Forgotten Realms Chronological Reading Order

What’s in the Forgotten Realms Chronological Reading Order?

This is the chronological reading order for the Forgotten Realms series of books and short stories. Forgotten Realms is a huge story setting. The original authors developed it for Dungeons and Dragons. Many authors contributed to this world, although Ed Greenwood and R. A. Salvatore still wrote much of it. While overlap exists between some stories, we usually place them in order based on where they end.

Now the number of books and short stories for Forgotten Realms is so massive that it’s easy to make a mistake when ordering them, so if you see anything that should be placed in another area of the timeline, please let us know. We want to create an easy-to-follow timeline for all of the Forgotten Realms media, so we welcome any help to avoid confusion. So enjoy the Forgotten Realms chronological reading order. And if you’re a fan of other tabletop literature, check out our Dragonlance reading order. Fans of the Forgotten Realms character, Drizzt Do’urden will also enjoy our Legends of Drizzt timeline.

As always, if you have questions or comments about this timeline, we recommend you visit our contact page.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

Realms of the Elves

Short Story

Richard Lee Byers

2006-02-07

Collected in Realms of the Elves

2

Realms of the Elves

Short Story

Philip Athans

2006-02-07

Collected in Realms of the Elves

3

Netheril Trilogy

Novel

Clayton Emery

1996-05-21

4

Netheril Trilogy

Novel

Clayton Emery

1996-10-21

5

Netheril Trilogy

Novel

Clayton Emery

1998-02-03

6

Realms of the Dragons

Short Story

Paul S. Kemp

2004-08-05

Collected in Realms of the Dragons

7

Realms of Shadow

Short Story

Lisa Smedman

2002-04-01

Collected in Realms of Shadow

8

Realms of Shadow

Short Story

Jess Lebow

2002-04-01

Collected in Realms of Shadow, and The Best of the Realms

9

Realms of the Dragons

Short Story

Edward Bolme

2004-08-05

Collected in Realms of the Dragons

10

Realms of the Arcane

Short Story

Philip Athans

1997-12-23

Collected in Realms of the Arcane

11

Realms of Shadow

Short Story

Paul S. Kemp

2002-04-01

Collected in Realms of Shadow

12

Realms of the Arcane

Short Story

J. Robert King

1997-12-23

Collected in Realms of the Arcane

13

The Best of the Realms II

Short Story

Ed Greenwood

2005-06-01

Collected in The Best of the Realms II

14

The Elminster Series

Novel

Ed Greenwood

1995-12-01

15

Realms of Magic

Short Story

R. A. Salvatore

1995-12-01

Collected in Realms of Magic, and The Legend of Drizzt Anthology

16

The Elminster Series

Novel

Ed Greenwood

1998-01-12

17

The Elminster Series

Novel

Ed Greenwood

1998-12-01

18

Realms of Valor

Short Story

Christie Golden

1993-01-26

Collected in Realms of Valor

19

Realms of the Arcane

Short Story

Ed Greenwood

1997-12-23

Collected in Realms of the Arcane, and The Best of the Realms II

20

Realms of War

Short Story

Susan J. Morris

2008-01-08

Collected in Realms of War

21

The Best of the Realms III

Short Story

Elaine Cunningham

2007-05-08

Collected in The Best of the Realms III

22

Realms of War

Short Story

Bruce R. Cordell

2008-01-08

Collected in Realms of War

23

Short Story

Lynn Abbey

1997-12-01

Dragon Magazine #242

24

The Legend of Drizzt Anthology

Short Story

R. A. Salvatore

2011-02-01

Collected in The Legend of Drizzt Anthology

25

Realms of the Dead

Short Story

Lisa Smedman

2010-01-05

Collected in Realms of the Dead

26

The Nobles

Novel

Paul Kidd

1997-11-04

27

Realms of Shadow

Short Story

Troy Denning

2002-04-01

Collected in Realms of Shadow, and The Best of the Realms

28

Icewind Dale Series

Game

2000-06-29

29

Icewind Dale Series

Game

2001-02-21

30

Realms of Shadow

Short Story

Jessica Beaven

2002-04-01

Collected in Realms of Shadow

31

Realms of the Underdark

Short Story

Mark Anthony

1996-04-23

Collected in Realms of the Underdark

32

Icewind Dale Series

Game

2002-08-27

33

Realms of the Dragons

Short Story

Elaine Cunningham

2004-08-05

Collected in Realms of the Dragons

34

The Nobles

Novel

Mark Anthony

1996-02-27

35

The Dark Elf Trilogy

Novel

R. A. Salvatore

1990-08-01

36

The Dark Elf Trilogy

Graphic Novel

Andrew Daab
R. A. Salvatore

2008-07-23

Adaptation of the book.

37

Realms of War

Short Story

Ed Greenwood

2008-01-08

Collected in Realms of War

38

Realms of Infamy

Short Story

Ed Greenwood

1994-12-27

Collected in Realms of Infamy, and The Best of the Realms II

39

Realms of Valor

Short Story

James Lowder

1993-01-26

Collected in Realms of Valor

40

Realms of the Dragons

Short Story

Ed Greenwood

2004-08-05

Collected in Realms of the Dragons

41

The Dark Elf Trilogy

Novel

R. A. Salvatore

1990-12-01

42

The Dark Elf Trilogy

Graphic Novel

Andrew Daab
R. A. Salvatore

2006-03-29

Adaptation of the book.

43

The Heroes of Phlan

Novel

James M. Ward

1990-01-01

44

Realms of Infamy

Short Story

R. A. Salvatore

1994-12-27

Collected in Realms of Infamy, and The Legend of Drizzt Anthology

45

Realms of the Elves

Short Story

Lisa Smedman

2006-02-07

Collected in Realms of the Elves

46

Moonshae Trilogy

Novel

Douglas Niles

1987-06-01

47

Moonshae Trilogy

Novel

Douglas Niles

1992-08-01

48

Moonshae Trilogy

Novel

Douglas Niles

1989-04-22

49

The Dark Elf Trilogy

Novel

R. A. Salvatore

1991-05-01

50

The Dark Elf Trilogy

Graphic Novel

Andrew Daab
R. A. Salvatore

2015-12-29

Adaptation of the book.

1 2 3 10
Comments
  1. Fergy

    Will this be updated?

    1. Jason Hamilton

      What is it missing?

  2. DSII

    Murder in Tarsis… is DragonLance

  3. Fergy

    Generations series, of Drizzt Do’Urden by R. A. Salvatore, is one of the latest that is not on the list. I know it is hard to keep up 🙂

  4. Wolfman225

    It’s a crossover.

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