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[[caption-width-right:183:Cover art of a recent omnibus edition, by Arnold Tsang]]
Jirel of Joiry is the heroine of a series of SwordAndSorcery short stories by Creator/CLMoore, running from 1934 to 1939 in ''Magazine/WeirdTales''. Notable for being the first female {{Fantasy}} hero. The stories are:

* "Black God's Kiss"
* "Black God's Shadow"
* "Jirel Meets Magic"
* "The Dark Land"
* "Hellsgarde"
* "Quest of the Starstone" - A {{Crossover}} story with her other famous character Literature/NorthwestSmith, co-written with her husband Creator/HenryKuttner.

!!Tropes found in these stories:

* ActionGirl: Jirel. Badass enough to give [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]] a run for her money.
* BadassNormal: Oh yes. No matter if it's demons, elder gods, [[DimensionLord beings from alternate dimensions,]] [[MakesSenseInContext wizards from the future]], or just plain foreign invaders, she'll fight tooth and nail to protect her people.
* ChainmailBikini: Averted, no matter what the cover art of the ''Planet Stories'' edition would have you believe.
* {{Crossover}}: With Moore's SF character Literature/NorthwestSmith. This is not as mad as it sounds - both characters often end up in strange realms facing powerful, mysterious creatures and the word "magic" even pops up a few times in the Northwest Smith stories.
* DarkFantasy: You can say that again. As with the the Northwest Smith stories, a [[Creator/HPLovecraft Lovecraft]] influence is obvious with the evocative PurpleProse, AlienGeometries, and strange and otherworldly forces man cannot comprehend.
* DatingCatwoman: Jirel hates Guillaume the Conqueror who conquered her castle and humiliated her, and is determined to kill him - which she succeeds to do after undergoing many dangers and perils. Only when seeing him dead does she realize she had been passionately in love with him.
* EldritchAbomination: The Black God. Pav might also qualify.
* EldritchLocation: Moore loved this trope. Part of the fun of the stories is finding out what creatively weird and fantastical landscapes the author could come up with next.
* FeministFantasy
* FieryRedhead: Jirel.
* HeroicFantasy: Notable for introducing the first female protagonist in the genre.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter
* NoOntologicalInertia: Jarisme's tower returns to its original location after her death.
* PurpleProse: Like the better authors at the time writing for ''Weird Tales'', Moore could actually pull off lush and haunting description especially pertaining to emotions and fantastic landscapes surprisingly well.
* ReligionIsMagic: Wearing a crucifix will protect one against the Black God's realm.
* SamusIsAGirl: Jirel's introduction.