Expanded from the novella Scylla's Daughter (1961).
Lankhmar – the iniquitous home of all that is earthly and evil; peopled by bullies, pimps, whores, conmen, mountebanks, burglars, cutthroats, swindlers and assassins; where rats hide underground by day and emerge to kill by night. Lankhmar – where the two greatest heroes in the annals of fantasy first formed their formidable alliance.
Now, after their legendary adventures in the northern wastes and trips through space to distant worlds, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser are home again, looking forward to the easiest mission they have had in a decade. But Lankhmar is attacked by a weird horde of invaders – Mingols, a two-headed dragon and an army of miniature warriors – and the two swordsmen have to fight as never before to save the city and complete their mission.
Fritz Reuter Leiber, Jr. (1910–1992) was an American author of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. The son of a pair of Shakespearian actors, Leiber was also an actor, expert chess player, and champion fencer. Born in Chicago in 1910, Leiber spent his youth touring with his parents' theater company. He graduated with honors in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1932. Leiber married Jonquil Stephens in 1936. In 1938, their son Justin was born. After Jonquil's death in 1969, Fritz Leiber moved to San Francisco, where he died on September 5, 1992.
Fritz Leiber's formative sword-and-sorcery story, "Two Sought Adventure," was published in Unknown magazine in 1939. Subsequent stories and novels would
Lankhmar :: SeriesThese are probably the best known stories that Fritz Leiber wrote spanning 50 years of his life. The first appeared in Unknown Magazine around 1940 and the last installment appeared in The Knight and Knave of Swords around 1990. The stories follow the various adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, two characters created by Fritz and his friend Harry Fischer.
Also known as the Swords Series.