11 March 2011

Maps of Elric's Young Kindgoms

As I’ve mentioned in at least one earlier post, I’m a huge fan of maps, and especially fantasy maps. I hope that some of you enjoy looking at them as well.

Here are some different maps of Michael Moorcock’s Young Kingdoms world, as described in his various Elric and Rakhir stories.

This map is by Phillipe Druillet

This map, by John Collier and Walter Romanski, was included in some of the Daw editions the Elric stories.

The classical William Church map that appeared in Chaosium's RPG Stormrbinger (editions 1-4).

A map by John Collier (an update of the version found in the DAW books).

Finally, this very pretty French colour map by an unknown artist.

All of the maps posted here were found in this part of the 'Moorcock's Miscellany' website.


  1. Thanks for posting. I wish the pre-Chaosium maps were a bit larger - I really Druillet's rendition.

  2. The Collier maps's interesting. It includes the Unknown East, which was never officially mapped (although the map of the YK I had done for the Elric RPG includes it) and Collier and I largely agree on locations of countries. He does, however, get some other details wildly wrong - like Ryfel, which is now deep, deep inland!

    Fascinating though. Another interesting map is that found in the 'Making of a Sorcerer' comic which shows a very different set of countries...

  3. ze bullette: The bottom two maps will expand if you click on them. For some reason, this does not happen with the others. I have no idea why this is (I uploaded them all in exactly the same way!). However, if you go to the original site (part of Moorcok's Miscellany) you can find larger versions.

  4. I also like the Druillet map. I'm a huge fan of Druillet's work and have the large folio 'Return to Melnibone' comic he did in collaboration with Moorcock. Art from that found its way into the Elric influenced Yragael/Urm comics which has been an inspiration for a lot of my Elric work over the years.

  5. I may have to track down this 'Return to Melnibone' comic!

  6. I noticed the location of Ryfel on Collier's map as well, Lawrence (especially since that's where our adventurers are located now!).

    Does Moorcock place Ryfel on the coast in one of his writings?

  7. Very cool stuff. I can't believe that all the Elric books I've ever read have no maps. I'd be lost without them in Tolkien but somehow with Elric I liked the ambiguity of that world.

  8. Most of the maps I've seen of the YK have placed Ryfel on the coast, and in 'Sailor on the Seas of Fate', where Ryfel is first mentioned, Elric is on the Pikaraydian coast having made a dramatic escape from Ryfel's governor. So, whilst its not explicitly stated that Ryfel is a coastal city, its not unreasonable to place it on the coast.

    Its also always been on the coast in the Church map. It may also have been located there in the original maps that accompanied the first Elric story collections, but I haven't been able to trace that map online.

  9. Oh, I'll ry to remember to bring 'Return to Melnibone' with me to our next session.


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