Category Archives: 50th Anniversary

Down the years, several editors and fellow Realms designers and fiction writers, not to mention fans, have pointed out to me that they can “feel there’s something special, something that matters,” but that hasn’t been explicitly spelled out in print anywhere, about the characters of Mirt and Durnan, and their relationship. So let me shine […]

The Seven Sisters had first glimmered into life in the late spring or early summer of 1966, in a remembered-dream-vision (or vivid daydream scene) I wrote down, of a silver-haired woman harping alone at a fireside by night, in snow-shrouded forest wilds somewhere, with wolves watching from the darkness of the trees—and her harping draws […]

The very first Realms short story—as opposed to just a Mirt story—has been given away in chapbook form (photocopied, folded, and stapled by me) and given away at a Milwaukee-era GenCon, with the full approval of TSR. We often tried to give fans some “neat little lore keepsake” at the annual GenCon conventions, “just because.” […]

A perennial question posed to me is why the name “Forgotten Realms”? Did it come from some clever brand manager at TSR, or—? The short answer to the second question is: no, it came from me. There were no such things as “brand managers” fifty years ago; the word “brand” didn’t yet have the connotation […]

In honor of the Realms 50th Anniversary, we’ll be releasing 50 columns penned by Ed Greenwood, the Archmage himself. Almost two decades ago, as I pen this, something that had developed unofficially—regarding a certain whimsical old wizard of hidden depths hight Elminster—became official policy at TSR, Inc, then the publisher of the Forgotten Realms® line […]

In honor of the Realms 50th Anniversary, we’ll be releasing 50 columns penned by Ed Greenwood, the Archmage himself. Take Shakespeare’s aging, overweight ne’er-do-well rogue of an old swindler, Falstaff, add a dash of Guy Gilpatrick’s hard-drinking seagoing engineer Glencannon and the merest whiff of Poul Anderson’s wily spacefaring trader Nicholas van Rijn, and you […]

In honor of the Realms 50th Anniversary, we’ll be releasing 50 columns penned by Ed Greenwood, the Archmage himself. Picture a den in suburban Don Mills—a dimly lit and cozy wood-paneled room dominated by books. Oh, there’s a sofabed under the window, an upright piano with old wooden mantel radios and hundreds of record albums […]