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Word Counts of the Great Fantasies: Tolkien, King, Martin, Jordan

A Crown of Swords was the first Wheel of Time ...I’ll be a published author relatively soon after conceiving and writing for six years. I’ve been agonizing over the word count of my first book, Blood & Soul. It’s 160k. I found this entry out there on the internet and thought others might be interested. This does not excuse chubby books. I’ll always strive for lean and mean storytelling. But, the info below made me feel a little better.

I found the info below here: http://www.cesspit.net/drupal/node/1869



If you are curious, here some samples. The numbers are approximate and should omit indexes, appendices and stuff not directly belonging to the text itself.


Discrepancies are often due to the fact that Microsoft Word consider “it’s” like one word, instead my data is measured considering it as “it is”, so two words. This can usually add a plus 5-10k compared to Microsoft Word wordcount.


Lord of the RingsJ. R. R. Tolkien (revised to be in line with the rest)


The Fellowship of the Ring: 187k


The Two Towers: 155k


The Return of the King: 131k


Total: 473k


Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan


Tolkien's monogram, and Tolkien Estate trademark

Tolkien’s monogram, and Tolkien Estate trademark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Eye of the World: 305k


The Great Hunt: 267k


The Dragon Reborn: 251k


The Shadow Rising: 393k


The Fires of Heaven: 354k


Lord of Chaos: 389k


A Crown of Swords: 295k


The Path of Daggers: 226k


Winter’s Heart: 238k


Crossroads of Twilight: 271k


Knife of Dreams: 315k


Total: 3M 304k (official count)


Cover of "The Alliance of Light: Stormed ...

Cover via Amazon


Stormlight Archives – Brandon Sanderson


The Way of Kings: 387k (official count)


A Song of Ice And Fire – George R. R. Martin


A Game of Thrones: 298k


A Clash of kings: 326k


A Storm of Swords: 424k


A Feast for Crows: 300k


A Dance with Dragons: 422k


Total: 1M 770k


Malazan Book of the Fallen – Steven Erikson


Gardens of the Moon: 209k


Deadhouse Gates: 272k


Memories of Ice: 358k


Cover of "The Judging Eye (The Aspect-Emp...

Cover of The Judging Eye (The Aspect-Emperor)


House of Chains: 306k


Midnight Tides: 270k


The Bonehunters: 365k


Reaper’s Gale: 386k


Toll the Hounds: 392k


Dust of Dreams: 382k


The Crippled God: 385k


Total: 3M 325k


Forge of Darkness series/Trilogy:


Volume 1: 292k (very tentative)




Night of Knives: 88k


Return of the Crimson Guard: 278k


Stonewielder: 237k


Prince of Nothing (and rest) – R. Scott Bakker


The Darkness that Comes Before: 175k


The Warrior-Prophet: 205k


The Thousandfold Thought: 139k


Total: 519k


The Judging Eye: 151k


The White-Luck Warrior: 200k~


A Land Fit for Heroes(?) – Richard Morgan


The Steel Remains: 146k


The Cool Commands: 171k


The Wars of Light and Shadow – Janny Wurts


Curse of the Mistwraith: 233k


Ships of Merior: 206k


Warhost of Vastmark: 156k


Fugitive Prince: 220k


Grand Conspiracy: 235k


Peril’s Gate: 300k


Traitor’s Knot: 220k


Stormed Fortress: 248k


Total: 1M 818k


The Night’s Dawn Trilogy – Peter F. Hamilton


The Reality Dysfunction: 385k


The Neutronium Alchemist: 393k


The Naked God: 469k (!)


Total: 1M 247k


Baroque+Crypto – Neal Stephenson


Cryptonomicon: 415k


Quicksilver: 390k


The Confusion: 348k


The System of the World: 387k


Total: 1M 540k


The Dark TowerStephen King


The Gunslinger: 55k


The Drawing of the Three: 128k


The Waste Lands: 178k


Wizard and Glass: 264k


Wolves of the Calla: 251k


Song of Susannah: 131k


The Dark Tower: 288k


Total: 1M 295k


Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace- 575k


Updated: 27 Oct 2011



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