Ed Greenwood (born 1959) is the creator of the Forgotten Realms. He first began in 1967,[2] writing fiction set in his imagined world. He created the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting for his own D&D games in 1975, and its popularity with other gamers through Dragon Magazine led to TSR's purchase of the setting in 1986.[1]

Many[attribution needed] believe Elminster to be an alter ego for Ed[3] so he can say all of the things that Ed himself is too polite to say. Ed has denied this.[citation needed]

When not writing Realmslore or yet another book, Ed keeps himself busy by attending conventions and working as a library clerk in Canada where he lives at a farmhouse in Ontario.[citation needed]

Ed's ambition is to fully detail the entirety of the Forgotten Realms, fleshing out every place in full detail, but he admits that this is an unrealistic goal and is unlikely ever to be achieved.[4]

Other activitiesEdit

Ed has contributed to most Forgotten Realms gaming accessories, and authored many more—including the detailed Volo's Guide series—and continues to DM his own campaign. He writes regular Realmslore columns for the Wizards of the Coast website, and frequents the Candlekeep web forums (where he may be contacted).

In addition to all these activities, Ed works as a library clerk (and sometimes as a librarian) and has edited over a dozen small press magazines. When not appearing at conventions, he lives in an old farmhouse in the countryside of Ontario.



See also: list of novels by Ed Greenwood



Boxed setsEdit


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  1. 1.0 1.1 Allen Varney (February 1998). “ProFiles: Ed Greenwood”. In Dave Gross ed. Dragon #244 (TSR, Inc.), p. 112.
  2. Foreword to Elminster at the Magefair in The Best of the Realms.
  3. Ed Greenwood (August 1996). “Wyrms of the North: Balagos”. In Pierce Watters ed. Dragon #232 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 81–87.
  4. Ed Greenwood (2001-05-09). Ed Says: Geography. Realmswatch. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved on 2007-12-31.

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