Know who this is?

Here’s a hint: it ain’t Elric of Melnibone’.

Oh, and credit where it’s due: Robert Gould is the artist.


19 Responses to “Know who this is?”

  1. nightowl33 Says:

    no, can’t say as i do… beautiful artwork though 🙂

  2. uhlrik Says:

    Aw, allright. He’s Count Ulric von Bek, protagonist of The Dreamthief’s Daughter and The Skrayling Tree. Ulric’s an Eternal Champion from our own world, born in the early 20th century. His resemblance to Elric is obviously no coincidence.

    His similarity to my own journal’s namesake is more or less an accident, but a happy one. They’re derived from the same old Germanic name, hence not being a complete accident.

  3. creativedv8tion Says:

    Yeah, I remember reading The Dreamthief’s Daughter – wasn’t that the one where Ulric and Elric meet up in hell or something like that? If so, it kinda sucked, I seem to recall thinking. Moorcock is one of my fave authors of all time, but some of his recent stuff hasn’t impressed me at all.

    I think I still have The Skrayling Tree in my library – I never read it… I might’ve sold it on Ebay or Amazon last year, though, dunno.

  4. uhlrik Says:

    They met in Tanelorn, IIRC, after Elric kept ‘possessing’ him. I actually liked it quite a bit though some of the political maundering was a bit tiresome. I did feel that it had more depth than a lot of the earlier Elric novels, and it was nice to see an “Elric” novel where the protagonist has a sense of humanity.

  5. creativedv8tion Says:

    I’ve always found Whelan’s stuff too pretty. Especially for Elric.

  6. creativedv8tion Says:

    Ah, I’ve never been one to be swayed by “Someone else likes it”, even if someone else is the creator of the character being illustrated.

  7. uhlrik Says:

    or rather, “What that’s worth.”

  8. uhlrik Says:

    Yeah, let’s bugger it. That’s fun.

  9. nightowl33 Says:

    I know you don’t know me and I have never posted a comment to you before but that pic is very interesting. Hanging in the bathroom, huh? Interesting place for it. It’s got very powerful emotions and quite an intense subject. I love the coloring.

  10. uhlrik Says:

    You have no idea.

  11. creativedv8tion Says:

    Even in the world we live in, he’s not particularly pervasive. As a fantasy author, Moorcock is nowhere nearly as wide appreciated as Robert Jordan (*shudder*) or Tolkien or even George RR Martin, and as a character, Ulric von Bek isn’t even an extremely popular or pervasive character.

  12. arielstarshadow Says:

    chuckle I was going to reply along the lines of “Well, he might as well be Elric, given the whole ‘Eternal Champion’ thing.”

  13. uhlrik Says:

    Yes, he might as well be, and in fact he sometimes is. However, he isn’t. Wait. He is. He isn’t.

    aaargh! 😉

  14. uhlrik Says:

    Yeah, the good Count is a fairly obscure Moorcockian character. As Eternal Champions go, I found him pretty refreshing.

  15. riajean Says:

    Epic fantasy at its most long winded, meandering best. The first few books are actually quite good, but its the story that never flipping ends…and by the time I quit reading it at book 7 (4 more have been published since then, and its only one every 2-3 years), it was so convoluted, you could tell he had lost sight of any plan he once had.

    Elric is a very interesting series about a doomed anti-hero. Granted, I only read about …7? of those books, but they tend to stand alone. Elric was really the progenitor of the Anti-Hero concept in modernish fantasy…although, Corwin of Amber came along at approximately the same timeish…(another worthy series if you stick with just the first 6ish books) I actually owned the trade paper back of VonBeck…but couldn’t get into it for some reason.

    George RR Martin is the best fantasy writer out there right now..and I say that because he doesn’t stick to the formula of mildly bending his heroes along the path to glory and righteousness. He flat out kills them. George’s issue is that it took him 5 flipping years to get the 4th book out…and in theory, its only half a book. I soooo should have gone to the book signing at GenCon to thwap him upside the head.

  16. uhlrik Says:

    The Elric novels had a massive impact on modern fantasy and the development of things like D&D. Heck, the old D&D alignment system (law vs. chaos, before they added good and evil to the mix) was lifted from an odd interpretation of his cosmology plus the Warhammer world leans even heavier on his stuff. But yeah…classic anti-hero.

    Onething about Ulric von Bek… he’s not the Ulrich von Bek from the book Von Bek… this is his twentieth-century descendant. He’s all caught up in Romantic notions and a mix of twentieth and nineteenth-century political thoughts. Kinda fun in his idealism. It’s nice to see an idealistic Moorcock hero, especially one that outwardly is so similar to (and horrified when he learns about) Elric.

    I haven’t read any George RR Martin yet. However, I can appreciate his sadism towards his protagonists. I tend to be rough on mine too.

  17. nightowl33 Says:

    Ria can’t stand to have to wait for a new book to come out if it is part of a series. She will usually just refuse to read the series if she has to wait! Or at least she will wait till every last book in the series has been published then read them all in order! Impatient or anal? I don’t know which. I am actually surprised to hear that she read all these when they were only published every 2-3 yrs. I bet she waited and read them all one after the other till she got sick of them. (She hasn’t touched Harry Potter yet… waiting on number 7 she is. 😛

    *smiles* you know I love you…even with all your little personality quirks!

  18. riajean Says:

    that is not a personality quirk. That is saving my sanity, thank you. All authors should be Carol Berg. Interesting characters, great stories, and a new book every 3-6 months.

  19. nightowl33 Says:

    Yea, apparently their move to San Fran caused a lot of comments to come a month late. I googled Brunner and Whelan. Had never seen the work of either. Brunner artwork is very nice (and slightly erotic). I can see where guys would love it.

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