Stormbringer is a magic sword featured in a number of fantasy stories by the author Michael Moorcock. Created by the forces of Chaos, it is described as a huge, black sword covered with strange runes carved deep into its blade. It is wielded by the doomed albino emperor Elric of Melnibon. Stormbringer makes its first appearance in the 1961 novella The Dreaming City.
The theme of a cursed sword which causes evil deeds when drawn goes back to the sword Tyrfing in Norse Mythology, with which Moorcock was likely familiar. In the four novellas collected in the 1965 book Stormbringer, the sword’s true nature is revealed.Moorcock intended the sword/character as a symbol of his theme, “how mankind’s wish-fantasies can bring about the destruction of… part of mankind”.


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by Michael Moorcock