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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.

Modern readers may have been introduced to Jirel through the popular FilkSong "Jirel Of Joiry" written by a young lyricist who later went on to become a noted FeministFantasy author herself, Creator/MercedesLackey.

!!Tropes found in these stories:

* ActionGirl: Jirel. Badass enough to give [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]] a run for her money. The UrExample in fantasy literature.
* 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. It's implied that this is the price she pays for the curse she used to kill 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.
* EscapedFromHell: Jirel, the first pulp fantasy heroine, fought her way out of Hell. Repeatedly, in several variations.
* FeministFantasy: one of the earliest on record
* 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.
* SaveTheVillain: Jirel's second adventure sees her return to Hell to free Guillaume's soul, though she's not bringing him back to life, just releasing him from his torment.
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