the parts I didn’t have before. (Although the first attempt at getting a copy of “The Silver Warriors” did not survive the USPS.)

So I decided to read them in this order:

“Tales of the Eternal Champion” (Erekose / John Daker)
1) The Eternal Champion;
2) The Silver Warriors;
3) The Dragon in the Sword;

“The Swords Trilogy” (Corum part 1)
4) The Knight of the Swords;
5) The Queen of the Swords;
6) The King of the Swords;

“The Elric Saga” (Elric part 1)
7) Elric of Melnibone;
8) The Sailor on the Seas of Fate;
9) The Weird of the the White Wolf;

“The History of the Runestaff” (Hawkmoon part 1)
10) The Jewel in the Skull;
11) The Mad God’s Amulet;
12) The Sword of the Dawn;
13) The Runestaff;

(Never had these first Hawkmoon books, as it seems they were between editions for the couple of years I was collecting them in the late 1980s).

“The Chronicles of Corum” (Corum part 2)
14) The Bull and the Spear;
15) The Oak and the Ram;
16) The Sword and the Stallion;

(Here’s as far as I’ve gotten; every time I read the fate of Corum I get a bit depressed. So I took a break from Moorcock for a few months.)

“The Elric Saga” (Elric part 2)
17) The Vanishing Tower
18) The Bane of the Black Sword;
19) Stormbringer;

“The Chronicles of Castle Brass” (Hawkmoon part 2)
20) Count Brass;
21) The Champion of Garathorm;
22) The Quest for Tanelorn.

I picked up my copy of “The Vanishing Tower” a few days ago and started reading again. I’m trying not to rush, so as to hopefully pick up anything in the mood or whatever I might have missed when I was younger).

Consider it revisiting part of my own personal “Appendix N.”

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