The Eternal Champion: Book 1 of Erekosë Trilogy
John Daker dreams of other worlds, and a name: Erekosë. He finds the strength to answer the call, travelling to a strange land ruled by the aging King Rigenos of Necranal. Humanity is united in a desperate fight against the inhuman Eldren, and he must fight with them. But the actions of his brethren turns his loyalties, and as Erekosë he will take a terrible revenge.
You are Erekosë. You have lived before, a hero amongst men, a great warrior and a fair one as well - there is a code of honor named after you. You have been reborn again, to do battle against humanity's mortal ...more
Here ie the book in which we are introduced to The Eternal Champion, John or Johnathan Daker who is apparently a man of our world and possibly the single incarnation who remembers all the others as dreams...is he Moo ...more
Unlike many of Moorcock's novels, this is written in first person; and unlike many of his other appearances, this incarnation of the Eternal Champ ...more
It's the pulpiest of Moorcock's Eternal Champion cycle, and the story that really kicks the whole thing off, with John Daker called from a life on Earth to be Erekose, champion of humanity, once and future hero, and wielder of a bloody huge sword of power.
It's all a bit Arthurian, with similar motifs of betrayal and doom, but Moorcock's energy carries the wh ...more
This is the first in what is (possibly, we'd have to ask Mr. Moorcock) the proto Eternal Champion saga (trilogy, series, oh whatever!) the next 2 are "Phoenix in Obsidian" also published as The Silver Warriors and The Dragon in the Sword.
We first meet Erekose as or in the incarnation of/as John Daker who is having dreams, strang dreams where someone keeps calling "Erekose". He finally realizes (or admits to himself) that h ...more
Begun in the fifties, published in the sixties as a novelette before finally being expanded to a full novel in 1970, The Eternal Champion contains the earliest version of the idea that is central to most of Moorcock's fantasy, together with the fruits of over a decade's development of the theme. The idea is basically that there is one person, immortal or reincarnated, whose aspects are the heroes of fantasy. It is perhaps influenced by the Hind ...more
Despite the fact that this was written very early in Moorcock's career, it really sucked m ...more
So Moorcock did basically the same thing. His Eternal Champion is Roland, Ulysses, even Doctor Who :-D
Now, his Eternal Champion, his garystu, is an a-hole. He is supposed to be a socialist and humanitaria, who appreciates peac ...more
This book sets up the rules for the universe that our tragic hero Erekose has inherited from the far past. As our hero is ripped from a normal life on 20th century Earth as John Daker and thrust into a fantasy world where he is Erekose, Champion of Humanity.
He soon discovers that he has been summoned u ...more
I understand this book is from 1970, worlds apart from the way "new" authors tell stories, such as Rothfuss. Maybe I have gotten used to this kind of writing, f ...more
Moorcock, again, proves he is the master of the uncomfortable and embraces the brutality of his worlds with a great big english hippy bear hug. Erekose is a great character because he can't figure out which side he is on. Clearly the humans are awful and he is one of them. But is he better than them? Or is he ruled by his fickle passion and adherence to codes of honor?
Some claim this is the link that unlocks the Eternal Ch ...more
right or wrong, John Dakar, now the hero Erekose, is caught in the eternal battle between two peoples. as the hero of humanity, Erekose must choose to shut down his emotions and destroy an ancient nation because of an unstoppable feud.
i had never read this one before. nicely introspective but still fun as a hero saga
The writing was descriptive enough to give me a sense of place, but vague enough that my imagination had to do some of the heavy lifting (which I like in fantasy) and I really felt lik ...more
Erekose is the Eternal Champion. He is also John Daker. Elric of Melnibone. Aubec. Hawkmoon. And many others. He is called forth to champion Humanity, by the old king Rigenos of Necranal. Champion Humanity in its war against the evil and dreaded Eldren. The king fears that the Eldren are planning to destroy all the humans, and seeks to destroy them in return.
Erekose is like a child. He awakes to this new world that he doesn't know and understand. He tries to make sense of it, but i ...more
I suppose my primary complaint is that this seems like the exact same story as The Silver Warriors. Different characters, perhaps, but the plot is nearly identical. Same detached, self reflective style of storytelling, same overall character development, same overarching theme of humanity ...more
Moorcock has mentioned The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw and The Constable of St. Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination. He became editor of Tarzan Adventures in 1956, ...more