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Legends & Lore is a 128-page sourcebook for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition released in 1984. It details rules for deities in Dungeons & Dragons, and provides details and statistics for various historic mythoi, including the Norse pantheon and Greek pantheon.

This book is nearly identical to Deities & Demigods (1e) (1980), and even used the same TSR product code (2013). The only major difference was new cover art featuring Odin. The name change is thought to have been made following pressure from fundamentalist Christian groups at the time.

The book's name would later be used for Legends & Lore (2e) (1990).

Official synopsis[]

"here are the legends and lore needed to recreate the heroic quests in the ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® worlds of fantasy" Now you can add the grandeur of epic quests to your game. This book provides the Dungeon Master with details of heroes, gods, and monsters from myth, fiction, and legend for use in creating an AD&D® fantasy world.


The content of Legends & Lore is identical to that of Deities & Demigods (1e) (1980).

The book opens with various supporting rules for deities in AD&D. It includes rules for the benefits of superhuman ability scores from 19 to 25 and of negative Charisma scores from -1 to -7. It describes special divine abilities of deities, advice for the DM running deities, the interaction of clerics with their deities, and immortality and ascension to divinity.

The bulk of the book describes various pantheons of deities from real-world mythoi or fiction. These include the American Indian pantheon, Arthurian heroes, the Babylonian pantheon, the Celtic pantheon, the Central American pantheon, Chinese pantheon, Egyptian pantheon, Finnish pantheon, Greek pantheon, Indian pantheon, Japanese pantheon, Nehwon pantheon, non-human deities of D&D, Norse pantheon, and Sumerian pantheon.

The book continues with appendices onthe planes of existence, temple decorations, a table of information for clerics and a bibliography.

Development and release[]

Legends & Lore was originally released in 1980 as Deities & Demigods (see Deities & Demigods#Development and release. The name change is believed to have been made to appease religious individuals in the United States. Other than the new art and name change, it is identical to Deities & Demigods, even using the same TSR product code (2013).

Legends & Lore was released by TSR in 1984 for $15.00 US. The book continued to be reprinted until at least 1990.

On March 11, 2022, it was re-released in digital format. It is currently available on DriveThruRPG and Dungeon Masters Guild for $4.95.

Reception and influence[]

Critical reception[]

As of 2023, Legends & Lore reached the rank of Electrum seller on DriveThruRPG.

Influence on other works[]

Legends & Lore would lend its name to Legends & Lore (2e) (1990). The concept of a D&D book of deities would be reprised in such later products as Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002) and Faiths and Pantheons (2002).

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