Dragonlance

Cover of Hourglass MageThe Dragonlance Saga was the first joint effort of Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman — and remains our most popular work to date.

FAQ:

Where did it all start?

That is a long story …
The first thing to recognize is that history, even when written contemporaniously, is a dubious thing. People have different perspectives and their own memories play tricks with them. There have been a number of published histories about how Dragonlance came to be. Those histories were written from the perspective of their authors, and each of those have their own slant. I can’t say that my perspective is any better than anyone elses (although Dragonlance started with me and I was there for all of it), and I, too, probably have my own slant that comes into my view as well. All I can do is add my perspective and hope that the truth lies somewhere between all the different views.
I first conceived Dragonlance in 1979. I was working as a movie theater manager in Logan, Utah and pretty much starving to death with my pregnant wife and first child. There, to comfort myself and my wife, I created a world where men rode dragons into a tremendous war. It wasn’t much more than a concept then.
My job vanished and there was no prospect of local work. In an effort — literally — to buy shoes for my children, I sent two game modules my wife and I had designed to TSR , Inc. in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I had heard that they might pay as much as $500 for such things.
They offered me a job instead.

While driving my family across the country to Wisconsin — somewhere in Iowa, I believe — I began rehearsing to Laura what I might create for this company that had thrown us a life preserver in the midst of our despair. It was then that the world which would one day become Dragonlance started to take form. What I envisioned that day would certainly change considerably over the years, due to the contributions and creativity of a great many people — but that is where it all began.

Who is your favorite character?
As Margaret says, that’s like asking which of your children is your favorite: they all are loved. Still, each holds its own place in my heart — and I’ll admit to some bias.
I have often said that Sturm is who I want to be; that Tanis is more like me; and that I come across more like Fizban the Fabulous. I also must admit to something of a Kender spirit in me as well.
As to Raistlin — he’s all Margaret’s and don’t let anyone else tell you differently.

What is the philosophy behind Dragonlance?

Dragonlance was originally envisioned with a very specific philosophy which became a standard against which all character actions and plot structures — both in the novels and the games — were to follow. This philosophy is best pictured as a triangle of three points equidistant from each other witha fourth point suspended in the middle of the other three.

Dragonlance Illo #1

While the outter points are seen as somewhat immutable and stationary, the center point constantly swings between the other three.

Dragonlance Illo #2
It is the motion of point D between points A, B, and C that gives motion and life to the structure.
This basic structure, then, is found at a variety of levels throughout the story. At it’s grandest scale, the points on the illustration represent the following elements: (A) Good; (B) Evil, (C) Chaos, and (D) the will of humanity to choose for themselves. Man’s agency of choice is then seen as the motion which drives the universe of Krynn.
At the next level of scale, this structure represents the following elements: (A) The Solamnic Knights and their forces; (B) the Dragonarmies of Takhisis and her Highlords; (C) the world of Krynn in general and it’s population and (D) the heros of the tale whose choices can swing the balance between these points.
At the most intimate level, the points represent the following: (A) Laurana; (B) Kitiara, (C) the other characters and the demands of the world, and (D) Tanis whose choice between those three points determines his fate and the fate of the world in general.
I believe that it was this foundational structure which made much of our Dragonlance works so successful and well received early on. While Margaret and I still envision the world in these terms, we cannot answer for others who have written about the world of Krynn.

How much control do you have over the world?

None. Zip. Zilch. Dragonlance(r) is a trademark of TSR, Inc. (Now Wizards of the Coast, a division of Hasbro, Inc.) and is used here without their permission. They own it. We don’t. It was part of the bargain we agreed to when we signed on for this journey — it was part of the dues we had to pay along the way.
At best, we exert influence over the world, but certainly not control. Recently, however, events have allowed us to have a much more extensive influence that before. With the new Dragonlance novel coming out early in the year 2000, and with our consulting arrangement with TSR now in place, we have the opportunity to influence the world as never before. This is, we gratefully acknowledge, due to the new TSR and their recognition of our past contributions to the world of Krynn.
We are now a peripheral part of the Dragonlance Team at TSR, with whom we consult regularly and work in partnership to create a better Krynn.

Do you make a living off of all this Dragonlance stuff?

Wizards of the Coast, as above, owns all the rights. We make no money off the modules or products which do not directly bare our name. We do get royalties from our books — again, that was all part of the dues we paid when we signed on for this.

Who came up with the Kender?

Kender are a joint creation to a certain extent. Harold Johnson initially thought of them as Hobbits with shoes. I added their ‘borrowing’ lust as a way around the moral dilema of thieves in my games. However, the fullest measure of credit must belong to Roger Moore who did more to define the Kender by far than anyone else. It’s mostly his fault. Find him and have him explain it.

Who came up with Raistlin?

Raistlin simply appeared during an early playtest session of the first Dragonlance module at my apartment in Lake Geneva. Terry Phillips, a good friend of mine, was playing Raist that night in the game and pulled out all the stops, creating the character fully realized before us. To this day, Margaret remembers Terry as wearing black robes that night — which, I know for a fact, he was not.
After that — well, Raistlin belongs to Margaret. I wouldn’t dare presume upon that and you would be well advised not to do so as well!

Are you going to write any more Dragonlance?

Only time, I believe, will tell whether there will be any further Dragonlance books by Weis and Hickman or not. There currently are no plans for such a thing.

Will there be any more Weis/Hickman Dragonlance Novels?

At the present time, Margaret and I are pursuing different projects. As with the above answer, only time will tell when we will be working together again. We remain good friends and still enjoy working with each other. It is just a matter of the right story for us to tell.

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69 thoughts on “Dragonlance

  1. Hi Tracy I have read almost all your books and i feel there is a few books that i think will turn into an amazing movies I think all the books that have Raistlin in them. those are my favorite books

  2. I just read War of Souls after being away from Dragonlance for 20 years and I was excited to return to Krynn and the incredible writing of Weiss & Hickman.

    I hope the Dragonlance world comes to life again soon…

  3. Dave Thorn says:

    Just a quickie,,,,the Fifth Age SUCKS!!!!
    Yes, I have read the War of Souls and Amber trilogies (Amber being extremely good, more of a return to the ‘old’ writing style), even though it was very hard going, and I HATE what TSR have done to Krynn!

    Time for a reset.

    Tasslehoff still has the Device of Time Journeying…….maybe he ‘meant’ to return and be crushed under the foot of Chaos, but the lure of actually speaking at Caramon’s funeral (which he arrived too late for the first time) proved too strong????

  4. steven stoneman says:

    i was wondering what the name of the first dragonlance book is. you have so many book 1′s but they r in different parts of the story line. i want to know how every body met and what their first adventure was. if you could send me an email with the answer that would be appreciated.

  5. Is there going to be another animated movie made to the dragonlance series? I really like the first one and can’t wait for the next one to be made.

  6. Just wanted to say that I really enjoy your Dragonlance books.

  7. Can you tell us more about how Takhisis was created? Did you come up with the name? Was it intentional to have ‘Isis’ in Her name or just coincidence? thanks,………..Hail Takhisis!!

  8. This would seemingly make a very cool video game.

  9. At the age of 18 I started working for a daycare and the first 2 hours of my shift there consisted of nap time. I needed to find something quite to do to pass the time and not disturb the kids so I decided I would pick up reading. I had read a few books here or there but never really gotten into them much. So I went to my grandmother who had acquired a large box of books from a yard sale and shoved them under her bed. I rummaged through mass amounts of Harlequin novels and found one book that wasn’t . The book was in pretty rough condition but it was called Dragons of Autumn Twilight. I figured it had to be better than the rest of the stuff in there so I took it with me. The next day at work I started reading and from the first page I was consumed. I had never had anything spark my interest or give me such great delight as the words I was reading . I read with every bit of spare time I had , each week getting a new book. It was like I couldn’t feed the fire fast enough. That was 8 years ago and I still love that book dearly and credit it a lot for making me who I am this day. I never realized the impact literature could make on a person until I found myself daydreaming about Krynn and the characters in it. I even managed to get my sister hooked with me. I just wanted to say thank you for the brilliant books in the Dragonlance series , it has really made a huge difference in my life and I am looking forward to my son and daughter getting old enough to read so we can share them together.

  10. Hello sir,
    I somehow found my way to your website and after reading all the coments about the first time so I figured I’d add my own.
    As a child i was always a big reader and my mother always bought me new books to read from our schools book club. My grandmother is probably the person I inherited my love of reading from as she probably reads about 3 -4 books a week
    I had never really read fantasy novels per se but was interested in the genre from what I read in comic books, so one day, when I was 14 my grannie brought me to our local book store and told me to pick out a book I liked so the book I decided on was dragons of winter night. And I picked it solely on the artwork. After I started reading it I realized I had no idea what was going on so i realized I had to buy the first one and from there I’ve never looked back.
    I’m 31 now and I own every single novel from the dragonlance series and I’ve enjoyed most of the novels in the series (especially the historical novels as I’m a history buff as well) I’m disappointed that they have ceased producing novels as I felt they were heading in the right direction again. Hopefully they realize that dragonlance cannot exist without Weis and Hickman and they beg for you to write another trilogy for the series. ( mind you knaak, niles and others have done wonderfully expanding what we know about the world of dragonlance)

    Sincerely,

    Travis etienne

  11. Andrew carney says:

    Strange question perhaps but I play d&d and love bards, is there a dragonlance book with a main bard character?

  12. Hi Mr. Hickman, I’ve been collecting dragonlance since ’89, even “borrowing” from the local library to add to my collection. I’m 34 and have 2 sons who, when old enough, will be able to read my 169 dragonlance book collection. I appreciate your work and really hope they come out with new releases to tie up some loose ends! The series was a stroke of genius and it would tear my soul asunder for it to end like this! I must now go to watch monday night football, I need the packers to win.

    Take care,
    Gil

    • Wow! You have 169 Dragonlance books?! That is so amazing. I am only 14 and I started my collection this summer. Right now I have about 25 books. Can you tell me about any of the ‘Must Have’ books that I should get for my personal collection?

  13. I commend you on writing another trilogy set with Margaret Weis about the Companions(although the new trilogies are “filler” stories to fill up the gaps in between each of the original series) and it’s nice to read about Raistlin again. Will there be a possibility of Raistlin coming back as a god or something. I admit I am not impressed on the 2nd generation books.

  14. Ive been reading and collecting DragonLance books for the past 12 years and than there are no more new books!! Will there be new books coming out in 2012 or at all?

  15. i love the dragonlance novels and i want my 15 month baby daughter to read them when he gets older. i have introduced dragonlance to my older sister and she enjoys reading it. but i think whoever made the dragonlance movie has got it all wrong and really needs to read the plot of the book, eventhough i really hated the movie i still love the books.

  16. phil martinez says:

    Tracy…

    As many before me, I too have a story as to how Dragonlance started for me. I was 11 years old when I first read Dragons of Autumn Twilight. It was 1984 and I was in my parent’s van on our way to Rhode Island to the beach. It was the first book I can remember reading not for school. I admit that the Hobbit was my first book in this style, but Dragonlance won me over in the first two pages.

    Your ability to describe characters is amazing. I still feel like I “know” Tanis, Tas, Flint, as if they are old friends. For a project in 7th grade I wrote out all of Raistlin’s spells in a paper. I admit, shhhh, that I may have tried to “cast” them too when I was a kid… Who wouldn’t??

    Thank you for allowing me to grow up with your world. 140 something books later and I still can remember forgoing the water to read a few more pages on that beach. Really, honestly, the only words I have for you and Margaret are “Thank you for sharing with me”

  17. daniel pocock says:

    I bought and read the Dragonlance series when they first came out. Now I am forty and have read the series every year since I first got them.Your books are truly timeless pieces of literary art.

  18. Shane of Australia says:

    I’m a 38 y old farther of 2.First read the dragone lance series 22years ago. My 10 year old son is reading the same books now.He’s constantly asking questions about the characters and there adventures.The death gate is the next series he want’s to read.It brings back fond memories of these books.

    Thanks to you and Margaret for creating such awesome worlds i can share with my children.

    • Thank you. It means a great deal to me to hear you say that … especially now as I find myself in a bit of a battle with others concerning that very concept.

  19. The biggest and only question i really have is what ever happened to raistlin….?At the end of the chaos war he isnt dead…And then the dark queen eventually dies so shouldnt he have his magic back and be free from the endless torture that was bein inflicted on him?

  20. Heidi Peltier says:

    I LOVE Raistlin. He is by far my favorite of ALL the characteres. I have been Dragonlance and D&D seems like forever and I have played my version of Raistlin. In my mind it would not be Krynn without The Master of Past and Present.

  21. Mark J Holland says:

    Where to begin…

    In a Galaxy Far, Far Aw…err, that may be copyrighted. So, let me just say thank you for all the memories, and moments lost in colorful tales, familiar characters, and adventures that you, Margaret and the rest of the fine bards have allowed me to discover.
    Like so many that have commented, I have spent the better part of thirty years ensorcelled, entranced, and happily walking beside the various characters that make up the Dragonlance saga.

    I would like to share my own early beginnings briefly with you.

    It starts with a librarian in my Elementary school years suggesting that a book I had picked up; “Dragons of Autumn Twilight”, was beyond my reading level at the age of 8. I had scoured the library finding all the usual children’s stories and colorful picture books, along with a smattering of atlas’ and dictionaries. All of which were wholly lost on me. Then I spotted a dog eared paperback cast aside on one of the large community reading tables. I was caught by the striking colors and characters enblazoned on the cover illustrations. I opened the book to one of many of the previously marked pages and began scanning some of the text. Before I knew i,t I had read nearly a full chapter and knew I had to have this book. The rest as they say is HisStory.
    I never forgot my early introduction to Dragonlance, or my introduction to D&D as a completely knew way of looking at fantasy and daydreams. Atctually when asked why I still collect and read fantasy at nearly 40 years of age, I simply reply “The more I see of presented reality, the more I choose fantasy as a means to escape it!”.
    All in all, I have collected a sizeable collection; much to the amuzement and strange looks of both family and friends alike. I am often amazed at how just picking up a given novel will cause me to immediately flash back to that period in my life when I was reading that novel. Sights, smells, memories both good and bad; depending on the circumstances, but all vivid none the less.
    It has been one of the greatest pleasures to feel I have been able to journey with all the familiar characters over the years and hope to continue to do so for a great many more.
    Thank you again for all that you; and your fellow bards have offered and continue to through your stories.

    Sincerely,

    Mark J Holland
    Nova Scotia, Canada

  22. Really wish you guys could get this into a movie not just an animation!

    • Joseph La Russa says:

      I agree with this statement. I’ve recently watched the animated version of Dragons of Autumn Twilight. I found it to be a poor movie with the mix of animation and the 3D draconians, but I felt it kept true to the story, despite the events that they left out (the white stag, Tanis’s famous line “We’ll go out through the kitchen.” and the Khisanth’s original attack on the companions to name a few). Despite the flaws in the movie, I enjoyed it thoroughly because of my deep, albeit young, love for the series and the characters. I wish that there would be a live action version of the book made at some point (soon), with the right cast that remains true to the characters and follows the novel more closely.

  23. Neil Dreger says:

    Dear Mr Hickman I find myself having to write you as I reread the Chronicles for the 5th? 6th? time. I am 32 and have been reading these novels for over half my life. I am a fan of the whole fantasy genre but few write depth of character that you do, and none have ever made me cry over the death of a character. Flints death is one of the saddest things I have read, I don’t know if I mourn more for the death of Flint, or for the impact it has on Tas. Everytime I read that section I find myself tearing up, getting tight in the throat, and having to stop before I can continue on.
    I am on my second set of the books, lending my first set to my daughter and never able to get them back.
    Words can’t express the emotions I have felt reading your books, or the joy I have had in being lost in your books for hours. I don’t know which of the companions I would want to be if I could have been in their shoes, you write more strength into them than I have, and more pain than anyone should have to bear.

    Thank you so much!
    Neil Dreger

    ps Fizban is the best.

  24. As the gentleman before me, I began the trip to Krynn and surrounding areas at the young, young age of 12, using my inerited TSR AD&D books from the 70s to get there. Fast forward some 20+ years, and it has become even more my escape…my cone of silence. As I open any of a number of your works, my mind eases and tensions washes away. As a brewer/microbrew connoiseur, everytime I find myself in an old, wooden, homestyle pub, I always think to myself, “I wonder what Flint would have to say about this…”

    It seems preposterous that such fantasy works would affect one as old as myself, but as I remind my wife, as to why I like them, “The more I know of reality, the more I favor fiction”…and yours, Mr Hickman, trumps all, in my humble opinion.

    Thank you for taking up the pen, thank you for writing the words, thank you for breathing life into these characters…your work means more to some of us than you could ever know. Here’s hoping I can shake your hand one day and thank you in person. Till then…thanks.

    SR

  25. Hi Tracey,

    I love all of your books that you have collaborated with Margaret Weis. I think DragonLance Chronicles & Legends are my favourite books of all time. I think I reread them at least 4 or 5x since it first came out in 1984. I know own them on my Kindle and rereading them again (minus Legends currently not out yet, please come out!! ). I find that the attention to the “heroes” flaws, prejudices and interaction within the party and the world is what pulls me back each time. When you first wrote the books, was there a reason why you didn’t write about the missing elements that are now the Lost Chronicles? I thought it was ingenious that you didn’t have to explain everything that the character’s did to further the storyline othewise it would feel like rereading the histories written by Astinus. : P

  26. I’ve owned a few DragonLance novels, and I just recently bought the Legends Trilogy and I love it. ^_^ The DragonLance novels are amazing, and I was wondering; is the DragonLance franchise done? I mean, there haven’t been any new novels announced in awhile, and I’m hoping that someone will write a new one soon. So if you can give me any information on that, I’d be grateful. Thanks. :)

    • Dragonlance is owned by Wizards of the Coast … whether there are more novels or no is entirely up to them. I have a trilogy I’d like to write…

      • Alright, thanks for replying. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you; but I would love to see another DragonLance trilogy from you, so I hope you get a chance to write it. Your novels would make excellent movies as well.

  27. Im not a writer by any means so forgive my lack of grammar anyways the first trilogy i read was war of the lance funny place to start off right that being said do you have a recommend reading list that would encompass the entire dragonlance series

  28. Darren Burnett says:

    Hi Tracy,
    One of my fondest memories of my teen years is discovering the original Dragonlance trilogy. These were the first books that were so good I devoured them each in one sitting. My love of this amazing trilogy is probably very similar to my daughter’s love of the Harry Potter series.
    So I wanted to thank you for writing Dragonlance: The Lost Chronicles. As a 40-year-old, reading these books has been a great joy – and a rare chance to revisit at least some of my childhood.
    I have enjoyed revisiting my old Dragonlance friends – the first and greatest group of Dragonlance heroes – and this is one of very few occasions when the reunion matched the magic of the original memory.
    Thank you for these wonderful books.

    Regards

    Darren Burnett
    Australia

  29. I was wondering how I can find either a CD set of the Dragonlance series, yep the whole thing if that is even possible or even mp3 version. I have been looking everywhere and come up empty handed. My husband introduced me to them and now I am hooked. I was only able to locate the origional 3 Autumn, winter, and spring on audio cassette which someone had digitized to mp3 but have not been able to find anymore. Please help I hope there is a way to find the rest, like I said I am hooked!

  30. I have been reading your books over the years and to this day just looking over the website and seeing the familiar names of characters and places still brings and ear to ear smile to my face. Thank you for this world.

  31. I would just like to thank you for all your great works they have been great companions during some of the bleaker moments in my life and made me smile with nothing else could. I have been a huge fan since 1999 when I read deathgate cycle, it prolly my favorite. It was nice to be able to share your works with people that don’t really read much and have them wanting to borrow everything by you. I have yet to have anyone not enjoy your books. Keep up the good work and thanks for the early copy of dragons of a lost star, I bought it here, I finished it in three days.

    Is the Rose of the Prothet trilogy out of print I have the first book can’t find rest?
    Sorry about errors I’m using itouch

  32. Matthew McIntyre says:

    Dear Mr Hickman, I would like to say thank you, to yourself and Margaret Weis.

    I am 22 years old, having nearly finished the Dragonlance set (Autumn Twilight -> Vanished Moon), but I first picked up one of your books when I was 10, it was one of the original copies (i note this by the cover art i remember vividly) of Dragons of Winter Night, having picked up an adventure in the works I was already enthralled by the story, and I read and re-read the book until it nearly fell apart, until late 2010 I had not pursued obtaining the rest of the series, but I am proud to say, as of Jan 1st 2011, I am the proud owner of Autumn Twilight through Vanished Moon, I have for a long time desired to finish the series I began as a child, and I am pleased to say… you have not let me down, as a child I giggled or laughed when I caught a joke, or even a sinister chuckle when I sensed a game afoot, but even now, when raistlin pulls an underhanded move, I cannot help but give a grin and chuckle, it’s been hard to find a book to move me, so I thank you.

    I must admit, I have seen quite a few people tell that Raistlin has been somewhat of an idol or has touched their lives in a way, but I will share another portent, one I for which I give you my greatest regards; When I began reading the DragonLance series, I did, as with all readers, atune to the main characters, and notice the likenesses within each as within myself, but, it was Raistlin that surprised me the most, for every moment I spent looking through his Hourglass eyes, I saw the world much as I see it with my own eyes, and -chuckles- it was as if your books told the story of my life, a life of misunderstanding, desire of power, trials and at last, death. I’ve seen Raistlins ambition, to become a god, which in my D&D games, has been my greatest weakness… always of Chaotic-Lawful Evil alignment, I’ve surpassed most other characters and built myself to lesser/demi-god status (to which I have always paid for with death), much to our DM’s despair.

    I thank you Sir. Hickman and Lady Weis, for allowing me to see my life in a book, pride is a terrible thing for those who do not aknowledge it. As one said before, you are as the gods of Krynn, Fizban the Fabulous and Mishakal the Blue Lady in my eyes, for the wonderful adventures, I thank you again.

  33. mr hickman….as said by many others i would like to thank u and mrs. weiss for creating such an awsome series and to date own roughly 50 some of the series novels…as well as some other series….i totally owe my imagination to u both…when i discovered dragonlance it was a very difficult time in my life and u both gave me a means of escape from my horror of a childhood and if not for u both i would have been a very serious and dour person…but have learned to view the world as kender do…a very excitiong and joyful experience.thank u both for giving me a means to enjoy my time alone<3 love u guys…ty sincerely john marich

  34. I started reading Dragonlance about a year ago. I have read Autumn Twilight after my Dad finished it and I’m currently and almost done with Winter Night. I love Tas!

    Thanks to you and Margaret for creating such an awesome world!

  35. I have met television stars, politicians and local heroes in my life and I can safely say I’ve never been all that starstruck by any of them. But meeting Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman for the first time at Gen Con one year in Milwaukee struck me near speechless and what I could manage to say came out of my mouth like I was an idiot. lol. I first journeyed to Krynn in Junior High at the tender age of 13. 20 plus years later my love for their books is unparalleled. Thank you so much for the gift that you’ve given all of us.

  36. I started reading DL in high school in 2006 when i was 17. Ever book has been amazing! Like most people, these novels have touched me deeply, and have inspired me to become a writer as well. Thank you, Margaret Weis and everyone for your terrific stories.

    Thanks again.

  37. Thank you mr hickman, in my eyes you are gods who have come down to humanity and gave us light. there is no words to describe the feelings that these books inspire, especially in dark moments of my life, they helped to uplift my spirit with the most “kender” of humors. I can literally say that without them i would have probably lost my mind. When i had nothing else i had the fantasty of dragonlance to keep my thoughts occupied and my spirits high. I would hope that you and margaret should have stayed married as a perfect union of creative gods but such is life

  38. I’ll tell you right now i love all the books but the mage has got my favirite character vote forsure, ruthless to a fault but with a soft spot you guys did a great job with him as well as all the characters… i can tell you love them all as much as I do thanks 4 keeping the story alive…

  39. First off, LOVE the original characters and series. My best friend got me started on them in high school and have always had a place in my heart for them. I know it’s almost sacrilege to say, but I enjoyed them more than Tolken’s Hobbit/Rings… that’s about as high of praise as I can give. I’ve given them as gifts to my nieces and nephews and I know they enjoyed them as much as I did.

    So, here are the questions… 1) Any plans for getting them out with a good narrator in audio-book format? 2) As successful as a lot of fantasy stories have become, when can we expect to see our favorite characters on the big screen? (Yes, I’m serious… it would be a GREAT project after Jackson releases The Hobbit movies.)

  40. Keith Young says:

    I have purchased and read the third book of the Lost Chronicles because I thought that it was indeed the work of Weis and Hickman.

    I am disappointed. Something was wrong. Raistlin and Kitiara are incredibly simplified in this book. Their individual strengths and personalities were different in this book than in all of the other Dragonlance novels.

    Also there were many details changed in this book. According to the original Chronicles, Tanis had NOT shaved his beard and he did NOT receive his sword from Alhana. The sword which was caleld Wyrmslayer, NOT Wyrmsbane, which was left in the chest at the foot of the bed of the Speaker of the Sun in the exile location of the Qualinesti Elves.

    I have enjoyed the Dragonlance stories for so many years. This will probably be the only book that I will not reread or recommend.

  41. Keith Young says:

    I am most pleased to hear that _Dragons_of_the_Hourglass_Mage_, which is currently available, is indeed your work. I was concerned with the issues surrounding its delay.
    History: I was introduced to Krynn before the first trilogy was published. I read short stories in “Dragon” magazine regarding the main characters Tasslehoff and the Majere brothers (late 1980s?). I excitedly awaited the Chronicles.
    One of my favourite features is the Dungeons & Dragons connection. Having played D&D in the 70s & 80s, I recognized so many details, especially the roles of Tiamat and Bahamut.
    Thank you for decades of entertainment.
    Keith

  42. Mikkel Rasmussen says:

    Dear Mr. Hickman.
    I’ve only read about 120 pages of Dragons of Autumn Twilight, but all ready a big fan :). Love the Dragonlance-univers, the characters…oh, man!

    I only (so far) got three books (Dragonlance Chronicles Trilogy Gift Set). When I have read these three books, what would you recommend me to read next?

    Looking forward to spend a lot of hours in this great Drangonlance-world.

    Alle the best to you and your family.

    Best regards
    Mikkel Rasmussen, Denmark

    PS:
    You got’ta love Flint:
    “Flint sat back down on the stone and began to carve once more. He scowled up at Tanis. ‘Why the beard? You were ugly enough.”
    Love the humor :D

  43. I think a lot of books from this series may be a great series. Many fans are also thought to be no chance of failure of this construction. Please evaluate this possibility, and you would like to review this project from you.

    A final note: We will continue to take an e-mail on this topic.

  44. Dear Tracy,

    First of all, I must say apologize for my English, because I am from Czech Republic. But I hope that you will understand what I mean.

    I am a very big fan of DragonLance. For the first time I read DragonLance in 2001 when I was 17. Dragons of Winter Night is the most favourite book in the world for me. I laid in hospital and I was waiting for the operation. All days in hospital I just read Dragons of Winter Night and I “fell in love” with DragonLance.

    From this time I read DragonLance repeatedly. And when I am sad, I begin to read about Sturm, Tanis, Tass, Flint and the others and it helps me. They are like my family to me.

    What does DragonLance mean for me? DragonLance changed my life.DragonLance showed me how to be better person and I try to be better person every day. And I am very proud that I can discover the magic of Krynn.

    I want to thank you and Margaret and I will look forward to other new tales from DragonLance:-) !!

  45. My sister introduced me to the Dragonlance series almost 10 years ago, and I’m still a huge fan. I was recently drawn back to Krynn when I bought Dragons of Dwarven Depths. I bought the other two books in the series shortly after.
    My sister and I actually make time in our schedules to read chapters out loud (I read faster so it’s all done by me now to be able to see what happens next quicker) and we are really enjoying reuniting with all the companions. Thank you and Ms. Weis for the wonderful stories you’ve created.

  46. First of all, I just want to say that I am a longtime citizen of Krynn, over a decade. I started(oddly enough) with “Dragons of Spring Dawning” and then started from the beginning. I stumbled onto Ansalon by accident,and what a happy accident it was! To “meet” people like Tanis, Sturm, the Majere twins, Laurana, Flint, and Tas was an honor.

    I felt that I related more to Tanis. He was more, for lack of a better term, human than the rest. He had flaws, comparable flaws. I loved Tanis. He was my favorite character until “War of Souls” came out, and now Gerard Uth Mondar is my favorite.

    As I read the Chronicles Trilogy more and more(at least once a year since 1998), the more I realize they are arguably some of the best books ever written. There’s always something, even to this day, that I miss. It’s like finding a steel piece while looking for Fizban’s hat!

    Reading the Chronicles, Legends, and many of the following trilogies and works helped me through many tough personal times, and I can’t thank you, and Margaret, enough.

    Thank you for all your hard work, Tracy.

    Lifelong citizen of Krynn,
    Marty

  47. Matthew L. Martin says:

    Correction: Chronicles is set for July.

  48. Matthew L. Martin says:

    To answer Jamie’s question, it appears that WotC has no plans to do anything new with Dragonlance in the near future. They are republishing several series in Omnibus editions, however–Chronicles will be out this June, The War of Souls in November, and Jean Rabe’s Stonetellers Trilogy next January.

    (And Tracy, thanks again for the opportunity to contribute to the DoaVM Appendix.)

  49. I’m up to date on all of the Dragonlance books. Do you know of any others comming out? I went to wizards web site and I havent seen any Dragonlance books for the rest of the year, kind of getting itchy feet here, surely there must be something out there at least in 2010.

  50. The Dragonlance books are the main reason I want to be a fantasy writer today. Thank you for turning me into a huge fantasy geek. I had to read the end of Spring Dawning about three times before I could believe Fizban was a god and then a felt like an idiot for not guessing it sooner. Anyway I was wondering how do you come up with the names for your characters? Is there a reason why Laurana is called Laurana and Raistlin called Raislin? Also were any scenes in the series difficult to write (Like characters deaths)?

  51. Jess Jalufka says:

    I know you get this quite often..as the above suggests..but thank you simply for not being afraid to throw your vision out there in what has become DragonLance. I can directly relate my picking up the first novel to my being here at Duke University as a first generation college student 7 years later. I am now currently *attempting* to discover why it is there is a lack of scholarly discussion concerning DragonLance by usage of rhetorical analysis. I was wondering, as my research continues, if when y’all wrote the books there was a certain motivation/message that the two of you were working with.
    Of course, if you’d like to remain ambiguous [I know I certainly wouldn't want people picking apart my novels] I completely understand.
    Good luck with you current projects!

  52. First off Raistlin changed my life. I’m sure you hear it all the time but I was a Flint fan until his demise. From that point on I connected with the small sly acts/remarks of Raist. I finished Hourglass immediately upon recieving it. Just curious your name is on it but a fellow Lance fan says you had no part in it. After arguing that the writing fits he swears you posted on here you did not write it? Could you elaborate for me.

    And just off the top of my head I have been reading The Enduring Flame Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory and it is amazing curious who your favorite author would be.

    • Just curious your name is on it but a fellow Lance fan says you had no part in it. After arguing that the writing fits he swears you posted on here you did not write it? Could you elaborate for me.

      This confusion may stem from the fact that at one time Wizards of the Coast actually canceled “Dragons of an Hourglass Mage” precipitating something of a skirmish online between myself and the publisher. After all the dust settled, however, it worked out well and the book was finally produced … and, yes, I did, indeed, take part in it. As with all Weis and Hickman Dragonlance books to date, Margaret did the actual writing of the text — but this is in large part for consistency of the very ‘voice’ of the writing that you are referring to in your post.

      curious who your favorite author would be.

      That’s a tougher question! I read a great many different authors but I still have to say my favorite is a Canadian Author from the turn of the LAST century … Stephen Leacock. I find his writing inspiring.

  53. Derek Young says:

    I’m really looking forward to reading more of your work. Margaret Weis and yourself created such a fantastic world. I have been reading Dragonlance since i was 13 now being 20. You influenced me to write. Thank you

  54. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your Dragonlance novels. I was in high school at the time and instantly fell in love with the world of Krynn. Thanks to you and Margaret Weis for bringing to life such a wonderful series. I’m really looking forward to your newest projects!

  55. I was wondering, do you guys ever plan to maybe work on a world of your own? Maybe not a game in itself aka AD&D but maybe start writing on a brand new world with an all new cast of heros?

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