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The Oak and the Ram (Corum #5)

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The seasons have turned from spring to summer across the quiet earth - yet the Fhoi Myore were hiding in mist, awaiting their chance to unleash their icy realm of death. To defeat the Cold Gods, Corum of the Silver Hand must restore the High King's power with legendary treasures - the Golden Oak and the Silver Ram - lost talismans that wield miraculous forc
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1974 by Berkley (first published 1973)
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Bill  Kerwin
Oct 27, 2011 Bill Kerwin rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy

This second volume of the trilogy continues the adventures of Prince Corum as he champions the cause of the Mabden against the powerful Fhoi Myore. It is not equal in intensity to the first and third books, but it is entertaining and leads the reader toward the powerful conclusion.

‘The Oak and the Ram’ proves a better continuation from Corum’s first chronicles, with the story becoming again more entertaining as Moorcock brings back a more classic sword-and-sorcery adventure, but like ‘The Bull and the Spear’ it still doesn’t reach the level of the first trilogy.

While the story was more entertaining in this book, it felt very similar to that of ‘The Bull and the Spear’ with Corum having to find again some magical talismans to save the world.
Of course, Moorcock did th
Jul 20, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it
Another really fun read by Moorcock as the destiny of Corum unfolds in a future human land. He must help them against gigantic ages old foes who bring ice and destruction to the planet, he must save them before all are doomed...
Fredrick Danysh
The demi-god Corum starts his second quest. The Fhoi Myore are destroying the Earth that he is in and the kingdoms will only unite to fight under the leadership of the High King of Mabden, Amergin, who is a prisoner under magic spells. Corum sets out to rescue him and restore the people's faith in Amergin.
Another fine chapter in the tragic life and struggles of Corum Jhaelen Irsei, the Prince with the Silver Hand. Moorcock plays with the myths cycles of Celtic lore and Irish stories of Cuchulain. These are reworked and presented in entirely new ways, but the influence and inspiration is clear. This volume picks up where the previous one, The Bull and the Spear, left off and sets the stage wonderfully for the next volume, Corum - The Sword and the Stallion: The Eternal Champion, which completes th ...more
Simon Mcleish
Jul 30, 2012 Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in July 2000.

The second novel in The Chronicles of Corum is even more sombre than the first. The Fhoi Mhore continue to overwhelm the world, though only six of them remain - the warmth of the world is killing them even as they destroy it. Yet mankind is unwilling to unite against them, using the excuse that the High King Amergrim has not ordered them to do so. He is unable to, having been captured by the Fhoi Mhore and enchanted to think himself a sheep (Moor
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 23, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
Corum fighting to save those who once would have destroyed him trying to get what's needed to achieve this (the Oak and Ram). This is a much, much darker series than the first trilogy of Prince Corum. The books are still absorbing, still filled with action and still good story telling.

This is an interesting Trilogy something of a retelling of the Irish legend of the Silver Hand. It could be looked at as tying the Eternal Champion Cycle into the history we know and Mr. Moorcock's Million Spheres.
Dec 01, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Moorcock Fans, Fantasy buffs, Celtic Fantasy buffs
Shelves: finished
Book 5 of the Chronicle of Corum, from what I recall I liked it quite a bit. This second trilogy (coming after the Swords Trilogy - the first part of the Chronicles of Corum), deal with the return of Corum, displaced into a legendary realm replete with figures and customs from Celtic mythology and culture respectively. It is somewhat more tragically oriented than the original series (a series based in the tragedy of the extinction of Corum's race), as the incarnation of the Eternal Champion embo ...more
Shannon Appelcline
This second volume of the second Corum series loses some of the strong Celtic flavor of the predecessor, in large part due to the appearance of Jhary and Gaynor who bring the problems of the multiverse back to Corum's door. This offers some interesting connections, but results in a story that isn't as strongly thematic as what comes before. It also feels a bit repetitive, as Corum discovers more treasures, makes a slight gain with them, then they disappear.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 25, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing
The first set of the Eternal Champion books I read. Very interesting, very tortured main character. Great fantasy set. Highly recommended.
Dec 19, 2012 Robert marked it as stalled
Haven't read a page of this in over a year. I must've read 30+ Moorcock fantasy novels in my life to date and once you know the formula it's pretty hard for works like this to shine.
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επικός και ο κορουμ αλλά συγκριτικά με τον ελρικ ... φθίνουσα πορεία ..
however τα καλύτερα βιβλία φανταστικής λογοτεχνίας που έχω διαβάσει!
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Corum (6 books)
  • The Knight of the Swords (Corum, #1)
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