Cormyr is a fictional country in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting, both created by Canadian writer Ed Greenwood, and published first by TSR, Inc. and subsequently by Wizards of the Coast for the Dungeons and Dragons fantasy role-playing game. Cormyr is located in the interior of the fictional continent of Faerûn, and serves as a geographical backdrop for several fantasy novels set in the Forgotten Realms.
Cormyr in the D&D game
Cormyr first appeared in several short stories written by Ed Greenwood and published throughout the 1970s. It was first described in detail in 1987, in the Forgotten Realms Campaign Set boxed set published by TSR. The Campaign setting briefly outlines the nation with three pages of content, which Ken Rolston describes as "the nation receiving the most attention", and that "the few details given are at least plausible and are often good hooks for adventuring.
The 1990 hardcover Forgotten Realms Adventures added detail to three major cities within the boundaries of the country. Also released in 1990, The Forgotten Realms Atlas further describes Cormyr.
The 1993 Player's Guide to the Forgotten Realms Campaign further expands on areas within the setting. Also released in 1993 was the second edition of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting boxed set which contained more detailed information on Cormyr than did the original boxed set.
The 1994 accessory Cormyr provided significantly enhanced details about the geography, history, society, royalty, commoners and military of the region. An additional Forgotten Realms supplement published in 1994, Elminster's Ecologies details geography as well as flora and fauna in and around Cormyr.
In 2001 the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting was reedited by Wizards of the Coast. The third edition added details and advanced the fictional time line of Cormyr by several years.
Cormyr in novels
Cormyr has featured prominently in several Forgotten Realms novels:
- The Empires trilogy
- The Cormyr Saga
- Cormyr - Ed Greenwood & Jeff Grubb 1996
- Beyond the High Road - Troy Denning 1999
- Death of the Dragon - Ed Greenwood & Troy Denning 2000
- Murder in Cormyr - Chet Williamson 1998
- Elminster's Daughter - Ed Greenwood 2004
- The Knights of Myth Drannor
- Swords of Eveningstar - Ed Greenwood 2006
- Swords of Dragonfire - Ed Greenwood 2007
- The Sword Never Sleeps - Ed Greenwood 2008
- The Sage of Shadowdale
- Jeff Grubb, Ed Greenwood and Karen S. Martin: Forgotten Realms Campaign Set (Cyclopedia of the Realms), TSR, Inc.,1987
- Rolston, Ken (January 1988). "Role-playing Reviews". Dragon. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: TSR (#129): 84–86.
- Jeff Grubb and Ed Greenwood:Forgotten Realms Adventures, TSR Inc.,1990
- Karen Wynn Fonstad: The Forgotten Realms Atlas TSR Inc., 1990
- Player's Guide to the Forgotten Realms Campaign, TSR, 1993
- Ed Greenwood, Julia Martin, Jeff Grubb: Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 2nd edition (revised), TSR Inc., 1993
- Eric Haddock et al.: Cormyr (sourcebook), TSR Inc., 1994
- James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe: Elminster's Ecologies, TSR Inc., 1994
- Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo: Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition, Wizards of the Coast, 2001