First Lines: Elric of Melniborné

Elric of Melniborné—the red-eyed albino whose strength is being sustained by arcane potions and who is Emperor of the Dragon Isle—is not much of a hero. Unlike his ancestors, he’d rather ponder many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore and magic. Still, he has to stand up to the rivalry of his cousin Yyrkoon, who wants to usurp the the Ruby Throne in the Dreaming City Imrryr.

Michael Moorcock’s Elric of Melniborné is fantasy of the swords and sorcery kind. There’s swords, magic, dragons, castles, ships that sail on land and seas, lords of chaos straight from the pits of hell, powerful magical swords hidden away in some remote, otherworldly realm—it’s a hoot. Once I get my head around the convoluted re-issues of the books, I might just dive in deeper.

Michael Moorcock — Elric of Melniborné
First line
It is the colour of a bleached skull, his flesh; and the long hair which flows below his shoulders is milk-white.