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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004, 10:09 AM
A nice Conan-resource, complete with atlas and all:


"Know, O Prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and
the gleaming cities, and the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was
an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world
like blue mantles beneath the stars - Nemedia, Ophir, Brythunia,Hyperborea,
Zamora with its dark-haired women and towers of spider-haunted mystery,
Zingara with its chivalry, Koth that bordered the pastoral lands of Shem,
Stygia with its shadow-guarded tombs, Hyrkania whose riders wore steel and silk and gold.
But the proudest kingdom of the world was Aquilonia, reigning supreme in the dreaming west.
Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand,
a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth,
to tread the jeweled thrones of the earth under his sandled feet."
- The Nemedian Chronicles

Friday, August 26th, 2005, 10:19 PM
A Hyborian timeline, especially interesting for those of us with an interest in races:


I don't recognize the whole essay from Howards works though.

"500 years later, the kingdoms of the world are clearly defined. The kingdoms of the Hyborians - Aquilonia, Nemedia, Brythunia, Hyperborea, Koth, Ophir, Argos, Corinthia and the Border Kingdom - dominate the Western world. Zamora lies to the East, Zingara to the Southwest of these. Far to the South sleeps Stygia, untouched by foreign invasions, though the peoples of Shem have exchanged the Stygian yoke for the less galling one of Koth. The Stygians have been driven South of the great river Styx, also called Nilus or Nile, which empties into the Western Sea. North of Aquilonia are the Cimmerians, ferocioius savages untamed by any invaders. Descended from the ancient Atlanteans, they are progressing more rapidly than their old enemies, the Picts, who dwell in the wilderness West of Aquilonia."

Friday, August 26th, 2005, 10:22 PM
"For a short age, Pict and Hyrkanian snarled at each other over the ruins of the world they had conquered. Then began the glacial ages, and many nordic tribes were driven southward by the moving ice fields, driving kindred clans before them in turn. Nemedia, meanwhile, became a Nordic kingdom, ruled by descendants of the Aesir mercenaries. Pressed by the Nordic tides, the Cimmerians were on the march, destroying first Gunderland, then hewing their way through the Pictish hosts to defeat the Nordic-Nemedians and sack some of their cities. Then they continued eastward, overthrowing an Hyrkanian army on the borders of Brythunia. Hot on their heels, hordes of Aesir and Vanir swarmed South, and the newly founded Pictish Empire reeled beneath their strokes. Nemedia was overthrown, and the half-civilized Nordics fled before their wilder kinsmen, leaving the cities of Nemedia ruined and deserted. These fleeing Nordic-Nemedians broke the back of Hyrkanian power in Shem, Brythunia and Hyperborea, forcing the descendants of the Lemurians back toward the Vilayet Sea. Meanwhile, the Cimmerians, wandering southeastward, destroyed the ancient Hyrkanian kingdom of Turan and settled by the inland sea.

Their Western empire destroyed, the Hyrkanians butchered all unfit captives and herded thousands of slaves before them as they rode back onto the mysterious East. They would return thousands of years later, as Mongols, Huns, Tartars and Turks. Meanwhile also, red-haired Vanir adventurers came into Stygia, where they overthrew the reigning class and built up a vast southern empire which they call Egypt. From these red-haried conquerors the early pharaohs were to boast descent. The Western world was now dominated by Nordic barbarians. There were few cities anywhere; the once dominant Hyborians had vanished from the earth, leaving scarcely a trace of blood in the veins of their conquerors. In time, the whole history of the Hyborian age was lost in a cloud of myths and fantasies.

And then, another terrific convulsion of the earth hurled all into choas again, carving out the lands as they are known to us now. Great strips of the western coast sank, and the mountains of western Cimmeria became islands later called British. A vast sea, later called Mediterranean, was formed then the Stygian continent broke away from the rest of the world. The territory around the slowly drying inland sea was not affected, and the Nordics retreating there lived more or less at peace with the Cimmerians already present. In time, the two races became intermingled. In the West, the remnants of the Picts, reduced to the status of stone-age savages, possessed the land once more, till, in a later age, they were overthrown by the westward drift of the Cimmerians and Nordics. This drift resulted from a growing population which thronged the steppes West of the inland sea, now known as the Caspian and much reduced in size -- to such an extent that migration became an economic necessity. Known now as Aryans, these tribes moved into the areas now occupied by India, Asia Minor and much of Europe.

Some variations of these primitive sons of Aryas are still recognized today; others have been long forgotten since. The Nemedians of Irish legendry were the Nemedian Aesir, while the later sea-roving Danes were the descendants of the Vanir. The blond Achaians, Gauls and Britons were decended from the pure-blooded Aesir. The Gaels, ancestors of Irish and Highland Scotch came of pure-blooded Cimmerian clans. The ancient Summerians were of mixed Hyrkanian and Shemitish blood, while from the purer Shemites were descended both the Arabs and the Israelites. The Hyrkanians, retreating to the Eastern shores of the continent, evolved into the tribes later known as Huns, Mongols, Tartars and Turks before they bloodily re-entered Western history."

Apparently we descend from Cimmerians, Picts, Aesir and Vanir. ;) And through the Cimmerians, from Atlantis.

Friday, August 26th, 2005, 10:46 PM
"Crom was their chief, and he lived on a great mountain, whence he sent forth dooms and death. It was useless to call on Crom, because he was a gloomy, savage god, and he hated weaklings. But he gave a man courage at birth, and the will and might to kill his enemies, which, in the Cimmerian's mind, was all any god should be expected to do." -- Robert E. Howard: "The Tower of the Elephant"

"The Kothians had long since abandoned the worship of Mitra, forgetting the attributes of the universal Hyborian god. (...) Ishtar was much to be feared, and all the gods of Koth. Kothian culture and religion had suffered from a subtle admixture of Shemite and Stygian strains. The simple ways of the Hyborians had become modified to a large extent by the sensual, luxurious, yet despotic habits of the East." -- Robert E. Howard: "Black Colossus"

"The god Ibis has fought Set since the first dawn of the earth, and Kalanthes has fought Set's priests all his life." -- Robert E. Howard: "The God in the Bowl"

"Burning censers bathed the interior in a soft weird glow that created an illusion of unreality. Near the rear wall, behind the black stone altar, sat the god with his gaze fixed for ever on the open door, through which for centuries his victims had come, dragged by chains of roses. (...) Bestial in the uncertain light Hanuman leered with his carven mask. He sat, not as an ape would crouch, but cross-legged as a man would sit, but his aspect was no less simian for that reason. He was carved from black marble, but his eyes were rubies, which glowed red and lustful as the coals of hell's deepest pits. His great hands lay upon his lap, palms upward, taloned fingers spread and grasping. In the gross emphasis of his attributes, in the leer of his satyr-countenance, was reflected the abominable cynicism of the degenerate cult which deified him." -- Robert E. Howard: "Shadows in Zamboula"

"Bel, too, is Shemitish, for he was born in ancient Shumir, long, long ago and went forth laughing, with curled beard and impish wise eyes, to steal the gems of the kings of old times." -- Robert E. Howard: "The Queen of the Black Coast"


Dr. Solar Wolff
Saturday, August 27th, 2005, 04:52 AM
Sometimes I hate to admitt how much I enjoyed Howard, not just Conan but all his works. It is amazing to me that a guy in 1930s Texas could come up with this stuff.

Saturday, August 27th, 2005, 08:25 AM
Sometimes I hate to admitt how much I enjoyed Howard, not just Conan but all his works. It is amazing to me that a guy in 1930s Texas could come up with this stuff.

I agree. My favourites are actually Bran Mak Morn, Solomon Kane and his "Cthulhu Mythos"-stories.

His interest in the rise and fall of races and civilizations, barbarians, and the difference between the simple Hyborians and the decadent Easterners ("The simple ways of the Hyborians had become modified to a large extent by the sensual, luxurious, yet despotic habits of the East."), all is very similar to thoughts that we find in Ariosophy, NS, and Traditionalism. And he wasn't afraid to use the A-word (Aryan). :)

Plus, his stories has a real power and intensity in them that usually lacks in modern fantasy. Partially because modern fantasy is afraid to use the myths of the collective unconscious.

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Saturday, February 18th, 2012, 03:47 PM
Theres a Robert E. Howard festival out in Texas every year, I wish pretty bad that I could make it.

Anyone try out that MMORPG set in his Conan universe? It wasn't the best but it was kind of fun to interact with characters from the stories

Saturday, February 18th, 2012, 04:16 PM
Absolutely love Conan! I think some of the quotes and sentiment conveyed are very relatable to real life.

"Barbarism is the natural state of mankind," the borderer said, still staring somberly at the Cimmerian. "Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph."

"A wolf was no less a wolf because a whim of chance caused him to run with the watch-dogs"

"Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing."

Saturday, February 18th, 2012, 04:39 PM
Not only that, but its pretty refreshing to explore such a rich, low fantasy world. Its nice when there can be broadswords and evil sorcerers without a set of pointy ears in sight.

Saturday, February 18th, 2012, 08:07 PM
I have the first 30 or so comics in the 'Conan The Barbarian' series by Marvel, beginning in 1970. In the main, they adhere quite closely to the original character and settings but, due to the enormous popularity of the title, they've now released so many derivatives (Savage Sword Of Conan/King Conan/Conan The Adventurer/Conan The Savage etc...) that I lost track of what he was up to years ago :confused