These books, the first 6 in the Elric series, were unlike anything I'd read before or since. The eternal battle Elric fought with his own conscious, as well as the continuous struggle with Stormbringer, how the story dwelt with characters on the razor's edge in their conflict between good and evil, and how the two were so much gray parts of one another was amazing. Having a main character so frail is even better, and his reliance on this sword that is merely an outward-operating ID, is awesome! This story line blows the Rings Trilogy away! As long as this were to stay an R-rated movie, not made for selling toys or for the kiddies, it would blow people away, whether they read the 6 books or not.