La Route d'Armilia [The Road to Armilia] is the fifth volume of the chronicles. Only the first 19 pages of this story were published in issue 123 of (A Suivre) in April 1988 AD. The Casterman album was releasd in the same year.
The Danish version “Vejen Til Armilia” was published before the French edition, it is also slightly different from the French one.
This art illustrated novel about a ride in the high North expanding the world of the Obscure Cities. The book has many impressive, but “recycled” images. The glassy mountain on page 54 was an advertisement for the international glazier AGC Glass. The gigantic gearing of timekeeping on page 63 was used for a campaign for a watchmaker. The Art Nouveau staircase on page 33 is the Belgian Comic museum. Also for the Bayreuther Wagner Festival made the advertising was used in the album.
Ferdinand is requested to travel by Dirigible from Mylos to Armilia. He knows the formula that will help Armilia to overcome the very cold period they are facing. During his flight to Armilia he Ferdinand meets Hella. Together they experience the travel over famous Obscure Cities like Brüsel, Bayreuth and København. Meanwhile Rainer and Helmut are investigating a problem in the Dinesen factory of Mylos.
|1987||Vejen til Armilia||Danish||Bogfabrikken||52||SC||8772971002||This version is on several points different from the Casterman editions|
|1988||De Weg naar Armilia||Dutch||Casterman||64||HC||9030385626||Signed and numbered. (1-400 & I-L)|
|1988||De Weg naar Armilia||Dutch||Casterman||64||SC||9030385618|
|1988||La Route d'Armilia||French||Casterman||64||HC||2203343036|
|1990||La Route d'Armilia||French||Casterman||64||HC||2203343036||Different frontpage|
|1992||Der Weg nach Armilia||German||Feest Comics||64||SC||3893431489|
|1992||Der Weg nach Armilia||German||Feest Comics||64||HC||3893431470||Signed and numbered. (1-999 & K1-K99). Including “Handbuch der gegenwärtigen und zukünftigen verkehrsmittel” (SC, 21 pages, ISBN 3893431470)|
|2000||De Weg naar Armilia||Dutch||Casterman||64||HC||9030385995|
|2010||La Route d'Armilia, et autres légendes du monde obscur||French||Casterman||110||SC||9782203020931||Including three extra stories: Mary La Penchée, Les Chevaux de Lune & La perle.|
|2012||Putovanje u Armiliju||Crotian||Fibra||110||HC||9789533230384||Same edition as the 2010 French edition|
|2013||闇の国々||Japanese||ShoPro Books||n/a||HC||479687173X||Part of bundle 4|
|2017||La Ruta De Armilia. Y otras leyendas de las ciudades oscuras||Spanish||Norma Editorial||112||SC||9788467927887|
|2019||Der weg nach Armilia||German||Schreiber und Leser||112||SC||9783946337829||Same edition as the 2010 French edition|