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Literature: The Legend of Drizzt
aka: The Legendof Drizzt

A massively huge epic by R.A. Salvatore with a main character you may have heard of if you have ever played a tabletop RPG.

The Legend of Drizzt revolves around the titular hero Drizzt, a renegade dark elf that left his homeland to live in the world above. There are 13 books in the series, chronologically starting with Homeland and ending in Sea of Swords. There are also 2 completed sequel trilogies, and a completed tetralogy.

The 1st trilogy of the series, The Dark Elf Trilogy, revolves around Drizzt's upbringing and his escape from the Underdark; it is a prequel, written after Salvatore wrote The Icewind Dale Trilogy which took place afterwards. The Icewind Dale trilogy revolves around Drizzt's adventures with the Companions of the Hall and conquering of Mithral Hall. It is followed by the four-book Legacy of the Drow Series. The 3 after that are the adventures they have afterwards.

This story helped build up much of the Forgotten Realms world and caused many to follow in its footsteps.

The books, in publication order, go as following:

  • The Icewind Dale Trilogy
    • The Crystal Shard (1988)
    • Streams of Silver (1989)
    • The Halfling's Gem (1990)

  • The Dark Elf Trilogy
    • Homeland (1990)
    • Exile (1990)
    • Sojourn (1991)

  • Legacy of the Drow Series
    • The Legacy (1992)
    • Starless Night (1993)
    • Siege Of Darkness (1994)
    • Passage To Dawn (1996)

  • Paths of Darkness
    • The Silent Blade (1998)
    • The Spine of the World (1999)
    • Sea of Swords (2001)

  • The Hunter's Blades Trilogy
    • The Thousand Orcs (2002)
    • The Lone Drow (2003)
    • The Two Swords (2004)

  • Transitions
    • The Orc King (2007)
    • The Pirate King (2008)
    • The Ghost King (2009)

  • The Neverwinter Saga
    • Gauntlgrym (2010)
    • Neverwinter (2011)
    • Charon's Claw (2012)
    • The Last Threshold (2013)
Spin-offs include:

  • The Sellswords: Stars Drizzt's Arch Rival Artemis Entreri and the drow mercenary Jarlaxle Baenre.
    • Servant Of The Shard (2000)
    • Promise of the Witch King (2005)
    • Road of the Patriarch (2006)

  • The Cleric Quintet: Stars Cadderly Bonaduce, the Chosen of Deneir.
    • Canticle (1991)
    • In Sylvan Shadows (1992)
    • Night Masks (1992)
    • The Fallen Fortress (1993)
    • The Chaos Curse (1994)

Tropes occurring in multiple entries in the series include:

  • MacGuffin: Crenshinibon for much of the series, as its abilities make it very attractive for power-hungry individuals.
  • Merger of Souls: Crenshinibon, an Artifact of Doom taking the form of a crystal shard (from whence the first book of The Icewind Dale Trilogy gets its name), was formed from a ritual that merged the souls of seven liches. Upon its destruction in Servant of the Shard the souls are apparently separated and pass on.

The Elminster SeriesLiterature/Dungeons & DragonsThe Cleric Quintet
The Elminster SeriesTabletopGame/Forgotten RealmsThe Dark Elf Trilogy
The Last ShipLiterature of the 1980sThe Legend of Rah and the Muggles
The Legend of the 10 Elemental MastersFantasy LiteratureThe Dark Elf Trilogy
Land of OzLong-Running Book SeriesLone Wolf

alternative title(s): The Legend Of Drizzt
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