Robin Hobb

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Robin Hobb
Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden, also known as Megan Lindholm and Robin Hobb
Hobb at the Trolls & Legends festival in Mons, Belgium in April 2011
Born Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden
(1952-03-05) March 5, 1952 (age 62)
Berkeley, California, US
Pen name Robin Hobb, Megan Lindholm
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 1983–present
Genre Fantasy fiction
Notable works Assassin's Apprentice
Royal Assassin
Assassin's Quest

Robin Hobb is the second pen name of American author Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden (born March 5, 1952). She is best known for the books taking place in the Realm of the Elderlings, which started in 1995 with the publication of Assassin's Apprentice, the first book in the Farseer trilogy.


Ogden was born in Berkeley, California, in 1952,[1] but grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska.[2][unreliable source?] After graduating from Austin E. Lathrop High School, she studied at Denver University for a year and then returned to Alaska. At eighteen, she married Fred Ogden and they returned to his home town, Kodiak, an island in south-central Alaska. It was at this time that she sold her first short story, and began a career writing for children's magazines. Her short fiction for children appeared in magazines such as Humpty Dumpty and Highlights for Children. She also composed educational material, short works of fiction created to a very specific vocabulary list. These were used in SRA's programmed reading material. In 1980, she was awarded an Alaska State Council of the Arts prize for her short story, "The Poaching". Her reading enjoyment of fantasy and science fiction led her to writing in the genre. She published a number of short stories in fanzines such as Space and Time (edited by Gordon Linzner) before her first professional fantasy sale. "Bones for Dulath" in Amazons! was the first piece of fantasy that she published as Megan Lindholm.[3] The anthology was published by Daw, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, and won a World Fantasy Award for Year's Best Anthology. This was the first published tale about her two popular characters, Ki and Vandien. A second story featuring them, "The Small One" was published in Fantastic Stories in 1980, Vol.27, #11. In 1982, she sold her first novel, Harpy's Flight to Terry Windling at Ace Publishing. This was to launch her career as a novelist. As Megan Lindholm, her works have been finalists for both the Nebula and the Hugo awards. Her books have been praised by Orson Scott Card. Card has stated that she "arguably set the standard for the modern serious fantasy novel."[4] George R.R. Martin has praised her work : 'In today's crowded fantasy market Robin Hobb's books are like diamonds in a sea of zircons.'

She was a Guest of Honour at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, which was held from 14 to 18 August 2014.


From 1983 to 1992, she wrote exclusively under the pseudonym Megan Lindholm. Fiction under that name spans several slices of the fantasy genre, from fantasy adventure (The Ki and Vandien tales) to urban fantasy (Wizard of the Pigeons.) In 1995, she began use of the pseudonym Robin Hobb for works of epic traditional fantasy. She currently publishes under both names, and lives in Tacoma, Washington. As of 2003 she had sold over 1 million copies of her first nine Robin Hobb novels.[5] She has recently finished writing a four-volume novel called The Rain Wild Chronicles. The volumes are named The Dragon Keeper, Dragon Haven, City of Dragons and Blood of Dragons which was released in 2013.[6] Her second latest release, The Inheritance, is a collection of short fiction by both Robin Hobb and Megan Lindholm. In 2013, it was announced that she would return to her beloved characters Fitz and the Fool with a trilogy entitled The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy. The first volume, The Fool's Assassin, was published in August 2014 in the US and the UK.


As Megan Lindholm[edit]

The Ki and Vandien Quartet[edit]

Tillu and Kerlew[edit]

Other Books[edit]

Short stories[edit]

"Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man" (January, 1989) Asimov'sScience Fiction Nebula finalist, winner of Asimov's Readers Award

"A Touch of Lavender"(November, 1989) Asimov's Science Fiction Nebula and Hugo finalist and Asimov's Readers Award winner

"The Fifth Squashed Cat" 1994 Xanadu II anthology, edited by Jane Yolen

"Strays" 1998 Warrior Princesses anthology, edited by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Cut (May 2001) Asimov's Science Fiction Nebula finalist

"Grace Notes" (2006) The Fair Folk anthology edited by Marvin Kaye, published SF Book Club

As Robin Hobb[edit]

The Realm of the Elderlings[edit]

The Farseer Trilogy[edit]

The Farseer Trilogy follows the life of FitzChivalry Farseer (Fitz), a trained assassin, in a kingdom called The Six Duchies while his uncle, Prince Verity, attempts to wage war on the Red-Ship Raiders from The OutIslands who are attacking the shores of the kingdom by turning the people of the Six Duchies into Forged ones; still alive, but without any emotion or soul. Meanwhile Prince Regal's jealousy and the indulgence of his own selfish whims threatens to destroy The Six Duchies.

Liveship Traders Trilogy[edit]

The Liveship Traders Trilogy mainly takes place southwest of The Six Duchies in Bingtown (a colony of Jamaillia) and focuses on Liveships (sentient ships). The trilogy is unusually nautical – an area seldom covered in fantasy – with the germ of it being apparently the idea of portraying ships who are literally alive and sentient. While this trilogy does not follow FitzChivalry Farseer's life, it is linked to both the Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies.

The Tawny Man Trilogy[edit]

The Tawny Man continues the life of FitzChivalry Farseer from The Farseer Trilogy. It commences 15 years after the events in Assassin's Quest, a period covered in part by The Liveship Traders Trilogy. It focuses on The Fool's attempts to guide others to fulfill his prophecies.

The Rain Wild Chronicles[edit]

Takes place in the years after the Liveship Traders trilogy, and runs concurrently with and following the events of the Tawny Man Trilogy.

The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy[edit]

Takes place years after previous Six Duchies novels.

Other Elderlings Novels[edit]
  • The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince (Farseer Trilogy's prequel) (2013) ISBN 978-1596065444

Soldier Son Trilogy[edit]

Main article: Soldier Son Trilogy

Set in a new world unrelated to her previous trilogies, the Soldier Son Trilogy follows the life of Nevare Burvelle, the second son of a newly elevated Lord of the Kingdom of Gernia, and his preparation for and education at the King's Cavalla Academy.

Short stories[edit]


  • The Inheritance & Other Stories (2011), contains seven stories written as Megan Lindholm (A Touch of Lavender, Silver Lady and the Fortyish Man, Cut, The Fifth Squashed Cat, Strays, Finis, Drum machine) and three stories (all set in the Realm of the Elderlings: Homecoming, The Inheritance, Cat's meat) written as Robin Hobb.



  1. ^ Hobb, Robin". Last updated May 26, 2014. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction ( Retrieved 2014-08-03.
  2. ^ "Robin Hobb from". Harper Collins. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  3. ^ Biography
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  5. ^ "Voyager Author Biography". Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Robin Hobb's Blog". Retrieved July 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Fool’s Assassin « Robin Hobb". Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
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