What does "Zork" actually mean in-universe in the Zork/Infocom universe?



  • Nine or more Infocom games, the original Zork trilogy plus Zork Zero and Beyond Zork as well as the Enchanter trilogy, and possibly The Lurking Horror, all take place in a shared universe centered around the Kingdom of Quendor and/or the Great Underground Empire, the dynasty of the Flatheads, etc.

    In the shared Infocom universe, what does "Zork" mean? "Zork" is the name of the games but what does it mean in-universe?



  • Actually, in the very beginning of The Sorcerer the player starts out in the Enchanter's Guild of "Acarddi-By-The-Sea" and there is a library that contains the Encyclopedia Frobizzica. If you look up "Zork" in the encyclopedia the entry is

    Zork is a classic folk myth about a treasure-hunting adventurer who became a master of magic. It has been translated into novels, theatricals, giant wall murals ... almost every imaginable medium.

    So "Zork" is a cycle of myths, akin to Gilgamesh or The Odyssey in our world.


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