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Ill Met in Lankhmar [collection] by Fritz…
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Ill Met in Lankhmar [collection] (1970)

by Fritz Leiber

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Series: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser (Omnibus 1-2)

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    The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (ehines)
    ehines: Pratchett, of course, is far more contemporary, but aside from the obvious parody/homage, the tone and atmosphere of Pratchett's early Discworld books are clearly inpsired by the Lankhmar stories. Well worth reading either Leiber's or Pratchett's take on ironic fantasy heroism.… (more)
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    Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure by Michael Chabon (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: A less fantastical, but no less fun, tale of men with swords for hire
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Wonderful book. If you are a sword & sorcery/fantasy fan and have not read these stories, you are missing out on some of the most important works of the genre.
  cthulhuslibrarian | Aug 3, 2011 |
This was my first story by one of the most respected early fantasists. It was an easy and fun little read and I would really be interested to continue reading about the pursuits of the Gray Mouser and Fafhrd. I guess it makes sense to start with this story since it tells of the companions meeting for the first time. There's some clever writing in this short story but otherwise it was just a fun sword-and-sorcery tale. ( )
  briandarvell | Mar 21, 2010 |
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Ill Met in Lankhmar

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Ill Met in Lankhmar is a sword and sorcery novella by Fritz Leiber, recounting the meeting and teaming-up of his adventurous duo, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.
First published in 1970 in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, it is the nature of a prequel, as Leiber had by that time been chronicling the pair's adventures for thirty years. The story forms part four of the collection Swords and Deviltry.
It was awarded the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novella and the 1971 Hugo Award for Best Novella.
One murky night in Lankhmar, Gray Mouser and Fafhrd carry out simultaneous attacks on other thieves, stealing valuable gems already filched from a gem merchant. Recognising kindred spirits, they agree to share the loot. They return to Mouser's lodgings, where Fafhrd is introduced to Mouse's woman Ivrian and Ivrian meets Fafhrd's woman, Vlana.
Somewhat drunk, Mouser persuades Fafhrd to join him in a quest to infiltrate the headquarters of the Thieves' Guild, in the guise of members of the Beggar's Guild. They are initially successful, but their disguise comes unstuck when their glib story is seen through by Krovas, Grandmaster of the Thieves and the Beggarmaster. Fleeing, they return to Mouse's hovel, only to find to their horror that both girls have been killed and partially eaten by giant rats and by Slivikin, a fast-moving evil witch-beast conjured up by Krovas's warlock, Histromilo.
In grief and anger, they return to Thieves' House and charge in, causing panic and chaos, kill Histromilo and Krovas, then flee from the city.
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Since they first met, Fafhrd, giant barbarian warrior from Cold Waste, and the Gray Mouser, wizard, master thief and unparalleled swordsman, have had many adventures across Nehwon, especially in the fog-shrouded city of Lankhmar.

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