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The Eternal Champion (1970)

por Michael Moorcock

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Séries: Erekose (1), The Eternal Champion (Erekosë novel 1)

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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.… (mais)
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Underrated book with a very satisfying conclusion. Moorcock's "Eternal Champion" (in a temporal sense), Erekosë, has been fighting for millennia across multiple incarnations until he is thrust into the world where this story takes place.

I thought that the introduction of John Daker / Erekosë was a bit weak but this does get better as you read further. The ending is cathartic (still satisfying, although you could see it from a mile away) and I believe there is a underlying message beneath it to take home. The entire plot (starting from Erekosë's summoning) could be seen as an allegory for the self-destructive nature of humanity, and the painful/drastic measures needed to overcome it (symbolized by Erekosë). ( )
  fmqa | Sep 5, 2021 |
I thought this was great when I read it as a teen. It didn't stand up well as a re-read though. ( )
  SFF1928-1973 | Apr 8, 2020 |
Well that was tedious. Wanky dude with identity issues is pulled into Generic Fantasy World #12 and makes decisions as required by the plot. ( )
  being_b | Jan 8, 2020 |
Michael Moorcock has been dishing out pulpy fantasy since the 1960's. Perhaps his most famous brand is his skein of adventures from "The" Eternal Champion--which actually refers to many heroes (Elric, Corum, Hawkmoon, Erekose, etc.) not just this book; the anti-Conan hero called Elric is arguably the most recognizable. The champion mashup is huge, although many are short stories or collections of them, the bibliography has >100 entries. Despite the huge popularity of these, there is a dearth of film/movie adaptions (however the BBC is taking on a TV version of the Runestaff/Hawkmoon stories this yr (2019).

Moorcock's books read at the same blistering pace he writes. He blends metaphysical ideas (time travel, coexisting multiverses...) with epic adventure. In just ~180pages, you'll be whisked across continents and decades of history. This can be fun, but there always seems to be a loss of realized potential and strings of inconsistency.

Cover: My paperback of The Eternal Champion from 1970 has a splendid Frank Frazetta depiction of a heavily armored knight on horse wielding an ax...under the title "Eternal Champion." The art is awesome, but Erekose has a sword (and occasionally a lance).

Sword Kanajana: Speaking of that sword, it is magical and can only be wielded by Erekose; however, it doesn't play a huge role in the book beyond that; and, late in the book when awesome weaponry of ancient days are needed, this sword is not used.... but an unnecessary/genre bending sci-fi element is introduced from out of nowhere. The climax of the book would have been awesome if Moorcock stuck to his sword (rather than his figurative "guns).

Multiverse weirdness: This serves as John Daker's initial awakening as "the Eternal Champion." Our protagonist doesn't seem to care that he is/was married. His mental struggles to comes to terms with his predicament do not resonate since we get near zero information of his real life.

Love?: Several romantic relations are introduced, but are seeping with shallow masculine perspectives. I was reminded of Moorcock's stunningly misogynistic entry into the Ghor, Kin Slayer: The Saga Of Genseric's Fifth Born Son (which soured the whole collection for me).

Pacing and consistency: The first 60 out of 180 pages are a drag; for a warrior called from another world to do battle, there is surprisingly no action for the initial third. This is a strange setup for an ambitious take on war... and that theme I found enjoyable to explore (depressing to read).

Supposedly, the Humans are threatened so much that their king calls upon Erekose via sorcery to help them against the evil (sorcerer) Eldren. However, we are not shown any instance of threat or attack. This approach reinforces the idea that the threatened Humans may actually be the aggressors in the war; that's okay, but we are not shown any indication that the Eldren are even in contact with the Humans. Why would the king stoop so low to use sorcery (which he loathed)?

In short, the first third of the book really needed to show some Eldren vs Human conflict, even it was to be misinterpreted by readers, the Humans, and Erekose.

Not Cliche: Despite the execution, I do admire the idea of an Eternal Champion and the approach to blurring the lines of good-vs-evil, especially in war. Trope fantasy usually has evil wraiths/orcs vs. good human knights. I suppose the current Grimdark genre would like this tone.

In summary, fans of the Eternal Champion with think this is ok. New to the Eternal Champion? I would not start here. Starting with Corum, Elric, or Hawkmoon may be better. ( )
  SELindberg | Jun 17, 2019 |
It's getting on for 50 years now since my first read of THE ETERNAL CHAMPION, but I enjoyed it as much this time through as I did back then.

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 whole thing along at a rollicking speed. There's a wonderful set piece sea battle, we get glimpses of te Eternal Champion's inner conflict that will drive the whole series, and there are battles and mass slaughter aplenty.

Moorcock's sense of a striking visual is much in evidence, even in the somewhat pulpy prose on show here, but it's a great starter for the epic adventures in the multiverse to come, and I'm looking forward to the rest of it with the same passion I used to have while waiting impatiently for him to write the next installment way back in the day.

At least all I have to do now is walk to the bookcase to take the next book down. ( )
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"The Eternal Champion" is a title frequently used by Michael Moorcock. It appears first as a short story in 1962. Then as a book in 1970. The title is also used for a series of stories (To Rescue Tanelorn (1962); the Eternal Champion (1970); Phoenix in Obsidian (aka. The Silver Wariors)(1970) and The Dragon in the Sword (1986). The title is also used for a larger collection of books including Corum, Elric, Runestaff etc.. At least two publishers (White Wolf and Millennium) have produced series called "The Tale of the Eternal Champion" containing most or all of this larger collection in omnibus editions. Both these series include a volume called The Eternal Champion. The Millennium version contains The Eternal Champion, Phoenix in Osidian and The Dragon in the Sword. The White wolf version contains The Eternal Champion, The Sundered Worlds (aka The Blood red Game)(1965), Phoenix in Obsidian, and To Rescue Tanelorn. The Sundered worlds is also the title of a 1962 short story. See http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?M...
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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.

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