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An Incarnation of the Eternal Champion
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Revision as of 12:04, 6 February 2014

An Incarnation of the Eternal Champion. Described in Red Pearls as 'clad in black, silk and leather, hair the colour of milk, skin pale as the thinnest bleached linen. His long head with its tapering ears and slightly slanting brows was as remarkable as his sharp, glittering ruby-coloured eyes.'


Freudian Origins

Moorcock was deep into Freud and Jung when he wrote the first Elric stories and has acknowledged that they owe much to the fathers of modern psychology.[1] In creating Elric Moorcock did not pander to the reader's feelings; the Melnibonéan prince is a hard character to like, but deeply fascinating nonetheless, being a beguiling mixture of the vulnerable, heroic and tragic. In a strange sense, Elric and his sword Stormbringer together represent a dysfunctional compound personality, unable to exist when separated but in constant conflict.

In Freudian terms Elric represents a complex combination of Ego and SuperEgo with Stormbringer his Id. The Id is an important part of the newborn baby's personality because it allows him to get his basic needs met. Freud believed that the Id is based on our pleasure principle; it wants whatever feels good at the time, with no consideration for the reality of the situation. And like Stormbringer, the Id doesn't care about reality, about the needs of anyone else, only its own satisfaction.

Within the first three years, as the child interacts more and more with the world, the second part of his personality begins to develop, which Freud calls the Ego, and is based on the reality principle. The Ego understands that other people have needs and desires and that sometimes being impulsive, selfish or destructive can hurt us in the long term. It is the Ego's job to meet the needs of the Id in a controlled way while taking into consideration the realities of the situation. In the Elric stories, this is represented by Elric's attempts to impose his mastery over Stormbringer.

By the age of five the SuperEgo or conscience develops, which is the moral part of the child and develops through the moral and ethical restraints placed on him by his caregivers and society. According to Freud, in a healthy person, the Ego is strongest so that it can satisfy the needs of the Id, not upset the SuperEgo, and still take into consideration the reality of every situation. In the character of Elric, his SuperEgo is formed by his amoral Melnibonéan heritage tempered by his attempts to understand Human morality. Not an easy job by any means, and if the Id gets too strong, impulses and self gratification take over the person's life. As the stories make quite clear, Elric is not a healthy person and as a consequence he loses the battle of wills with his Id many times.[2]

Appeared in

Elric of Melniboné The Dreaming City
While the Gods Laugh The Stealer of Souls
The Sailor on the Seas of Fate The King of the Swords - seen by Corum Jhaelen Irsei while he was in Limbo, later joined with Corum to defeat Voilodion Ghagnasdiak.
The Last Enchantment Elric at the End of Time
The Vanishing Tower The Quest for Tanelorn - Met Dorian Hawkmoon, Corum Jhaelen Irsei and Erekosë for the first time when they all boarded the Dark Ship to fight Agak and Gagak
Stormbringer - Dead God's Homecoming, Black Sword’s Brothers, Sad Giant's Shield, Doomed Lord's Passing Dream of a Doomed Lord
The Jade Man's Eyes The Singing Citadel
The Caravan of Forgotten Dreams
The Fortress of the Pearl The Revenge of the Rose
The Black Blade's Summoning The Dreamthief's Daughter
The Skrayling Tree The White Wolf's Son
Duke Elric Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer
A Portrait in Ivory The Swords of Heaven, The Flowers of Hell - Seen in Limbo as Urlik travelled between planes
A Sword Called Stormbringer The Green Empress of Melniboné
The Great Counterfeit Memory Sin-Drome by Andrew Darlington Go Ask Elric by Tad Williams
Now Cracks a Noble Heart by David M. Honigsberg A Devil Unknown by Roland J. Green & Frieda A. Murray
Kingsfire by Richard Lee Byers The Gate of Dreaming by Brad Strickland
The Littlest Stormbringer by Brad Linaweaver & William Alan Ritch Providence by Kevin T. Stein
The Guardian at the Gate by Scott Ciencin Celebration of Celene by Gary Gygax
The Song of Shaarilla by James S. Dorr Too Few Years of Solitude by Stewart von Allman
White Wolf's Awakening by Paul W. Cashman The Dragon's Heart by Nancy A. Collins
A Woman's Power by Doug Murray The Gothic Touch by Karl Edward Wagner
The Soul of an Old Machine by Thomas E. Fuller The White Child by Jody Lynn Nye
Temptations of Iron by Colin Greenland The Other Sword by Robert Weinberg
Arioch's Gift by Charles Partington The Trembler on the Axis by Peter Crowther & James Lovegrove
Beyond the Balance by Nancy Holder One Life Furnished with Early Moorcock by Neil Gaiman
The Enquiry by Matthew J. Jorgensen The Captive Soul by Bill Crider
In the Machinery of Dreams by Thomas E. Fuller Isle of Lost Souls by Robert E. Vardeman
The Festive Season by David Ferring Queens of Deliria by Michael Butterworth
The Adventures of Jerry Cornelius: The English Assassin Black Petals
Elric of Melniboné: The Prisoner of Pan-Tang|Red Pearls|

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Mike Says

  • "I never did more than a few pages of a proposed Conan story for Fantastic Universe. The magazine folded before I could do any more and I put it aside. This is what I first showed to Carnell. He then asked me to do something different, so I did something as different as I could."[3]



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