YMMV / The Elric Saga

  • Awesome Art: P. Craig Russell's adaptations of Stormbringer is amazing.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Elric himself. The audience sees him either as a refreshing departure from the standard fantasy hero or as a whiny moron who gets hit by the Idiot Ball a bit too much.
    • Lampshaded in some stories, where Elric tries to argue that he doesn't want to be pitied, but others say he wants nothing more.
  • Cargo Ship: In-universe, Elric and Stormbringer. Lampshaded rather bitterly by Zarozinia:
    I see your other mistress still shares your bed... And now you need never try to dismiss her again, for that black Lord of Nihrain has given you an excuse to keep her forever by your side.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: It's maybe hard to go through all the books with Elric's wangst and jerkassery, not to mention the Kill 'em All scenario.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With J. R. R. Tolkien fans. Mostly due to the controversial Epic Pooh essay by Moorcock, which is widely criticised because it seems to get many aspects of Tolkien's work wrong, such as claiming he glorifys war, despite the emphasis on War Is Hell.
  • Franchise Zombie: The saga originally consisted of five short stories and the four novellas that became Stormbringer. These nine stories, together, tell a more or less complete story. Then Moorcock decided to write the novel Elric of Melniboné as a prequel. Then he wrote some new short stories. Then he arranged all the short stories into fix-up novels. Then he wrote five more novels attempting to fill in the "gaps" in the original saga. Then the 12-issue maxiseries for DC Comics and the prequel graphic novel Elric: Making of a Sorcerer. And, of course, there's been talk of a Film of the Book dating back to the '70s.
  • Freud Was Right: Elric is a sorceror who physically and emotionally derives strength from the Cool Sword and often talks about how he and the sword are one and he doesn't get any strength without it. His wife Zarozinia finally hangs a Lampshade by referring to it as "His mistress".
  • Ho Yay: Dyvim Tvar is said to love only two things in life: dragons and Elric.
    • Moonglum and Elric, Arioch and Elric.
  • Mainstream Obscurity: Despite being a seminal series in the fantasy genre, its nowhere near as well known as Tolkien's works, or A Song of Ice and Fire, or for that matter Moorcock's favorite Gormenghast. The main reason is perhaps the Archive Panic and serial nature of the stories which makes it hard for new readers to find an accessible "starting point".
  • Nightmare Fuel: Plenty to go around, especially the appearance of Doctor Jest.
  • Wangst: A good portion of pages in most books is dedicated to describe Elric's self-loathing. It reaches Self-Parody in some moments, where it's clear even people who've just met Elric are already fed up with it.
  • What an Idiot: Elric is specifically warned not to leave his treacherous cousin Yyrkoon in charge of Melnibone, but he does anyway. Sure enough, Elric is exiled and Yyrkoon goes on (another) power trip.
    • To elaborate the idiocy; this cousin has already thrown him off his ship with his armor on, after running away, creating a secret army and also kidnapping the chick afterwards they fight over Stormbringer and Mournblade which he wins pretty decisively and then he puts Yyrkoon back on the throne to travel the world for a year... graah!
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