Books written by Mordenkainen?


Hello everybody!

So... I was browsing through the Wikipedia lately and found this:

Where I find this:

Mordenkainen is known to have authored or co-authored the following works:

* Architecture (with Leomund)
* The Codex of Mordenkainen
* Cosmogony of Magnetic Fluids
* Dark Sides of the Memory
* Epic Saga of the Great Conjurers
* On The Rise of Magecraft and Modernity
* Weapons of the Ether (with Melf)

Does anybody know where this info comes from?
Where can I learn more about it?

Thanks in advance!

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Erik Mona

The Codex of Mordenkainen is from the Outer Planes Monstrous Compendium Appendix, and has been mentioned several times since. Many of the other books are indeed from a Dragon article, I believe by Frank Mentzer. It's somewhere in the double digits.



Erik, I need to have you eaten by a giant mutated planarian worm, so that your vast knowledge is carried forward into the future.

We'll... err... 'look' for you at Gen Con.


Piratecat said:
Erik, I need to have you eaten by a giant mutated planarian worm, so that your vast knowledge is carried forward into the future.

I second that. Now to start my Chernobyl planarian worm transplant scheme.

joe b.

Erik Mona

I know, I know. And to think, in just a few short months, most of my "official" D&D knowledge will be completely wasted.

Woe is me. :)

We'll always have EN World.


Erik Mona

Here's the article in question, btw. It was not written by Mentzer, but by Bruce Heard.

Dragon #82, p.55
Spells between the covers, by Bruce Heard
Rules for spell research, the list of random books includes many penned by Greyhawk personalities


Rystil Arden

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lukelightning said:
I have it on good authority that he wrote <i>Disjunction for Dummies</i>.
I thought it was Disjunction, Or: Things Fall Apart a story about Okonkwo, a man who finds all his magic items breaking.

He also wrote Old Yeller: My Faithful Hound about the dog that he had to shoot as a child because it annoyingly began barking loudly whenever any Small or larger creature approached within 30 feet of it.

His bestseller is definitely George's Marvelous Mansion, a children's story about a young boy who seeks to cure his Grandma's grumpiness by making her an expensive mansion with unseen servants out of shampoo, sheep dip, curry powder, and other items. She brings a Bag of Holding into the mansion and disappears into the Astral Plane, complaining the whole time, and only George's mother is sad.


rycanada said:
That was Bigby, around when he researched Bigby's Groping Hand.

Little bit of spell creation trivia: Although many people think that Talk to the Hand was originally Bigby's Talk to the Hand, Bigby has never confirmed such.

joe b.


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They are also mentioned in the netbook of books.

The following used to be on the World of Greyhawk Fan Club site. I can't believe it's nowhere on the web anymore...

Great Library of Greyhawk

"Mordenkainen thinks of blueberries as food. He has written a 500 pp cookbook listing his favorite recipes, and spells, employing this blue food item. One of the premier ones is a recipe for blue-fin tuna. The Blue Bolts dish is rather shocking, though...."
Gary Gygax

"How to Stuff a Troll" by Count Reichart Petrides
"Demon Lover" by Iggwilv
"99 Ways to Create an Animus" by Ivid V
"My Oerth Days" by Pazrael
"Life in Dorakaa" by Earl Holmer of Walsworth
"Sea Princes My Princess" by Elder Brother Hammandaturian
"The Cup Making" by Al-Akbar
"Cheap Ways to Create Soul Objects" by Vecna
"My New Home: Oerth" by Elminster The Blue
"Really Gnarly Stories" by Ranger Rath
"How to Pack Properly" by Heward
"Living Life to The Fullest: The Golden Years" by Iuz The Old
"Finding Your Own Identity" by Kondadis Bubka
"A Circle Of Friends" by The Druid Sathra
"Seven Swords of Zagyg", by Gwenthar
"Ondahl's Odorium: A guide to the smells of creatures" by Ondahl Ohmassden.
"Journey of the Flea" by Nacciim Anduralls
"Not Just Silver and Glass: A Guide to Mirrors" by Aryn Colyr
"The Mirror Darkens" by Aryn Colyr - Murder mystery fiction involving a mirror of opposition.
"Reflections of a Broken Mirror" by Aryn Colyr
"The Glass Menagerie" by Aryn Colyr
"Threw the Looking Glass..." by Aryn Colyr
"Beat the Halfling Slowly" by Tammish "Grunts" Broken-Toe
"Days of Milk and Honey: Skrellingshald Folktales of the Griffs" by Jaem Woord
"Petal to the Metal: A Treatise on Poison Herbal Ungents for Bladed Weapons" by Baron Stark
"How to Murder Friends and Dominate People" by John Carnivogie
"Who's on First: Dopplegangers as Friends" by George XIII
"Effective Compassion" by Vlad T. Impaler
"Children are Goblins" by Zil Cozbi
"Bad Cuisine of the Flanaess" by Cannibal Hector
"The Idiot's Guide to Mass Destruction" by Euroz Horde
"Take Off to The Great North" by & Doug McEnze
"Don't Hate Me Bcause I'm Hideous" by Seahag Sally
"All The Illithid Ways" by L'Arrie Riven
"Giving Your Followers a Hand" by Vecna
"Eight is Enough" by Mordenkainen

"1001 Uses for Owlbear Teeth" by Kondradis Bubka
"50 Ways to Skin a Displacer Beast" by Grahluk Lemminkainen
"A History" by Coerlan Attlander
"A Lich in Time Slays Nine" by Acererak
"A Tiger Nomad Speaks Out: Don't Kill Your Mother" by Olav Timberlight
"A Tour of Dullstrand" by Roger Moorehouse
"Acererak: Demi-This!" by Azalin
"An Honest Traveler's Strange Tales of the South" by L. Marquel
"Ancient Cryptomancy" by Phandal
"Annals of the Family Vordav" by anonymous
"Arcane Manipulations of the Entourage" by Mage Otto
"Arcane Pussiance of Memory" by Archmage Rary of Ket
"Archery Tips for Children" by Hy Losenthal
"Art of Communications and Sigils" by Flamsterd
"Aspiring to Dragonhood: Confessions of A Pseudo-Dragon" by Carp
"Black Ice: Their Music and Their Story" by Elmostithus the Bard
"Blackmoor or Blackless - You Decide" by Celadon Winfiddle
"Blood: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore" by Jander Sunstar
"Brightening Up the Dim Forest" by Trustatha Selintri
"Canticle of the Blinding Light" by anonymous
"Cat Stories: Tiddles Bits" by Tobin
"Catalogue of Aerdi Sea Squids" by Lyne Fishcatcher
"Centaurs Are Hung Like Horses" by Chak Stronglegs
"Classifying Adri Forest Pine Cones" by Griffith Adarian
"Components and Reactions of Phosphorus" by Daern
"Confessions of a Drow Nanny" by Piper
"Confessions of a Furyondy Court Jester" by Nylie
"Cooking With Bat Guano" by Lance A. Boyle
"Cosmogony of Magnetic Fluids" by Archmage Mordenkainen
"Crabbing in Relmor Bay" by Galen Youngfoot
"Crystals - A Picture Book" by Elmo Firefreak
"Curative Music" by Mage Otto
"Dark Sides of the Memory" by Archmage Mordenkainen
"Deep Sea Fishing in the Aerdi" by Bocephus Bilgewater
"Demonology of the Savant" by Savant Iquander
"Disgusting Fruit of the Menowood Forest" by Asjak Illithidar
"Don't Believe Anyone from the Bluff Hills" by Penelopes Dracolia
"Doors and Passages of Arcane Worlds" by Lethchauntos
"Drow: Out of the Closet" by Prien Darkroots
"Dwarves Get No Respect" by Grym Rustkettle
"Efficient Uses of Dragon Ear Wax" by Ro 'Bear' Flintoc
"Encyclopaedia of the Non-Substances" by Asimak
"Epic Saga of Great Conjurers" by Falsely attributed to Mordenkainen
"Evolution of the Arcane Willpower" by Mage Tenser
"Extreme Powers of Observation" by Kwalish
"Eyes Vision and Arcane Sight" by Mage Alphon
"Fighting Techniques for Savage Coast Women" by Shal Brondolooglinkirda
"Fish of the Ritensa River" by Guilana Mortidus
"Flann-aerich'nyt" by anonymous
"Flowers of Kara-Tur" by Tabotan Lu-Che
"Fungus Types of the Udgru Forest" by Thobicus Sheerwind
"Gain Weight: An Effective High-Fat Diet" by Stubbs Trefaldar
"Giants: Just Big Egos" by Baxum Feggestahd
"Gnats of the Vast Swamp" by Codextra
"Gnomicspheris" by anonymous
"Gord's Gourd: A Musical Interlude" by Gord
"Gulf Fishing in the Densac" by Krote Whistlepoor
"Half-Dragons: Abominations or Saviors?" by Argentiferous Tesmarien
"Half-Orc Doesn't Mean Half-Brained" by Corbin Blackteeth
"Hiking in the Yatils" by Wynter Soakwood
"Hobbits Give Halflings a Good Name" by Tad Stinkyfeet
"House Lorinar: A Chronicle" by anonymous
"How a Changecat Can Change Your Life" by Tobin
"How Come There Are No Blue Foods?" by Philidor the Wizard
"How to Manage Effectively" by Ivid the Undying
"How to Trap & Sell Monsters" by Peg Leg Wilson
"How to Woo a Female Elf" by Salia Kindertree
"Humans As Food: Meals In Under an Hour" by Trafalga Skullcrusher
"I Couldn't Be More Tenser" by Tenser the Mage
"I Had Iuz's Baby" by Necrophidius Deathslayer
"I Suck You Suck" by Strahd Von Zarovich
"I'm Not Evil - Just Misunderstood" by IUZ the Old
"I've Got to Hand it to You" by Bigby
"I've Never Been to Perren Land" by Perren
"Ice Barbarians Are Nice Barbarians" by Gog Bearfodder
"Imaginary Landscapes" by anonymous
"Inexplicable Reflections" by Bucknard
"Interview With a Frost Barbarian" by Ig
"Irresistable Dance Steps" by Otto
"It's a Gnome's Life" by Ballistar Griffonkeeper
"Kara-Tur Oriental Massage" by Takai Chu-Li
"Kender Give Halflings a Bad Name" by Pawldo Fairheight
"Leatherworking in Veluna City" by Kalendra Pickaxe
"Legendary Phantoms and Ghosts" by Mage Evard
"Libram of the Great Paravisual Emanations" by Mage Nystul
"Life of Nature, Its Secrets" by Caligarde
"Like Yourself for Who You Are" by anonymous
"Lore of Subtle Communication" by Tasha
"Magic and Gardening" by Cathra Athlantar
"Magic Mouths Are a Public Nuisance" by Bixby Proudfeet
"Manual Powers Beyond the Life" by Bigby
"Martial Art - My Picture Book" by Le-Sin Chang
"Menowood Forest - Gender Biased?" by Daria Horsetrot
"Metallurgy in the Iron Hills" by Zyxnek Weldpoint
"Mushroom Recipes of the Hraak Forest" by Dolo Lightwind
"My Kingdom for a Kingdom" By Ivid the Undying
"My Life in the Rhennee Circus" by Seldon Kickbacker
"My Time With the Forlorn Forest Savages" by Bonyr Boyle
"My Trip to Onwal" by Rislone Pico
"Navigating the Icy Sea" by Dartanion Barkburr
"No Diving in the Nyr Dyv" by Ima Crank
"No Love for a Halfling Bard" by Pye Thickheel
"Nomads, Bandits, & Barbarians - Oh My!" by Dorothy Gail
"Occult Magnetism" by Archmage Nolzur
"Oerth: A Dying World" by Bral of the Rock
"On Fiends" by Selkoloth of Rauxes
"Only a Bitch Would Marry A Lich" by Vecna
"Onnwal:Offwall" by Humptee Dumti
"Outlaw Magic and Only Outlaws Will Have Magic" by Ming Fochu
"PAINS of the Paynims: Sightseeing Nightmares" by Zeif Wilderbeast
"Part Human Part Monster: A Mongrelman Tells All" by Click
"Phost - Just 'Nuther Wood" by Red Roshmoore
"Physiology and Medicine" by anonymous
"Poems of the Gnarley Forest Pixies" by Rhea Fealistanth
"Polish for the Sea of Dust" by Grimshaw Shackleford
"Pollution: Azure Sea Isn't so Azure Anymore" by Alemander Ironfist
"Prophetic Skies" by Selvor the Younger
"Psionic Your Way to Fitness" by Pazruki Homonculous
"Rafting Down the Fler River" by Chazz Demonslayer
"Rary A Moments Peace" by Nerof Gasgal
"Real Men Are Not Halflings" by Harper Firefoot
"Repitoire of Illustrious Conjurations" by Mage Drawmij
"Sea Sprite: The Uncola" by Nimbus Triharder
"Seven Skies of the Universe" by Casimur
"Shieldmaking Made Simple Volumes 1-14" by Poma Juggerat
"Sigil and Greyhawk - Similar Clothing" by Jallarzi
"Smashing Beetles in the Underdark" by Theophilus Cricketchirp
"Spelljamming: Safer Than Wagons" by Mizaab
"Spherogenisis of the Universes" by Mage Otiluke
"Subconscious Repercussions of Pyromancy" by Quall
"Sulphur Influence and Actions" by Arbane
"Sunbathing Tips From the Dry Steppes" by Copper Sundabar
"Suss Forest Sissies" by Chunk
"Teach Your Griffon to Sing" by Myromar Shadowhawk
"Tenser's Transformation: An Unauthorized Biography" by Rary
"The Beasts of Humanity" by anonymous
"The Book of Stone" by anonymous
"The Bright Dessert: Tasty Treats for After Dinner" by Raith Trademan
"The Chronicle of Secret Times" by Uhas of House Neheli
"The Companions of Chendl" by Keldreth Scaramanthelon
"The Death-Code of Eeas" by anonymous
"The Dragon-Scale Tome" by Timonas of Jalpa
"The Flaness Isn't Safe - Move to Greyspace" by Tavis Cartlifter
"The Forgotten Arts of Oratory Magnetism" by Mage Leomund
"The Grind of the Grinder: Is Greyspace Too Crowded?" by Kawabi
"The Harrowing of Ironnose" by Epic Poem
"The History of the Maure Lands" by anonymous
"The Magical Properties of Gemstones" by Mage Tenser
"The Magical Properties of Herbs and Flowers" by Mage Tenser
"The Metaphysics of Mathematics" by Mage Nystul
"The Multiple Applications of Perceptomancy" by Laeral
"The Natural World" by anonymous
"The Official History" by Uhas of House Neheli
"The Poems of Thalac Jiwo" by Thalac the Sighted
"The Scarlet Sisterhood: No Relation to the Brotherhood" by Selena
"The Transcendental Impenetrabilities" by Mage Leomund
"The True Relation of the Nyr Dyv and the Lands Surrounding" by Norfil van Defflitter
"Theocracy of the Suntanned" by Carl Grrz'zt
"Theories on Converging Transitions" by Lhegrand
"Theories on Perception" by Kuroth
"Theory of the Invisible Forces" by Archmage Tenser
"There Are No Gnats in the Gnat Marsh" by Pernelopes Dracolia
"There is No Honor Among Thieves" by Nefron Plescha
"Thesis on Conditional Ruptures" by Archveult
"Thesis on the Planes of Anti-Matter" by Archmage Leomund
"Travels of the Far Wanderer" by anonymous
"Treatise on the Practices of Hidden Ones" by Bishop Imphalas of Furyondy*
"Troll Fodder: One Man's Story" by Solarian
"True Account of the Great Almorian Campaign" by Five Volumes, Mage Threndus
"Wall Of Farce - A Joke Book" by Nylie Zinfan
"War and Pieces" by Aestrella Shanferal
"What Are You" by Zagyg (unintelligible gibberish
"What Makes the Great Kingdom So Great" by Brie Basiltoes
"What's In A Name?" by Dick Gayecox
"Whatever Happened to Asmodeus?" by Lord Kancethedrus Evilbane
"Where Have All the Monks Gone?" by Zoka
"Why Elves of the Vesve Have Prissy Names" by Kristophan Birdsong
"Why the Realms Should Be Forgotten" by Galeb Shackelrod
"Wild Coast - Wild Youth" by Trahan Dioterian
"Women as Demon Princes: The Glass Ceiling" by Rhinda Goldharp
"Woolly Bay / Woolly Mammoth - The Connection" by Pick Axethrower
"Wu Jen Near Whyestil Lake" by Askoro
"Ye Catalogue of Greyhawk Music" by Aestrella
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It seems most of them are on the level of the "movie titles" thread. Blatantly out-of-place in a setting that isn't parodic or comedic.

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