What made Conan the Barbarian a character that's been able to survive in the cultural consciousness for almost 100 years?

What made Conan the Barbarian a character that's been able to survive in the cultural consciousness for almost 100 years?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    he is an archetype to something primal/primordial about the human experience and also capitalized on an emerging trend at the time (genre fantasy etc.)

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      This, but also a few other things, I think. The fact that his myths and setting are explicitly meant to be our past makes it feel more real and chillingly uncanny when archaeologists or others discover something that seems to confirm Howard's theories. This is something not even Tolkiien did. He kinda sorta believed in Conan on some level, and so do a lot of his fans. The nature of Conan's style of storytelling lends itself to other authors and the imagination, too. It's already canon that he's been a mercenary, a thief, a pirate and a king. It's easy to imagine him in almost any role where he gets to break something eventually, and the debatable timeline encourages people to fill in the blanks how they please.

      He isn't popular enough for the left to consider worth subverting, yet. Don't worry, he'll be changed into a black, pansexual woman soon enough.

      There was that "She is Conann" movie that came out recently. It was shit.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        You would probably get a better sense of prehistory by reading Conan than by reading academic anthropology from 1960 until we got genetic studies.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You sort of joke, but Howard's Cimmerians unironically look a hell of a lot like what they've dug up recently in northwestern Europe from the beginnings of the bronze age and earlier. Tawny but undeniably the progenitors of the Celts. The man had intuition and a self taught education to dwarf many a biased academic

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            It's not a joke. Even with genetic studies sometimes you have absurd theories in academia.

            "Group A" meets "Group B"
            "Group B"'s patrilineal lineage suddenly disappears, but the matrilineal lineage continues.
            Interpretation by an anthropologist: "They lived peacefully together, but women preferred to marry with men from Group A because they were wealthier".

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >"They lived peacefully together, but women preferred to marry with men from Group A because they were wealthier"
            What a bullshit theory, of course all B men went to fish at the same time in the same boat then a storm took down the boat so their wives and daughters ended up marrying A men

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            He was basing his stuff on legit anthropology. The best anthropologists in that era were mostly German, so they got associated with the Nazis and all their theories became taboo in academia after WW2. For nearly a century afterward the field was dominated by nonsense and lies until DNA testing finally made that untenable, and they started admitting anthropology back in the late 19th and early 20th centuries had been on the right track all along.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            but that, Howard's Cimmerian looking like western hunter gatherers, has nothing to do with anthropology nor has any relation with the IE expedition (or the Aryan invasion of europe in the language of the time)

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >or the Aryan invasion of europe in the language of the time

            He wrote that in as the Hyborian invasion, partly based on the Dorian invasion.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Genuine question since you seem like you might know. Do you know if I can find some proper rigorous reading material on the contemporary evidence for and general perspectives on the Aryan migration/invasion? I presume that's what you're talking about anyhow. I'm pretty familiar but I'm not smart enough to follow papers and do most of the inferential work, so you know if there's any good published volumes in maybe the last decade or so?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        He's basically Gilgamesh; through him we indulge in the pagan pleasure of the pre-Judeo-Christian hero. Judeo-Christian heroes are always underdogs, at war with the tough guy. As if being a hard motherfricker isn't a redeeming character trait in and of itself.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          A big part of the imagery of Conan is him fighting against and defeating some kind of subhuman ape man, which I take as an attempt to mythologize the evolutionary anthropological ideas he was basing the Hyborian Age on

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Thats a Black person!

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            This is almost certainly true. This thread is full of men who just get it.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Have in mind that almost all those apemen were actually devolved, former civilization cucks from the previous cycles. Real apes in his writings were frickhueg' taloned freak shows

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          He's most certainly Gilgamesh inspired, Howard was obsessed with ancient Mesopotamia when he first started writing Conan, and began creating the world to explore a fantastical version of that period of time he crested in his imagination

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Howard was inspired by all of that Helena Blavatsky stuff, right? I assume that kind of forms the backdrop for his worldbuilding.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Yes definitely, though his Atlantis is much different than theosophy Atlantis

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >There was that "She is Conann" movie that came out recently. It was shit.
        Haven't seen it, but from what I've read (and the trailer I saw) the director COULD have made a straight-forward S&S kino with a female lead and decided to make pseudslop instead.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Well, it is a French production, is it not? They intellectualized horniness, for crying out loud.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >The fact that his myths and setting are explicitly meant to be our past makes it feel more real and chillingly uncanny when archaeologists or others discover something that seems to confirm Howard's theories.
        I had never thought of it that way. That's an interesting way to look at it.

        https://i.imgur.com/546fCJK.jpg

        it's unironically incredibly diverse so it doesn't gel with the whole "rewriting fantastical euro settings with Blacks" trend currently in adaptations. that and he's not problematic enough to get cancelled (doesn't rape, has moments of heroism) but isn't based enough for redpillers to hijack

        >it's unironically incredibly diverse so it doesn't gel with the whole "rewriting fantastical euro settings with Blacks" trend currently in adaptations.
        Interesting too.

        https://i.imgur.com/vfdWCff.jpg

        A big part of the imagery of Conan is him fighting against and defeating some kind of subhuman ape man, which I take as an attempt to mythologize the evolutionary anthropological ideas he was basing the Hyborian Age on

        >A big part of the imagery of Conan is him fighting against and defeating some kind of subhuman ape man
        You know, I'm a liberal guy, but I played a little bit of the Age of Conan MMO and then these savages would come running at me with bones through their noses and being like "ooga booga!" and then you'd chop their heads off, and my reaction was a mix of being aghast but also wildly entertained by it. I'm posting here so I'm not someone who is scared of things like that but it's also like, hey, we're all barbarians over here. I should read some of the stories.

        The life affirmation aspect is the most important aspect, as Howard created him as an attempt to not kill himself, which I think is beautiful

        >The life affirmation aspect is the most important aspect, as Howard created him as an attempt to not kill himself, which I think is beautiful
        Wow. I think that's the right attitude.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      don't forget about He-Man!

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        I HAVE THE POWER!!!

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    He isn't popular enough for the left to consider worth subverting, yet. Don't worry, he'll be changed into a black, pansexual woman soon enough.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    A series of successful adaptations.

    Faded into obscurity like a lot of pulp era shit, only to find a revival in the 60's/70's. Lovecraft got it with occult hippie nerds, Conan had two marvel comic adaptations, with the more mature one (Savage Sword) getting a lot of really talented artists for the time working on it, and by using larger paper stock they got it classified as a magazine, not a comic, so they were able to do breasts and blood.
    So you would have people starting on the more kid friendly comic then graduating to the "magazine" version of Conan, thus retaining a lot of the audience in a way the superhero's were unable to do until a 15-20 later with the rise of the graphic novel.

    Then we got the movie with Arnie which was yet another boost.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    it's unironically incredibly diverse so it doesn't gel with the whole "rewriting fantastical euro settings with Blacks" trend currently in adaptations. that and he's not problematic enough to get cancelled (doesn't rape, has moments of heroism) but isn't based enough for redpillers to hijack

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      No kidding about the diversity. Howard basically accounted for the whole human race except for the new world and the farthest reaches of the east.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >the farthest reaches of the east.
        Khitai is a mix of China and Japan

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Where my malaysians and abbos at?
          >probably uncontacted and sitting in the dirt for the second one

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >he's not problematic enough
      There's a story where he slaughters an African village who was literally in the middle of celebrating a feast in his honour because he finds out their chief enslaved a white woman. He even says regarding the sudden betrayal "oaths among these Black folk aren't meant to be kept."

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        He also nearly rapes Atli. Who was basically a snow succubus, but still.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          The escalation of her flirtingly luring him to panicked fleeing because she unknowingly tried to ensnare Conan the fricking Cimmerian is hilarious.
          >Man,” said he, “tell me your name, so that my brothers in Vanaheim may know who was
          the last of Wulfhere’s band to fall before the sword of Heimdul.”
          >“Not in Vanaheim,” growled the black-haired warrior, “but in Valhalla will you tell your
          brothers that you met Conan of Cimmeria."
          Kino story.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Absolutely peak fiction.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >kills a bunch of slavers
        >a man who lived in dustbowl texas uses the n word

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          He very SPECIFICALLY makes it known that he's literally only killing these Black folk because they had the audacity to imprison a white woman. It's 3000% problematic in the current culturally liberal zeitgeist, is it not?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            he has a soft spot for women, remember that cannibal story where he rescues that dancer girl who turns out to be a princes? she was swarthy and he didn't butcher the black cannibals for kidnapping her.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            There's nothing at all wrong with Conan's motivation in 'The Vale of Lost Women'. Stop trying to play this 4D chess of denying REH's racism. This position you're taking itself is cucked.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            no shit a guy from dustbowl texas was racist, i'm just saying that he wasn't that racist and that Conan is motivated by his soft spot for women over his hatred for a particular race.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Again, you're writing off Howard's racism as a fault of his era instead of acknowledging the virtue of it in this particular Conan adventure. You're an absolute homosexual. Borderline troony. I would heem you irl.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            lmao you wouldnt do shit homosexual, get the frick off of MY board.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Conan as a character also expresses anti colonial beliefs pretty heavily

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        What story? I don't remember that. I thought it'd be israeliteels of Gwahlur but I don't think it is

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      No kidding about the diversity. Howard basically accounted for the whole human race except for the new world and the farthest reaches of the east.

      I wonder if Conan was created to be this ambiguous ethnically, he kinda looks like darker skinned italian and greek guys so "white" but he can easily look Turk, Persian or Arab if you want to see him that way. So any caucasian race can self insert as him.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        My personal theory is that he was partly influenced physically by Amerindians Howard might have ran into. Jet black hair, dour disposition, skin tone that varies from almost pale to browned, living on the border of civilization, etc.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >said to be some kind of ancestor of the Picts
        >dark hair
        >blue eyes
        >dark of completion, while still broadly being "white"
        Conan is basically this guy.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Same big dick energy, too.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >and he strikes like Thunderball, by Crom!

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        My personal theory is that he was partly influenced physically by Amerindians Howard might have ran into. Jet black hair, dour disposition, skin tone that varies from almost pale to browned, living on the border of civilization, etc.

        I think Howard assumed Cymmru = Cimmerian. Black Celt is a look that exists.

        Also, I think a lot of the skin thing is outdoorsmanship.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Or Black Irish, whatever.

          The Aesir, Vaniir, Cimmerian thing is some sort of attempt to build an early Bronze Age outline of the various European populations from a smattering of much later accounts and a bunch of linguistic guesses.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            The entire region spoke Iranic in the pre classical, so a good guess I think.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I think Cimmerians proper were the pre-Iranic Western Steppe Herder descendants. Iranics are the from-Fatyanovo-to-Sintashta-to-Andronovo CWC descendants that wiped the Cimmerians out sans the horde that moved to West Asia and nearly cracked the Neo-Assyrian empire.

            Indo-Iranians themselves looked variant, depending on their admixes. BMAC, Altai Turkic etc.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >Iranics are the from-Fatyanovo-to-Sintashta-to-Andronovo CWC descendants that wiped the Cimmerians
            Cimmerians spoke Iranic. They joined the confederation that liberated the Medes from the Assyrians when the Assyrians oppressed the Medes. Every other member of that coalition was Iranic, but I don't know that Howard knew all that.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          also Sumerian
          >Verification not required.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            I think by that time the big thing was Chaldea, still? People didn't realize the full extent of how far written record extended back in that place

            >Iranics are the from-Fatyanovo-to-Sintashta-to-Andronovo CWC descendants that wiped the Cimmerians
            Cimmerians spoke Iranic. They joined the confederation that liberated the Medes from the Assyrians when the Assyrians oppressed the Medes. Every other member of that coalition was Iranic, but I don't know that Howard knew all that.

            You're right, they were Iranic. I get confused with the previous population. But they were not Scythes and they were displaced by the former.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >But they were not Scythes and they were displaced by the former.
            I agree!

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        My personal theory is that he was partly influenced physically by Amerindians Howard might have ran into. Jet black hair, dour disposition, skin tone that varies from almost pale to browned, living on the border of civilization, etc.

        Supposedly in the 60s and 70s conan stories were super popular on Indian rez's. Most pulp protagonists of the time were blond Flash Gordon types, but Conan is a noble savage with Bronze skin and long black hair.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Also the nose, the cheekbones and the shape of the eyes, but that's dependant on the artist. Some drew him quite native american-like.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >not problematic enough to get cancelled
      In the first conan story ever written Conan feels pent up after a battle and chases after a giantess woman so he can rape her (giantess in the Norse pagan sense, so a demigod woman, not a giant woman).

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Isn't the point that she's some kind of supernatural seductress who's luring him to the giants though? He wasn't in his normal state of mind.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          He even admits to being driven mad later, but he gets man points for killing her brothers.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah, the whole event is supposed to be like a surreal mythical experience for Conan where he's not sure if he's even alive or dead anymore. He's about 18 years old in the story and this is the most significant and major encounter with the supernatural he's ever experienced up until this point. The story starts with him being the sole survivor of a furious battle between Aesir and Vanir warbands, wounded and deeply exhausted on the bridge between life and death. Then the nymph appears to him standing in the snow in small shear robes unfazed by the cold beckoning to him

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        You should read the French comic adaption of the story. Ymir's daughter gets so worked up over the violence she starts jerking off lol. The French, I swear.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          sexo, yeah, but it's still amazing how much meaning Howard packed into four pages.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >doesn't rape
      I've never read any Conan stories so I'm surprised to hear this. I just assumed that the barbarian would rape.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Read them. Now.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        He mostly just buys prostitutes

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        He's barbaric in the sense he comes from a barbarian culture, not because he's a purely reactive dimwit, who would go ape shit and malicious if rejected. He's proud, for one.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    He's the thinking man's brute. I will not elaborate.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      No need to, I think you've defined him perfectly.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I think that's why so many people like him. they go in expecting a big hulking brute who grunts and fricks and kills and what they get is an erudite, intelligent warrior who talks in full sardonic monologues and almost winks at the audience as he swoons buxom maidens.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        He's philosophical about the way he grunts, fricks and kills.

        >I have known many gods. He who denies them is as blind as he who trusts them too deeply. I seek not beyond death. It may be the blackness averred by the Nemedian skeptics, or Crom's realm of ice and cloud, or the snowy plains and vaulted halls of the Nordheimer's Valhalla. I know not, nor do I care. Let me live deep while I live; let me know the rich juices of red meat and stinging wine on my palate, the hot embrace of white arms, the mad exultation of battle when the blue blades flame and crimson, and I am content. Let teachers and philosophers brood over questions of reality and illusion. I know this: if life is illusion, then I am no less an illusion, and being thus, the illusion is real to me. I live, I burn with life, I love, I slay, and am content.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Live, Love, Slay

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >the hot embrace of white arms
          What the frick, Conan is racist?

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >being this new
            He has a type, and it's always drawn accurately.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >almost winks at the audience
        It would be extremely funny if Rogues in The House was adapted faithfully and they kept the random events plot and him braining a villain while he's monologuing.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          >nice speech moron
          >hurls chair at your head full speed killing you instantly

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >almost winks at the audience as he swoons buxom maidens
        My kinda barbarian

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Where do I start with the conan books? I've only watched the arnold movie.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      They're all self contained so you can read any of them in any order, but I'd say start with People of the Black Circle, the story OPs illustration is from. The way it introduces Conan into the story is great

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >movie
      >not movies

      WHAT. You have so much work to do...

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Is it in the cultural consciousness? I've never consumed or even encountered any Conan the Barbarian media, and I've also never heard anyone talk about it irl. I'm sure there's a subreddit for it and all that, but from where I'm sitting it seems to have no cultural capital.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >I'm sure there's a subreddit
      *Sigh*

      I get why that place is made fun of now.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      ZamoraBlack person, you are living in its wake. The Last Kingdom, Skyrim, Red Sonja, heavy metal music, the modern barbarian archetype and so much more are influenced by Howard to the point where he seems uninspired only because he has served as an inspiration so often.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        That's kind of like saying A Princess of Mars has a big cultural presence. It's true in a sense, but a bit misleading.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Exactly right,well said

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because Conan is the damndest bastard there ever was

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    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      A small indie studio needs to make another Howard movie because the fact that he briefly dated a one-time author is the least interesting thing about him.

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    i don't think there will more another, more appropriate thread for this. So here you go, enjoy:
    https://www.tumbex.com/meanwhilebackinthedungeon.tumblr/posts?page=1
    https://www.tumbex.com/swordandsorcerytales.tumblr/posts?page=1
    https://www.tumbex.com/rangers-eyrie.tumblr/posts
    https://www.tumbex.com/barbariankingdom.tumblr/posts

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      That first one supposed to be the winged beast from Queen of the Black Coast?

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    His stories pulse with virile vitality and the prose is immensely enjoyable

    There's also no homosexual highbrow pretense, REH was a genuine in his intentions and put his heart in his works
    Those qualities are admirable and sadly undervalued

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    He's just something that was popular at the time and entered the public domain.

    Conan isn't a popular or even well understood character beyond that. Even compared to Tarzan by the same author people have way less of an understanding of conan as he is presented in the works.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      > Even compared to Tarzan by the same author
      wut?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      > Even compared to Tarzan by the same author
      wut?

      Conspiracy theory: Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard are actually the same person.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Black GRRM certainly thought so.

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    REH taps into the ''untamed'' nature of men the best.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    He's the avatar of master morality "hard times-strong men-good times" generative part of the cycle that Howard was incredibly focused on (somebody probably knows which influences were those). Conan isn't just some XXL brute or athlete, he's life affirmation with balls on it, plus health, focus, grace. The chadmaxxed protag that beat out all the action hero pretenders that would drop into sentimentalism, moralism etc in-between all the heroics to appease the writer, publisher or the readership. He's the distilled thing and the framing he functions in magnifies it even more.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      well said

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Can't remember which but there's one story where Conan and the girl escape by the skin of their teeth and Conan pulls her into a kiss. She's outraged and pulls back saying, "how can you think of kisses?!" And Conan repiles "I think of life!"
      That always stuck with me as the heart of what Conan is.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      The life affirmation aspect is the most important aspect, as Howard created him as an attempt to not kill himself, which I think is beautiful

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      PS Another thing: it's a sort of triumph of materialism over priestly platonic twaddle about the next life and rejection of this one. Conan's world is juicy as frick and Crom already gave man all he needs and that's all he'll ever get. Conan's life is the rebuttal of the high-minded, rhetorically gifted type of twat, who shuns living in reality, whatever form that could take, in favor of abstaining for some invented ideal. We all realize on some level these are fussy babies, who's mutiny against primordial view of the world is only afforded them by their positions or oratory skill, but their bullshit is, none the less, a big part of the worldview in "civilized" (urbanized, scholarly) societies. Synthetic, alienated from reality, dysfunctional. Swaying people, but not actually helping with much anything. Denying human proclivities, often to no particular end. This, to Howard, must've been the Weak Men and the beginning of Bad Times.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Well said. It's interesting to compare him against other Howard heroes, philosophically. Solomon Kane is in many ways his opposite. What do you suppose Howard meant to affirm with him? Unwavering justice? The power of faith applied?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          You shouldn't presume Howard meant to 'affirm' anything with Solomon Kane. Just because he used Conan as his outlet to rail against modernity doesn't mean his other characters served a similar purpose.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            Good point, but nevertheless I was moved by his example.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          I'll tell you after I get around to reading the novels about him.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >sentimentalism, moralism
      but i like that stuff 🙁

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Me too. But I also like Conan. What do?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        moralism and morality's not the same thing

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because of Arnold Schwarzenegger. 99% of people wouldn’t know this pulp adventure book without the Ahnald movie.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I told my roommates in uni I read Conan and they looked at me like WTF is this guy talking about. I had to show them the omnibus. One guy thought I was talking about about a manga.

  15. 2 months ago
    Anonymous
  16. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    For me? It's Tower of the Elephant.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Great pick

      I want to finish the omnibus before I pick. I'm on Beyond the Black River rn

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I think my favourite I've read so far is the one where he gets locked underground in a dungeon, whichever that story is. Shadows in the Moonlight was great most of the way, but the ending felt like a cop-out. Black Colossus was pretty all around solid, and I can imagine the battle sequence would have seemed incredibly epic if you were some kid reading it in the 30's.

      My least favourite was Rogues in the House, which felt like a parody of a Conan story, rather than a real one. I don't know what was going on with Howard when he was writing that. The scene where Conan throws his traitorous woman out of a window is pretty good though.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Rogues in the house was written in one draft so it was just lazy

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >I think my favourite I've read so far is the one where he gets locked underground in a dungeon, whichever that story is.
        Scarlet Citadel. My second favorite Conan story.
        >My least favourite was Rogues in the House
        kek that's considered one of his best Conan stories. It's hilarious how he kills the villain by throwing a stool at him. It's also the only story where Conan straight up murders a completely innocent man.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        >My least favourite was Rogues in the House, which felt like a parody of a Conan story

        Sometimes life feels like a parody of life. If you haven't experienced this then you haven't experienced much.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      For me, it's The Scarlet Citadel.
      I like how disturbed Conan is by his ally of necessity and the ending makes me laugh.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Xuathal of the Dusk is my favorite for sure, even though it's often considered one of the lesser stories. It's easily one of the most bizarre ones. The opening exposition describes Conan joining the mercenary of a mad prince of Koth who has no lands of his own so seeks to conquer new lands in the south, Howard describes it as a storm cloud that slowly dwindles until they reach the edge of the Stygian desert where they are surrounded and crushed, with only Conan and his woman companion cutting their way out and escaping

  17. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Have you read any Harold Lamb stories?

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      No, why do you ask?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        He seems similar. I think he was an influence

  18. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    The movie

  19. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Movies and comics basically

  20. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Recommended Conan pastiches if you've already read the original stories and want more Conan:
    >Conan: The Shadow of Vengeance by Scott Oden (possibly the best Conan pastiche ever written)
    >Conan and the Emerald Lotus & Black Starlight by John Hocking (has another pastiche coming out soon as well)
    >Conan: Road of Kings by Karl Edward Wagner
    >Conan and the Grim Grey God by Sean Moore

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's pretty incredible that Frazetta assumed Conan was surface level dick waggling (or w/e he thought it was), didn't read it, and yet produced these visuals. A stroke of luck, maybe.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        His art may be good but his conan is not accurate
        >b-but
        Conan always wears armor. In plenty of his stories he is in late medieval/renaisance plate armor

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Hey, it's you. I'll tell you again that you have Asperger's and that Frazetta is a perfect depiction of WHAT Conan is as a concept and the particulars of his kit is utterly irrelevant.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            cope secondary

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >IT'S ABSOLUTELY VITAL DETAIL THAT CONAN WAS WEARING SABATONS
            autism
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        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          It's not accurate, sure, but it could still fall under artistic license, even had he read the novels. He loved to undress everything and give the characters bull asses.

          But the FEEL of it is really there. Maybe his agent sort of told him what these novels' vibes were or something? Otherwise, it's just pure luck he didn't go with some more affectated or whimsical imagery. Conan doing the O face and s o y pointing at the monster in the background or something of the sort. Or snuggling up to a treasure with a goofy grin.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          He's nearly naked just as much as he wears armor

  21. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    swole bros with swords are timeless, cavemen would've found them cool as will the space humans thousands of years from now

  22. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Arnold

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