The Mezentian Gate

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The Mezentian Gate
First edition
Author E. R. Eddison
Illustrator Keith Henderson
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Zimiamvian Trilogy
Genre Fantasy novel
Publisher Curwen Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages xxiv, 247 pp
Preceded by A Fish Dinner in Memison

The Mezentian Gate is the third novel in the Zimiamvian Trilogy by Eric Rücker Eddison. It is primarily a history of the rule of the fictional King Mezentius (the Tyrant of Fingiswold), and his methods of gaining and holding the Three Kingdoms of Fingiswold, Meszria and Rerek in sway.

Published posthumously, The Mezentian Gate is only partially completed as prose. In many of the central chapters, only the plot outline is presented. The first edition, published in 1958, comprised those chapters completed by Eddison, supplemented by an "Argument" summarizing the unfinished portions of the novel. An omnibus edition of the trilogy, published in 1992 as Zimiamvia, supplemented the 1958 text with unfinished draft texts for several never-completed chapters found among Eddison's manuscripts in the Bodleian Library.[1] The expanded version was published in an independent edition by Harper Collins in 2014.

The Mezentian Gate is chronologically the first book in the Zimiamvian Trilogy.


  1. ^ Paul Edward Thomas, "Introduction", The Mezentian Gate, Harper Collins, 2014, ix-x.