Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Fritz Leiber once
bombastically and enthusiastically described them as "the two
greatest swordsmen ever to be in this or any other universe of
fact or fiction." Their adventures take them from the bottom of
the Inner Sea to the highest mountain in Nehwon; from the
Mediterranean of our world to the seedy backstreets of Lankhmar.
They serve as champions on opposite sides of the same battle; give
up adventuring for religion; quest for invisible jewels and
equally invisible princesses; suffer a curse of pig-trickery...
Fritz Leiber and his friend Harry Otto Fischer based Fafhrd and
the Mouser on themselves (Fafhrd is Leiber) as a game in the 30s.
Fischer wrote some 10,000 words of one adventure, which Leiber
later incorporated "unchanged" into "The Lords of Quarmall."
Leiber himself wrote about the "dubious heroes" for the next fifty
From their first appearances in the pulp magazines of the
1940s, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser have entertained and inspired
the fantasy world. Lean Times in Lankhmar is the second
volume of White Wolf Publishing's program to put Leiber's stories
back in print. It combines the 1968 collections Swords in the
Mist and Swords Against Wizardry, and contains such
classic tales as the title story, "The Two Best Thieves in
Lankhmar," and "Adept's Gambit." Book 3 of the series, Return
to Lankhmar, is due in April 1997.
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, available from White Wolf:
Ill Met in
Lankhmar. White Wolf Publishing, 1995
Lean Times in Lankhmar. White Wolf Publishing, 1996
Return to Lankhmar.
White Wolf Publishing, 1997
Farewell to Lankhmar. White Wolf Publishing, 1998
This review copyright 1996 by Wendy Morris
Information last updated January 17, 1999