The Elfquest chronology

This list was compiled by artist Amy Haight. It appeared on her web site Ourgazebo.net which is now offline. Our thanks to her for letting us keep it available here, for all Elfquest fans to enjoy.

This master list attempts to set all the Elfquest stories in chronological order. The complete storyline, from the arrival of the elves on Abode to the planet’s space age, spans some 21,000 years. Headings are inserted to mark the most radical shifts in elfin history, as an aid to understanding the elf race’s background.

NOTE added November, 2012. Elfquest is a sprawling web of myths and legends told on one level by the elves themselves, and on another by Wendy and Richard Pini, human storytellers, with help over the years from other writers and artists. Elfquest springs from the heart first, rather than the head. It’s meant to stimulate imagination and feelings, where the effect can be more profound and life-changing than that from a list of dry facts. As Elfquest begins its newest episode, “Final Quest,” the “facts” of this timeline may not mesh smoothly with the story as it evolves. Let the tale spin as it will. Each reader will – and should – take her or his own truth from it in the Now as it happens. The past is a dreamberry memory, and legends grow along with their storytellers.

If you are already a fan of Elfquest, it’s fun to read the entire series in this order.

If you have never read Elfquest, it’s not recommended to read the EQ comics/books in the order presented here. The first EQ story you should read is “Elfquest“ issues #1-20 (unofficially called “The Original Quest“), which tells the central tale of the entire Elfquest saga. This was the first EQ series to be published, in the form of 20 black-and-white comic book issues, between 1978-1984. It was written and drawn exclusively by the creators of Elfquest, Wendy and Richard Pini. It is now available for sale in a handsomely colored 4-volume hardcover set called the Elfquest Archives. The Archives are a great place to start.

The other comics listed here were written and drawn by many different contributors, and they jump around between various timelines and stories in the history of Elfquest. These were all overseen by the Pinis and published by the Pinis’ company, Warp Graphics, but only some of them contain artwork or writing done by the Pinis themselves. Some are ‘back stories’ or ‘what-if’ tales. There are also seeming inconsistencies among these ‘side’ stories, which become clear when read in chronological order.

Many of the individual comic issues listed here were later collected into various graphic novel volumes. Click here for a list of the collections.
Arrival of the High Ones on Abode

• Hidden Years 6 – How Shall I Keep from Singing? Part 1
• Hidden Years 7 – How Shall I Keep from Singing? Part 2
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 1 – Colors

The Wolfriders

• Blood of Ten Chiefs 3 – Swift-Spear (originally subtitled Part 1)
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 4 – Two-Spear (sequel to issue 3)
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 6 – Tale of the Snowbeast
• Two-Spear 1-6
• Kahvi 2 – Perchance to Dream (conclusion)
• Kahvi 3 – Music of the Spears (beginning)
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 5 – Talon
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 7 – At the Oak’s Root
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 17 – Howl for Eldolil
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 18 – Finder
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 8 – Spirit Quest
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 9 – Shadow Play
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 12 – Coyote
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 13 – Demontricker’s Dilemma
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 14 – Hero Worship
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 2 – The Phantom of the Berry Patch
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 15 – Lessons in Passing
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 16 – Of the Fathers
• Hidden Years 9 – The Enemy’s Face
• Wolfrider! Part 1 (EQII 19)
• Wolfrider! Part 2 (EQII 21)
• Wolfrider! Part 3 (EQII 23)
• Wolfrider! Part 4 (EQII 25)
• Wolfrider! Part 5 (EQII 27)
• Hidden Years 5 – Starfall, Starrise
• Wolfrider! Part 6 (EQII 29)
• Wolfrider! Part 7 (EQII 31)
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 19 – Scavengers
• EQ 21 – Courage, by Any Other Name…
• Wolfrider! Part 8 (EQII 33)
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 10 – The Broken Circle Part 1
• Blood of Ten Chiefs 11 – The Broken Circle Part 2
• Wolfrider! Part 9 (RC 9a: Wolfrider!)
• Wolfrider! Part 10 (RC 9a: Wolfrider!)
• Troll Games and Soul Names (EQ Reader’s Collection 8b: In All But Blood)
• New Blood 6
• Wolfrider! Part 11 (RC 9a: Wolfrider!)
• Wolfrider! Part 12

The Grand Quest

• Elfquest 1 – Fire and Flight
• Elfquest 2 – Raid At Sorrow’s End
• Elfquest 3 – The Challenge
• Elfquest 4 – Wolfsong
• Elfquest 5 – Voice of the Sun
• Elfquest the First 20 Years: “The Heart’s Way“
• New Blood 4 – Moonshade
• Elfquest the First 20 Years: “Homespun“
• Elfquest 6 – The Quest Begins
• Elfquest 7 – The Dreamberry Tales
• Elfquest 8 – Hands of the Symbol Maker
• Elfquest 9 – The Lodestone
• Elfquest 10 – The Forbidden Grove
• Elfquest 11 – Lair of the Bird Spirits
• Elfquest 12 – What Is the Way
• Elfquest 13 – The Secret of the Wolfriders
• Elfquest 14 – The Fall
• Elfquest 15 – The Quest Usurped!
• New Blood 9 – Long Dream’s Ending
• Elfquest 16 – The Go-Backs
• Elfquest 17 – The First War
• Elfquest 18 – The Treasure
• Elfquest 19 – Quest’s End Part 1
• Elfquest 20 – Quest’s End Part 2

The Palace Recovered

• Siege at Blue Mountain 1 (beginning)
• New Blood 5 – Windkin
• Siege at Blue Mountain 1 (conclusion)
• Siege at Blue Mountain 2
• Siege at Blue Mountain 3
• Siege at Blue Mountain 4
• Siege at Blue Mountain 5
• Siege at Blue Mountain 6
• Siege at Blue Mountain 7
• Siege at Blue Mountain 8
• Kings of the Broken Wheel 1
• Kings of the Broken Wheel 2
• Kings of the Broken Wheel 3
• Kings of the Broken Wheel 4
• Rock-Shaper (NB Summer Special)
• Kings of the Broken Wheel 5
• Kings of the Broken Wheel 6
• Kings of the Broken Wheel 7
• Hidden Years 2 – Going Back
• New Blood 11 – War Part 1
• New Blood 12 – War Part 2
• New Blood 13 – Forevergreen Part 1 (beginning)
• Frank Frazetta Fantasy illustrated 1 – “The Jury“
• Hidden Years 1 – Wolfwood
• Hidden Years 3 – Little Patch
• Kahvi 1 – Pridequest
• Kahvi 2 – Perchance to Dream (beginning)
• Kahvi 3 – Music of the Spears (conclusion)
• Kahvi 4 – Long Day’s Journey
• Kahvi 5 – Troll Gate
• Kahvi 6 – Pridefall
• NB Summer Special: “The Price of a Soul“
• Kings of the Broken Wheel 8
• Kings of the Broken Wheel 9
• 2001 Summer Special 1 – Wolfshadow
• Dreamtime (EQ II 4-7, 9, 11-13, 15-16, 18, 10)
• Hidden Years 8 – Daughter’s Day
• Hidden Years 4 – Right of Passage
• New Blood 13 – Forevergreen Part 1 (conclusion)
• Hidden Years 9.5 – Rogue’s Challenge
• Hidden Years 10 – Shards Part 1 (episode was not numbered in the magazine)
• New Blood 14 – Forevergreen Part 2
• Hidden Years 11 – Shards Part 2
• Hidden Years 12 – Shards Part 3
• Hidden Years 13 – Shards Part 4
• Hidden Years 14 – Shards Part 5
• Hidden Years 15 – Shards Part 6

After issue 15, the plot splits in two, with Hidden Years carrying one thread and the Shards magazine the other. A third series, New Blood issues 13-35, runs parallel to these two plot lines. How New Blood interlocks with the other two series is not easy to tell, so most of this plotline is shown first.

• New Blood 15 – Forevergreen Part 3
• New Blood 16 – Forevergreen Part 4
• New Blood 17 – Forevergreen Part 5
• New Blood 18 – Forevergreen Part 6
• New Blood 19 – Forevergreen Part 7
• New Blood 20 – Forevergreen Part 8
• New Blood 21 – Forevergreen Part 9 (According to this episode, which appeared in September 1994, the story at this point is a year behind the events of Shards 2 and Hidden Years 16, which were published at about the same time.)
• New Blood 22 – Forevergreen Part 10
• New Blood 23 – One Life One Lie
• New Blood 24 – Opening Door
• New Blood 25 – Prelude to Doorwar 1 – Sorrow’s End
• New Blood 26 – Prelude to Doorwar 2 – Darkness Settling
• New Blood 27 – Doorwar
• New Blood 28 – Triompe and Defeat
• New Blood 29 – In a Gilded Cage
• New Blood 30 – Fight or Flight
• New Blood 31 – Window of the Soul
• New Blood 32 – Sorrow’s Fate
• Shards 1 – Clay
• Shards 2 – Wood
• Shards 3 – Stone
• Hidden Years 16 – First Step
• Shards 4 – Flesh
• Hidden Years 17 – Something Old, Something New
• Shards 5 – Hand
• Hidden Years 18 – Thick-coming Fancies
• Shards 6 – Head
• Hidden Years 19 – Mouse Hunt
• Shards 7 – Heart
• Hidden Years 20 – When Head Meets Head
• Shards 8 – Turnabout Part 1
• Hidden Years 21 – Messenger
• Shards 9 – Turnabout Part 2
• Hidden Years 22 – Inheritance
• Shards 10 – Revelation Part 1 (simultaneous with Hidden Years 23)
• Hidden Years 23 – Alpha and Omega (simultaneous with Shards 10)
• Shards 11 – Revelation Part 2
• Hidden Years 24 – Fire Fire Burning Bright
• Shards 12 – The Key (simultaneous with Hidden Years 25)
• Hidden Years 25 – Before the Storm (simultaneous with Shards 12)
• Shards 13 – Underground
• Hidden Years 26 – Questions – No Answers (immediately precedes Shards 14)
• Shards 14 – Reunion (immediately follows Hidden Years 26)
• Hidden Years 27 – To Shed a Teir
• Shards 15 – Resurrection
• Hidden Years 28 – Siege at Howling Rock
• New Blood 33 – Blood’s End Part 1
• New Blood 34 – Blood’s End Part 2
• New Blood 35 – Blood’s End Part 3
• Hidden Years 29 – Chief’s Fate (partially overlaps Shards 16)
• Shards 16 – The New Beginning
• Leetah’s Song (takes place during Shards 16) (Elfquest II, issue 32)

The Shards, Hidden Years and New Blood storylines reunite at their conclusions. In order, New Blood 35 precedes Hidden Years 29, which is followed by Shards 16.

The Palace Restored

Elfquest II, issue 14 – Wild Hunt Betwixt Tale 2
EQ Reader’s Collection 8b: In All But Blood – Full Circle
The Searcher and the Sword
Wavedancers (EQII 7; Wavedancers Special 1; Metamorphosis; EQ II 1,2,5,21,23,24,27,28,30,31) (This storyline originally was intended to take place a few human generations after the events of Shards and Hidden Years. However, for the Discovery series, Warp Graphics apparently has moved the timeline much farther back, to a time only a few years after the Shards War. The Discovery begins five years after that war.)
The Discovery
EQII 11 – Wild Hunt Betwixt Tale 1
The Wild Hunt (Metamorphosis; EQII 1-7,10,12,15,18,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30, 9,11,14,32,33, 01 Summer Special #2)
Fire-Eye (Metamorphosis; EQII 1-17,19-22)
2001 Summer Special 2 – Recognition
Rogue’s Curse (EQII 8, Metamorphosis, EQII 1,3,9-10,12-13,15-17,20,22,24,25,26,28,29,30; Frank Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated #4 1998)
EQII 2 – Proof Positive Part 1
EQII 3 – Proof Positive Part 2
Invasion of the Neverending aliens

The first two stories of the Abodean space age, The Rebels and Jink, are set 900 years after the Shards War era and parallel each other closely.

• Jink 1 – Now You See Her…
• Jink 2 – Jink Quest
• Jink 3 – Neverending Story
• Jink 4 – Soul Meets Soul
• Jink 5 – Convergence – Hide and Seek
• Jink 6 – Should Auld Acquaintance… (The last few pages take place six months after the rest, at the same time as The Rebels 6.)
• The Rebels 1 – To Colder Seas
• The Rebels 2 – Leavetaking
• The Rebels 3 – He That Goes
• The Rebels 4 – Aught Other Reason
• The Rebels 5 – The Business of War
• The Rebels 6 – Sharp Tools
• Jink 7 – Mindcoil Part 1 – Blue Mountain, Black Snake
• Jink 8 – Mindcoil Part 2 – Lawless, Winged and Unconfined
• Jink 9 – Ripples
• Jink 10 – On Shifting Sands
• Jink 11 – Of Unholy Blue
• Jink 12 – …Be Forgot
• The Rebels 7 – Into the Dark
• The Rebels 8 – Running With the Night
• The Rebels 9 – Lightning On the Road
• The Rebels 10 – The Thunder of Hearts
• The Rebels 11 – The Melting Pot
• The Rebels 12 – Fire and Steele
• Futurequest (Metamorphosis, EQII 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22)

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