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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

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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)

 

Esslemont:

 

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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