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A hexalogy (from Greek ἑξα- hexa-, "six" and -λογία -logia, "discourse") is a compound literary or narrative work that is made up of six distinct works. The word apparently first appeared in English as a borrowing from German, in discussions of August Bungert's Wagnerian opera cycle entitled Homerische Welt based on the Iliad and the Odyssey.[1] (He planned two tetralogies, but the third and fourth operas of the eight were never written.) Both pentalogie and hexalogie were used by Théophile Gautier in 1859.[2] In 1923 the word was applied by an American reviewer to Johannes V. Jensen's The Long Journey.[3]


Examples of works which have been described as hexalogies are as follows:

Hexalogy Dates Author Medium
Der Biberpelz and Der rote Hahn[4] 1893–1901 Gerhart Hauptmann Two three-act plays
The Long Journey[3] 1908–1922 Johannes V. Jensen Novels
Aus dem bürgerlichen Heldenleben[5] 1911–1922 Carl Sternheim Plays
The Four Winds of Love[6] 1937–1945 Compton Mackenzie Novels
Tunnels 2007–2013 Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams Novels
Mortal Instruments 2007–2014 Cassandra Clare Novels
Fortunes of War[7] 1960–1980 Olivia Manning Novels
Resident Evil 2002–2016 Capcom Films
The Lord of the Rings[8] 1954–1955 J. R. R. Tolkien Novels
Luv(Sic) Hexalogy 2001–2015 Nujabes and Shing02 Music
The School for Good and Evil 2013–2020 Soman Chainani Novels
Min Kamp 2009–2011 Karl Ove Knausgård Novels


  1. William Foster Apthorp. The opera, past and present: an historical sketch. Scribner, 1901. Page 204.
    Arthur Elson. Modern Composers of Europe. L.C. Page and Company, 1904. Page 76.
  2. Théophile Gautier. Histoire de l'art dramatique en France depuis vingt-cinq ans, Volume 5. Magnin, Blanchard et compagnie, 1859. Page 220.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Bookman: a review of books and life. Dodd, Mead and Company, 1923. Volume 57, page 209.
  4. Eberhard Hilscher. Gerhart Hauptmann: Leben und Werk: mit bisher unpublizierten Materialien aus dem Manuskriptnachlass des Dichters. Athenäum, 1988. Page 166.
  5. The German theatre: a symposium. Edited by Ronald Hayman. Wolff, 1975. Page 113.
  6. Spartacus Educational Archived 2012-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, citing biographer Gavin Wallace.
  7. Lorna Sage, Germaine Greer, Elaine Showalter. The Cambridge guide to women's writing in English. Cambridge University Press, 1999. Page 389.
  8. Tolkien, J. R. R. “Notes on the Text.” ; The Lord of the Rings, 50th Anniversary ed., HarperCollinsPublishers, 2013.

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