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Conan was born in Cimmeria, a northern kingdom of barbarians. All of his chronicled adventures take place in the Hyborian Age. At the age of fifteen, Conan fought in the Battle of Venarium. After this, Conan, went on several adventures as chronicled in the The Nemedian Chronicles, and eventually came to be the king of Aquilonia, one of the most powerful kingdoms of the Hyborian age.

Among his foes was the Stygian wizard Thoth-Amon. After many years of ruling Aquilonia, Conan abdicated in favor of his son, Conn, and departed across the Western Ocean[33] to investigate mysterious forces which menaced Aquilonia,[7] and discover new lands to explore. His ultimate fate is not recorded.[33]


Quote1 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. 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 sandaled feet. Quote2
-- The Nemedian Chronicles
 

Origin and youth

Conan was born on a battlefield,[33] as his father Corin[72] and his tribesmen repelled a horde of Vanaheim raiders.[33] Their clan claimed an area in the northwest of Cimmeria. His grandfather was a member of a southern tribe who fled his people due to a blood feud, and joined the people of the north after long wanderings, where he raised sons then grandsons.[73]

Like all boys of Cimmeria, he was trained as a warrior from birth, but Conan possess both skills at arms and strength way over the hardiest of his race.[33] Drogin taught Conan to hunt, to wield axe and blade and many other things, but also told him tales of his youth, of his raids into the Hyborian kingdoms and of the wonders outside of Cimmeria. Conan was proud of him, for despite being too old for war, he was respected and feared by all others.[73]

When Conan was in his twelfth year, during the fourteenth of Azulon commemorative feast of the Cimmerians' victory over the Vanir War Chieftain Ernok the Slayer (and the apparent protection against the Vanir that the victory brought them), Conan was provoked to go into the forest by Brule who told him the place was haunted by Ernok's ghost. There, he stumbled upon two Vanir scouts, Gurneg and Naro. Conan lured Naro over frozen Elk Lake where the Vanir's foot fell through the glass, allowing Conan to steal his dagger and slew him. He then lured Gurneg into the lair of Dogar the Cave Bear and his mate, who devoured the Vanir. Returning to his village, his fellow villagers didn't believed him, until Conan unsheathed the Vanir dagger to threaten and mock Brule.[74]

The strongest and wildest boy of the village, Conan protected Laynnen a sickly and "different" child, from which he heard magical songs and learned that to be gentle of spirit wouldn't make him less a man.[75] He also shared his childhood with Tem,[76] and with Gharn of Cella, with whom he grew to manhood, breaking hearts and emptying purses on the way. Conan saved Gharn from many "spear enforced" weddings, while Gharn saved Conan from a Pict, and both were involved in a bar room brawl.[77]

During rare times of peace, and on trading missions, he visited Venarium, the Aquilonian outpost in Cimmeria, manned by Aquilonian Army soldiers and their allies from Gunderland. There he met Tamera and his Gunderman lover Gaeric.[9]

Drogin trained and disciplined Conan into his fourteenth year. When Drogin finally went away to die, Conan followed him up to the Eiglophian Mountains (the border with Vanaheim and Aesgaard) and was torn apart as Drogin disappeared in the snowy wastes.[73]

Rite of passage

On his fifteenth birthday, in mid-winter, he was sent into the Wooded Hills with only a sword and a bear-skin,[78] as a rite of passage.[33] He slew three wolves to steal their kill (a baby deer) and eat it, he slept under the snow under the cover of a fallen log. Rather than returning to his tribe as he could had, he decided to challenge himself by searching the high hills bordering his home, forbidden even to his tribe's warriors. There he met two Great White Bears and Ursla the bear-priestess, who brought him to her home, seduced him and mated with him,[78] giving later birth to his first son, Conobar.[79]

Returning to his tribe where the elders had declared his dead, they refused to believe his tale until he showed them a brooch she had given to him. He was then greeted by his tribesmen, who vowed to take him south with them, to march on Venarium,[78] an Aquilonian outpost.[59]

Battle of Venarium

During the "Battle of Venarium", the Cimmerians attacked the camp of Venarium.[59] During that battle, Jim O'Brien and Eleonor Rand, both present in Dagon's Cave in the 20th-century, somehow experienced the event from respectively Conan's and Tamera's perspectives.[9]

Conan allegedly received his baptism of blood there,[78] and was the first to vault the stockade walls[79][33] (or at least one of the first).[9] Gunderman Burgun tried to duel Conan but was unable to reach him.[59] He also encountered Tamera and Gaeric. As Gaeric charged him, intending to protect Tamera's retreat, Conan defeated him without drawing his sword, preventing himself from ending his opponent for some reason. He then pursued Tamera, trying (possibly from Jim O'Brien) to reassure her. Led into Dagon's cave, Conan/Jim was faced once again by Gaeric, while Tamera fled into the depths of the cave. Both Tamera and Gaeric were captured by the People of the Dark but were rescued by Conan, and the three ended up cooperating to survive the journey. Despite their efforts, Tamera and Gaeric seemingly perished.[9]


After the fell of Venarium, Conan became a hero of his tribe.[59]

A few inconsistencies exist in Conan's youth stories:

  • It is stated that Venarium was Conan's baptism of blood,[78][80][81][82] although his first slaying occurred in his twelfth year.[74]
  • Conan stated that he killed Gundermen invaders at fourteen years old.[2]

Adventurer

From then, and for years, Conan assumed multiple occupations, including mercenary,[50] treasure looter,[59] thief,[60] soldier,[45] bounty hunter,[70] nomadic war chieftain,[83] pirate captain,[84] gladiator...[69]

Vanaheim, Aesgaard and Hyperborea

After the battle of Venarium, Conan left south, without saying goodbye to Mala, [85] his childhood love.[86] He joined a party of Aesir warriors[33] as a mercenary, participating in raid against Vanaheim.[50] He remained with that band for a few months.[80][81][82]

...[50]

While in Aesgaard, Conan was attacked by Gan-Torr, the Giant One, whom he slew. He was then captured by Moira (the human favorite of King Gha-Kree of Brutheim), Zha-Gorr and another of Gan-Torr's comrade of the Brutorian Guard. Brought to Brutheim as a slave, Conan defied his masters and was to be killed in the games. Awaking the slaves' Chief Thrall Kiord's desire for freedom, he caused the slaves' rebellion. All of the Beast-Men were either killed or fled the city. Conan crowned dead Kiord as the king of the former slaves.[71]

Afterwards, he was eventually captured by Vanir.[87]

He then joined a band of Aesgaard raiders who were harrying the borders of Hyperborea, and was eventually captured by Hyperboreans[37][88] (at sixteen, for months,[89] at seventeen),[90][91][92][93][94] but escaped.[33]

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Zamora, Aquiloria, Nemedia, Corinthia and Koth

By the age of eighteen,[33] ...[95] ...[89][18][96] ...[97][98][verification needed]

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...[101] ...[102][verification needed] ...[103] ...[104][verification needed] ...[105][verification needed] ...[58] It was at that time that Aztrias told him about the Diadem of the Giant-Kings.[106] ...[58] ...[107][verification needed] ...[108][verification needed] ...[59] ...[109] ...[60] ...[110] ...[49] ...[89][111][verification needed] ...[112][113][verification needed] ...[114][verification needed] ...[115][verification needed] ...[116][verification needed] ...[117][verification needed]

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Bal-Sagoth, Hyrkania, Turan and Khitai

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Back at raiding Vanaheim

During a pause in the wars, four winters after Conan left Cimmeria, Conan returned to see Mala whom he thought could be his woman, but found his village ravaged by a Vanir raid and Mala abducted. Buying a Vanir fisherman his boat, he pursued the raiders into the Isle of Swords, where Mala was about to be forcibly wed to Thorfel the Fair. She committed suicide rather than marrying or becoming his slave, and Conan attacked the Vanir to avenge her. Helped by a party of Picts led by Brogar (came to retrieve an idol of Brule, the Spear-Slayer, stolen by other picts then by the Vanir), he slaughtered the Vanir, killed Thorfel and retrieved Mala's body.[85]

Conan became part of Aesir raiding troops in Wulfhere's band. The group was decimated by Hymdul, whom Conan killed. After encountering Atali, daughter of the Frost Giant Ymir, he killed her brothers and attempted to rape her, but was taken in a snow tempest, and retrieved by Niord and his group.[36]

In the last month of his twentieth year, Conan led a crew of pirates and raided the far Vanir Isles. One of his mission was to abduct the virgin daughter of Vanir King Hrothar, to be wed to Hog Island Vanir Chief Varax, son of Cularn.[84]

...[86]

The love of adventure soon drew him south again, to Brythunia.[143]

...[86]

Back to Turan

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Conan would later state that he killed the Demon of Dark Valley.[32][168]

Crimson Company

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Black Corsairs

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Kush

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Messantia

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Stygia

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Kush and Silver Isles

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Mountains of Madness

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City of the Winged One

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Kush and the Black Kingdoms

War-chief of the Bamula

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Adventuring solo

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Shem

Buryat

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Road to Akkharia

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Akkharian army

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Back to Cimmeria

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Khoraja

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Kozaks

...About 28 years old, Conan became the leader of the kozaks.[252]

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...[254][255]

Khauran

...[35]

...[256]

Zuagirs

At about 30, Conan joined the Zuagirs.[257][258][105][259][12][260][261][262][263][264][265][266][267]

At 31,[12][260][261][262][268] after remaining with them for a year or two,[142] the Zuagirs attacked a religious caravan and looted the idol of the Cat-Goddess. Influenced by the idol, Conan drove the Zuagirs into raids with heavy casualties, until Fazal deposed him and took his place, stealing the idol in the process. Driven by the idol, Fazal attacked a city, with terrible losses. Conan was able to kill him, hurled the idol away in the desert,[83] ...[269]

... far to the south,[12][260][262] along the northeastern border of Stygia, near Zamboula.[261]

Gladiator in Aquilonia

At 32 years old, Conan was a gladiator in the arenas of Aquilonia.[69]

Bandit in Turanian desert

Conan established himself as the leader a small and highly efficient gang of mercenaries turned outlaw, and harried the desert outpost of the Turanian empire.

At 32 or 33, he left his companions and went southeast, into Vendhya.[270]

Afghuli chief

At perhaps 34, Conan was the chief of Afghuli tribesmen living in the foothills of the Himelias, and caused serious annoyance to both Vendhyans and Yezdigerd's frontier-breaking Turanians as part of Turan's policy of expansion on the southeastern frontier.[271]

...[272][273][274]

...[275]

At 35 years old, Conan wondered about his aging.[41]

...[276]

...[277]

Buccaneer

For several years,[278][279][280] he was one of the fierce Barachan pirate.[281]

At about 37, he joined their rival, the Zingaran buccaneers.[281][41][282][283][284]

Free Companions

...[33]

...[31][285][286]

Some time after the adventure in Xuchotl, Conan lost Valeria. Possibly a little over 38 ar the time, after hearing about the fabulous Teeth of Gwhlur jewels hodden somwhere in the Black Kingdom of Keshan, he signed up as a trainer of Keshan's armies.[39]

Pictish Wars

Nearing 40 years old,[287] Conan made the (fateful) choice of joining the Aquilonian Army as a frontier scout[33] in Conajohara,[287] during the Pictish Wars.[33]

...[288]

...[289][290]

...[287]

Thanks to his deeds, Conan's reputation preceded him, and he rose to the rank of general.

At that position, he defeated the Picts at the Battle of Velitrium.[33]

Aquilonia conquest

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King Conan of Aquilonia

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Abdication and travel westwards

Several years after the death of his wife, Conan abdicated in favor of his son Conn and went on to the Western Ocean, to the western mainland of Mayapan, perhaps his last travel.[13][33]

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...[13]

The Nemedian Chronicles didn't mentioned his death and offered little information on the days after his voyage to Mayapan.[33]

Possible death

In Valusia, circa 18,500 BC, Kull and his soldiers witness inscription of the story of a mighty warrior whose totem was the lion defending his homeland from invaders, slaying a king and stealing his crown to rule a mighty land from a throne in a wondrous city, until something slew the king and his followers, and ruled a barren wasteland. Kull rejected it as being his history, noting that his totem was the tiger and not the lion, and that he didn't came from a "land of mountains and ice".[300] The "Mighty Warrior" could be Conan, although, the end of the warrior, killed while being a king, doesn't fit with the last known adventures of Conan (see notes).

Legacy

Conan's family

Conn ruled after his father, as King Conan II of Aquilonia.[33]

Nemedian Chronicles

The adventures of Conan were recounted in the Nemedian Chronicles,[225][160][301][302][303] presumably written in the Nemedian Acadamy of Belverus, capital of Nemedia, where the young scribe Nicos Iristides was tasked in recording the exploits of Conan and notably compiled at least part of his encounters with Wraarl the Devourer of Souls (Nicos helped Conan against the Devourer of Souls in a one of their encounters).[304]

Modern Age

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Conan's adventures were published into Marvel Comics Groups' comics,[307] and became part of pop culture.[308][16] Bruce Banner tried to use those adventures as a role-model for his son, the barbarian hulked-out Skaar.[307]

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Conan followed a rough code of honor throughout his life. Although willing to engaged in acts of thievery and mercenary work, he remained loyal to those he genuinely saw as comrades. Conan was an unrepentant womanizer for much of his life, but he remained respectful of women. He was at times shocked by how “civilized” people of his era sold their daughters and treated them like property.

Conan was a fiercely proud man, preferring death to surrender. As a young man, Conan would kill a man for insulting him, although by middle-age he had mellowed somewhat to the point that he allowed the poet Reinaldo to vilify him in ballads, partially out of a belief that poets were more powerful than monarchs, and partially out of fondness for the mad poet’s art.

As king of Aquilonia, Conan showed genuine love and concern for his subjects. He once boasted that under his rule “no Aquilonian noble dares maltreat the humblest of [his] subjects.”[309]

While Conan was considered a usurper king due to his lack of royal ancestry, he considered himself better than several hereditary monarchs of his era, and mocked their "divine right to rule.: "Gleaming shell of an outworn lie; fable of Right divine You gained your crowns by heritage, but Blood was the price of mine. The throne that I won by blood and sweat, by Crom, I will not sell For promise of valleys filled with gold, or threat of the Halls of Hell!" [309]

Relationships

Mala was his childhood love,[86] and Conan thought her as possibly the woman of his life.[85]

At fifteen, seemingly unknowing of the ways of love, he was seduced by Ursla who made his a man.[78]

Conan mated or shared romantic interest with Tara[50][verification needed] Moira,[71][verification needed] Jenna,[citation needed] Queen Zenoria of Aquiloria (the wife of an alternate version of himself),[66] Naia,[163] Queen Fatima of Zahmahn,[49] Queen Melissandra of Makkalet,[127][verification needed] Bêlit,[174] Queen Vammatar of Hyperborea.[310]

He tried to approach Sonja, who repelled his advances to later,[62] then totally.[160]

Though he declared that he had never forced himself on a woman,[269] he once attempted to rape Atali, daughter of Ymir,[36] and was tempted to force himself on Isparina.[311]

Religion

Conan stated that he worshiped Crom only,[49] whom he regularly invoked.[50][71] However, he invoked the names of the Cimmerian gods,[9] other Tuatha de Danaan,[312] such as Morrigan,[101][118][46][132] Macha[101][118][46][132][160][171] and Nemain,[101][132][171][160] Mannanan Mac lir,[118] Badb,[132] but also "all the gods of the Frozen North",[129] and other gods, such as Mitra[121][47][48][127][129][130][131][141][159][32] (even sometimes invoked as "Holy Mitra")[171] and Ishtar,[127][134][141][158][313] whom he personally met and helped (despite doubting her godhood).[157] He sometimes invoked Ymir's,[36][158][32] Bel's[159] and Erlik.[314]

Early in his career, Conan sometimes disdained other people's invocations of Mitra[49] (despite his later frequent invocations of his name) but later confessed that he would light a candle to Mitra if he was able to slay a monster by the blade alone,[86] and of Tarim[46] (as well as his idols),[45] but was admirative when Fafnir's invocations of Ymir, Bragi and the Gods of the North seemingly accomplished a feat of great strength.[61]

He soon learned to be wary about offending gods,[169] and declared that he feared all the gods (but not their statues or idols).[183] At 30, he was known as a man who didn't mock the gods, especially those unknown to him.[257]

Powers

  • Inhuman Strength: Conan possessed strength way over the hardiest of his race.[33] Conan was physically one of the most powerful humans who ever lived,[citation needed] considered as having the strength of ten[60] to twenty men.[118]
  • Peak Human Durability: Conan's great physical size, musculature and mental toughness is considered to have the ability to withstand injury superior to those of ordinary humans.[citation needed] His skeleton (or at least his skull) was seemingly more resistant than the norm: he was simply knocked out when falling on the head in a ravine, when others' would had been split open.[193]
    • He was also more resistant to poison, ending up a "living corpse" instead of dead after ingesting juice of the Purple Lotus which should had killed an ordinary man,[21] or two.[294] Similarly, Conan considered that there was "no such thing as too much to drink", and awakened every morning with a clear head.[315]
  • Peak Human Endurance: Conan could stay awake for days as well as exert himself for a considerable amount of time without rest before showing any signs of fatigue.[citation needed]
  • Preternatural Speed and Agility: Conan possessed considerably greater speed and agility than a man of his size should have; his speed and agility were often compared to that of a jungle cat.[citation needed]
  • Enhanced Senses: Conan was born and raised in the dark grey hills of Cimmeria, and spent much time outdoors-as both a necessity and as a form of leisure; as such, he developed senses of vision,[citation needed] smell (he could sometimes smell Purple Lotus drug in wine),[254] and hearing[32] that were several times more acute than those of a "civilized" human.[citation needed]

Abilities

  • Wilderness Instinct: Having been raised as a barbarian, Conan had time from birth to nurture a survival instinct lost to most other humans. This very instinct had saved his life on many occasions, making him an even more formidable warrior.[citation needed]
  • Master Warrior: Conan was a highly formidable armed and unarmed combatant. He had been trained to use most weapons available to his time with great ability. His skill, brutality and intensity was unsurpassed and he had been shown to kill highly skilled and armed opponents by the score, whether armed or bare-handed.[citation needed] Conan possessed skills at arms way over the hardiest of his race.[33] He learned the use of a bow while in Hyrkania.[174]
  • Master Athlete: In addition to his raw strength, Conan was trained and experienced in a variety of athletic fields, including swimming, mountainineering, and horseback riding. Conan frequently performed feats that other men considered impossible, such a small scaling nearly-sheer cliff faces.
  • Master Tactician and Strategist: Conan was a born leader and commander of men. His vast experiences in battle gave him considerable tactical and strategic knowledge.[citation needed]
  • Multi-Lingual: Conan was exceptionally intelligent and able to speak, read and write multiple modern and ancient languages:[citation needed] enough Hyperborean to be understood,[316] Ophirean,[215][228] Pictish, though he wasn't fluent,[288] Stygian,[317] Shemite (or Shem)[26] (including some of its offshots),[269] Pelishtic,[24] (he could even decipher a few informations from a scroll in archaic Pelishtic),[8] pretty bad Hyrkanian[62][45] (including Hyrkanian dialects) and "never too good" Zamorian.[158] He stated he had mastered Amazon,[196] he seemingly master the tongue of Darfar, and was able to talk with someone who spoke in a tongue similar on the Seventh Isle of Doom.[318] He also was familiar with a some Kushite dialects, though not all.[26] He learned the language of Antillia.[7] He also recognized accents and intonations in other languages.[196] He knew to read Thelic.[319]
  • Master of Stealth: As he was raised in a wilderness environment, Conan possessed sufficient stealth to surprise forest animals. This was further honed during Conan's career as a thief.[citation needed] He was also able to move with little noise.[317]

Strength level

Conan possessed strength way over the hardiest of his race.[33] Conan was stated and had demonstrated, on several occasions, that his physical strength was above the finest human (Hyborian Age) athletes.[citation needed] Strength Scale# Superhuman Conan was physically one of the strongest humans who ever lived;[citation needed] as demonstrated by overpowering the physically bigger strangler Baal-Pteor,[citation needed] and breaking the neck of a wild Cimmerian bull when he was only a teenager.[citation needed] Conan consistently demonstrated feats of power in his strikes, such as easily breaking the bones of humans and beasts alike.[citation needed] Additionally, Conan could crush bone with his grip strength alone, as demonstrated on numerous occasions.[citation needed] Conan was stated to have the strength of ten[60] to twenty men.[118][citation needed]



Equipment

Whatever the situation called for at the time.

Transportation

Conan generally traveled on horseback.

Weapons

A wide variety of bladed weapons, though he usually preferred a two-handed Broadsword.

For a time, he wielded the War-Chief's Spear of the Bamulas.[64][213]

Creation and licensing

  • Conan was created by Robert E. Howard and later licensed by Marvel Comics, but is now under license to Dark Horse Comics. Marvel introduced a number of unique characters through the Conan books over which it remains in full control. Similarly, a number of characters central to the Conan story (such as his patron god, Crom), have sporadic but important roles in the early history of Marvel's Earth-616.
    • Conan is the licensed property of Paradox Entertainment, Inc. and its affiliated company, Conan Properties International LLC.
    • While Conan as a character is still claimed to be protected under copyright and owned by various companies, most of the original Conan stories by Robert E. Howard (d. 1936) were published over 80 years ago and are considered to have passed into the public domain. Several of them are available to read online in websites such as Project Gutenberg[320] and Wikisource,[321] which cover public domain works. However, Howard stories which were published posthumously are probably still under copyright. In the case of several incomplete or unpublished Howard stories which were completed, edited, or otherwise modified by other writers, following his death and prior to their original publication, they are all still under copyright and will continue to be so for several decades.
    • Conan the Barbarian will be returning to Marvel Comics sometime in 2019.[322]
  • Conan's actual first appearance in any media is the short story The Phoenix on the Sword, which was published in Weird Tales magazine during 1932. Writer Robert E. Howard actually based this story on one of his older, unpublished stories starring Kull. This particular story was called By This Axe I Rule! and was written in 1929, but would not be published until 1967.
  • Conan's debut story The Phoenix on the Sword also introduced the sorcerer Thoth-Amon. In this story, Conan and Thoth-Amon happen to have enemies in common. Thoth-Amon's plot to eliminate his enemies ends up almost killing Conan as well. The two characters did not meet in person, and were mostly unaware of each other's existence. Robert E. Howard included plots and mentions of Thoth-Amon in several other Conan stories, but the sorcerer and Conan never met in person in his works. However, the pastiche writers, who continued writing Conan stories following Howard's death, felt that Thoth-Amon was the closest thing to an archenemy Conan ever had. They greatly expanded Thoth-Amon's role in their stories, and the Marvel Comics writers mostly followed their example. The Earth-616 versions of the two characters had a long-running series of hostile encounters, starting with Conan in his early 20s and ending with a middle-aged Conan who has a grown-up son.
  • Conan's creator Robert E. Howard intended for his stories to follow Conan's long life and career from early life to old age, but never intended to create or publish the stories in chronological order. The original Conan story The Phoenix on the Sword (1932) introduced Conan as a middle-aged man who had recently claimed the throne of Aquilonia and faced assassination plots. The short story The Scarlet Citadel (1933) and the novel The Hour of the Dragon (1936) also feature King Conan facing efforts to depose him, foreign invasions, and an attempt to restore a long-dead empire. But these are the only stories to follow this example. The rest of the Conan tales by Howard feature a younger or much younger Conan, and jump back and forth in time. The chronological clues are sometimes clear and other times vague, leading to various Conan scholars coming up with contradictory timelines for the events depicted. For example, it is generally agreed that the short story "The Tower of the Elephant (1933), which features a novice Conan who is still new to civilization, takes place very early in Conan's life. Most estimates have him being a teenager in this story, though there are disagreements on whether he is underage or just entering adulthood. Meanwhile the chronological clues in the short story "The Frost-Giant's Daughter" (1932), where Conan faces a daughter of Ymir in the far north of the Hyborian world, are vague to non-existent. Other Conan scholars have placed this as the chronologically earliest Conan story with Conan barely 15 or 16 years-old, while others argue that it features an experienced Conan who is at least in his 30s. This style of storytelling has influenced the Marvel version of the Conan tales, where stories were also not published in chronological order. Various Marvel writers have attempted to give chronological clues as to where to place their stories in Conan's timeline, while others did not even try and their stories feature no actual clues about their placement.
  • Following the death of Robert E. Howard in 1936, a large number of writers have written additional Conan short stories and novels. Among them were Björn Nyberg, L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter, Andrew J. Offutt, Karl Edward Wagner, Poul Anderson, Robert Jordan, John Maddox Roberts, Steve Perry, Leonard Carpenter, Roland Green, Sean A. Moore, John C. Hocking, Harry Turtledove, Loren L. Coleman, Richard A. Knaak, Jeff Mariotte, and Michael A. Stackpole. Their works form an extended canon of Conan literature, and they have often added their personal vision of the Hyborian world in each book. Marvel Comics has licensed and adapted at least part of these works, and also several of the original characters introduced in them. In some cases, like with Isparana (an Andrew J. Offutt creation), the characters went on to make many more appearances than the mere adaptation of the original novel.

Chronology

  • The current list of Conan literary stories in chronological order starts with the novel Conan of Venarium (2003) and ends with the novel Conan of the Isles (1968). The first features Conan when 14 or 15 years-old and taking part in the Battle of Venarium, the event which Robert E. Howard mentioned as Conan's first battle but never fully depicted. The second features Conan in his 60s, abdicating the throne of Aquilonia in favor of his grown-up son, having one last recorded adventure in the Western Ocean (the Hyborian name for the Atlantic Ocean) and the Antillian Isles, and sailing further west towards the Americas. Marvel Comics has at times depicted events involving the Battle of Venarium in their stories, and flashback tales to Conan's childhood and early teenage years. It has also adapted the "Conan of the Isles" novel and published at least one tale which serves as its sequel, "The Necromancers of Na'at" in Conan the Savage #10 (May, 1996). It has Conan losing all his crew but continuing to sail towards the Americas.
  • In "Song of the Dead", Savage Sword of Conan #124, Kull and his soldiers witness inscription of the story of a mighty warrior whose totem is the lion defending his homeland from invaders, slaying a king and stealing his crown to rule a mighty land from a throne in a wondrous city, until something slew the king and his followers, and ruled a barren wasteland. Kull rejects it as his history, noting that his totem is the tiger and not the lion, and that he doesn't comes from a "land of mountains and ice". The "Mighty Warrior" could be Conan, who fought his homeland invaders (presumably the Aquilonians and Gundermen of Venarium, or possibly the Picts, Hyperboreans or Vanir), slew King Numedides of Aquilonia, stole his crown and ruled Aquilonia from Tarantia. However, the end of the warrior, killed while being a king, doesn't fit with the last known adventures of Conan.
  • In the first Conan story, "The Phoenix on the Sword", Epemitreus the Sage (a good sorcerer who has been supposedly dead for 1500 years) grants Conan a magical symbol to use against dark magic. It is the symbol of the Phoenix on Conan's sword. Marvel has adapted this story, but it was never clarified if the symbol has any connections to the Phoenix Force.
  • Conan is probably long dead, but the circumstances of his death have never been depicted. Lin Carter did write a narrative poem called "Death-Song of Conan the Cimmerian" (1972) (adapted in Savage Sword of Conan #7), which has an elderly Conan facing his own mortality and approaching death. But the topic of the poem is Conan contemplating his past life, all the people he has met, all the lessons he has learned, and declaring that he has no regrets, with no actual telling of his death.
  • When he was part of the Aquilonian Army against the Picts , Conan didn't considered himself to have been the king of a civilized country,[323] despite having been king:
  • Reading a Conan comics, Skaar thought Conan needed a bigger sword.[307]
  • Jean Grey considered Namor as emitting "underwater Conan the Destroyer" vibe.[16]

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Footnotes

  1. Savage Sword of Conan #145; Sword and Scrolls letters page, answer to Chris Clark: "Conan is his full name."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Conan the Barbarian #33
  3. 3.0 3.1 Conan the Barbarian #51
  4. 4.0 4.1 Conan the Barbarian #74
  5. 5.0 5.1 Conan the Barbarian #117
  6. Savage Sword of Conan #214
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 Conan the Barbarian Annual #7 / Marvel Graphic Novel #42, Part I: Red Shadows and Black Kraken!
  8. 8.0 8.1 Savage Sword of Conan #25
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 9.8 Savage Sword of Conan #6; People of the Dark
  10. 10.0 10.1 Conan the Barbarian #84
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Savage Sword of Conan #2
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 Savage Sword of Conan #11
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Conan the Savage #10; The Necromancers of Na'at
  14. 14.0 14.1 Conan the Barbarian #56
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Conan the Barbarian #120
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Jean Grey #3
  17. Savage Sword of Conan #37
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Savage Sword of Conan #54; The Stalker Amid the Sands
  19. Savage Sword of Conan #153; Blood on the Sand
  20. Savage Sword of Conan #125
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Savage Sword of Conan #50
  22. Savage Sword of Conan #77; The Cave Dwellers!
  23. 23.0 23.1 Marvel Graphic Novel #42: Conan of the Isles, Part III: Gods of Light and Darkness!
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 Savage Sword of Conan #36
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 Savage Sword of Conan #123; Secret of the Great Stone
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Savage Sword of Conan #149; Slaves of the Circle
  27. 27.0 27.1 Conan the Barbarian #121
  28. 28.0 28.1 Conan the Barbarian #76
  29. Conan the Barbarian #273
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 King Conan #1
  31. 31.0 31.1 Savage Tales #2; Red Nails
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 32.3 32.4 32.5 Conan the Barbarian #271
  33. 33.00 33.01 33.02 33.03 33.04 33.05 33.06 33.07 33.08 33.09 33.10 33.11 33.12 33.13 33.14 33.15 33.16 33.17 33.18 33.19 33.20 33.21 33.22 33.23 33.24 33.25 33.26 33.27 Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Conan's entry
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 Conan the Barbarian #106
  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 35.3 35.4 Savage Sword of Conan #5
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 Savage Tales #1; The Frost Giant's Daughter
  37. 37.0 37.1 Savage Sword of Conan #39
  38. Savage Sword of Conan #140
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Savage Sword of Conan #25; Jewels of Gwahlur!
  40. Savage Sword of Conan #162; The Horned God
  41. 41.0 41.1 41.2 41.3 Savage Sword of Conan #41
  42. 42.0 42.1 Savage Sword of Conan #3
  43. 43.0 43.1 Conan the Barbarian #38
  44. 44.0 44.1 Conan the Barbarian #30
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 45.4 45.5 Conan the Barbarian #29
  46. 46.0 46.1 46.2 46.3 46.4 46.5 46.6 Conan the Barbarian #20
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 47.3 47.4 47.5 Conan the Barbarian #18
  48. 48.0 48.1 48.2 48.3 Conan the Barbarian #19
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 49.3 49.4 49.5 Conan the Barbarian #12
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 50.4 50.5 50.6 50.7 50.8 50.9 Conan the Barbarian #1
  51. Conan the Adventurer #1
  52. Savage Sword of Conan #145
  53. Savage Sword of Conan #147
  54. Savage Sword of Conan #159
  55. 55.0 55.1 55.2 Conan the Savage #2; Stalker of the Snows
  56. Savage Sword of Conan #45; The Gem In the Tower
  57. 57.0 57.1 Conan the Savage #3; Blood Rimmed Tide
  58. 58.0 58.1 58.2 Conan the Barbarian #7
  59. 59.0 59.1 59.2 59.3 59.4 59.5 59.6 59.7 Conan the Barbarian #8
  60. 60.0 60.1 60.2 60.3 60.4 60.5 Conan the Barbarian #10
  61. 61.0 61.1 61.2 Conan the Barbarian #17
  62. 62.0 62.1 62.2 62.3 Conan the Barbarian #24
  63. 63.0 63.1 63.2 63.3 63.4 63.5 Savage Sword of Conan #119
  64. 64.0 64.1 64.2 Conan the Barbarian #101
  65. 65.0 65.1 65.2 Conan the Barbarian #80
  66. 66.0 66.1 66.2 66.3 66.4 Savage Sword of Conan #93
  67. 67.0 67.1 Conan the Barbarian #81
  68. Conan the Savage #8
  69. 69.0 69.1 69.2 Conan the Savage #2
  70. 70.0 70.1 Conan the Savage #5
  71. 71.0 71.1 71.2 71.3 Conan the Barbarian #2
  72. Conan the Barbarian #258
  73. 73.0 73.1 73.2 73.3 Conan the Barbarian #119
  74. 74.0 74.1 Savage Sword of Conan #89; Rite of Blood!
  75. 75.0 75.1 Conan the Barbarian #128
  76. Savage Sword of Conan #128; Curse of the Ageless Ones
  77. 77.0 77.1 Conan the Barbarian #132
  78. 78.0 78.1 78.2 78.3 78.4 78.5 78.6 Conan the Barbarian #48
  79. 79.0 79.1 79.2 Conan the Barbarian #145
  80. 80.0 80.1 Savage Sword of Conan #53's recap
  81. 81.0 81.1 Savage Sword of Conan #54's recap
  82. 82.0 82.1 Savage Sword of Conan #55's recap
  83. 83.0 83.1 Savage Sword of Conan #9; The Curse of the Cat-Goddess
  84. 84.0 84.1 Conan the Savage #3
  85. 85.0 85.1 85.2 Savage Tales #4; Night of the Dark God
  86. 86.0 86.1 86.2 86.3 86.4 86.5 Conan the Barbarian #46
  87. 87.0 87.1 Conan the Barbarian #69
  88. 88.0 88.1 88.2 Conan the Barbarian #92
  89. 89.0 89.1 89.2 Savage Sword of Conan #53
  90. 90.0 90.1 Conan the Barbarian #3
  91. Savage Sword of Conan #77's recap
  92. Savage Sword of Conan #81's recap
  93. Savage Sword of Conan #84's recap
  94. Savage Sword of Conan #93's recap
  95. Conan the Barbarian #4
  96. Savage Sword of Conan #55
  97. Savage Sword of Conan #99; One Night at the Maul
  98. Savage Sword of Conan #100; When a God Lives!
  99. Savage Sword of Conan #84
  100. Savage Sword of Conan #104
  101. 101.0 101.1 101.2 101.3 Conan the Barbarian #5
  102. Savage Sword of Conan #81
  103. Conan the Barbarian #6
  104. Marvel Graphic Novel #59
  105. 105.0 105.1 Savage Sword of Conan #8; The Forever Phial
  106. 106.0 106.1 Conan the Barbarian #90
  107. Savage Sword of Conan #118; Valley of Howling Shadows
  108. Savage Sword of Conan #161
  109. Conan the Barbarian #9
  110. Conan the Barbarian #11
  111. Savage Sword of Conan #54
  112. Savage Sword of Conan #57
  113. Savage Sword of Conan #58
  114. 114.0 114.1 Conan the Barbarian #116
  115. Savage Sword of Conan #100; The Gift
  116. Savage Sword of Conan #91; The Beast
  117. Savage Sword of Conan #77
  118. 118.0 118.1 118.2 118.3 118.4 118.5 Conan the Barbarian #13
  119. Savage Sword of Conan #120
  120. Conan the Barbarian #14
  121. 121.0 121.1 Conan the Barbarian #15
  122. Savage Sword of Conan #70
  123. Savage Sword of Conan #189; Eye of the Storm
  124. Savage Sword of Conan #176
  125. Conan the Barbarian #21
  126. Conan the Barbarian #22
  127. 127.0 127.1 127.2 127.3 Conan the Barbarian #23
  128. Conan the Barbarian #25
  129. 129.0 129.1 129.2 Conan the Barbarian #26
  130. 130.0 130.1 Conan the Barbarian #27
  131. 131.0 131.1 Conan the Barbarian #28
  132. 132.0 132.1 132.2 132.3 132.4 Conan the Barbarian #31
  133. Conan the Barbarian #32
  134. 134.0 134.1 Conan the Barbarian #34
  135. Conan the Barbarian #35
  136. Savage Sword of Conan #135; Phantasm
  137. Conan the Barbarian #36
  138. Savage Sword of Conan #110; Dinner Guest
  139. Savage Sword of Conan #154; To Fight Another Day
  140. Savage Sword of Conan #113; A Quiet Place
  141. 141.0 141.1 141.2 Conan the Barbarian #37
  142. 142.0 142.1 142.2 Savage Sword of Conan #33
  143. Savage Sword of Conan #34
  144. Savage Sword of Conan #3; Demons at the Summit
  145. Savage Sword of Conan #115
  146. Savage Sword of Conan #123; The Debt of a Warrior
  147. Conan the Barbarian #39
  148. Savage Sword of Conan #72
  149. Savage Sword of Conan #207
  150. Savage Sword of Conan #208
  151. Savage Sword of Conan #209
  152. Savage Sword of Conan #210
  153. Conan Lord of the Spiders #1
  154. Conan Lord of the Spiders #2
  155. Conan Lord of the Spiders #3
  156. Marvel Comics Super Special #9; The Trail of the Bloodstained God
  157. 157.0 157.1 Conan the Barbarian #40
  158. 158.0 158.1 158.2 158.3 Conan the Barbarian #41
  159. 159.0 159.1 159.2 Conan the Barbarian #42
  160. 160.0 160.1 160.2 160.3 160.4 Savage Sword of Conan #1; Curse of the Undead-Man
  161. Conan the Barbarian #43
  162. Conan the Barbarian #44
  163. 163.0 163.1 Savage Tales #5; The Secret of Skull River!
  164. Conan the Barbarian #45
  165. Conan the Barbarian #47
  166. Conan the Barbarian #49
  167. Conan the Barbarian #50
  168. Conan the Barbarian #272's narrator mentions it as well
  169. 169.0 169.1 Conan the Barbarian #52
  170. Conan the Barbarian #53
  171. 171.0 171.1 171.2 171.3 Conan the Barbarian #54
  172. Conan the Barbarian #55
  173. Conan the Barbarian #57
  174. 174.0 174.1 174.2 Conan the Barbarian #58
  175. Conan the Barbarian #59
  176. Conan the Barbarian #60
  177. Conan the Barbarian #61
  178. Conan the Barbarian #62
  179. Conan the Barbarian #63
  180. Conan the Barbarian #65
  181. Conan the Barbarian #66
  182. Marvel Feature Vol 2 #6
  183. 183.0 183.1 Conan the Barbarian #67
  184. Marvel Feature Vol 2 #7
  185. Conan the Barbarian #68
  186. Conan the Barbarian #70
  187. Conan the Barbarian #71
  188. Conan the Barbarian #72
  189. Conan the Barbarian #73
  190. Conan the Barbarian #75
  191. Conan the Barbarian #77
  192. Conan the Barbarian #78
  193. 193.0 193.1 Conan the Barbarian #79
  194. Conan the Barbarian #82
  195. Conan the Barbarian #83
  196. 196.0 196.1 196.2 Savage Sword of Conan #97
  197. Conan the Barbarian #85
  198. Conan the Barbarian #86
  199. Conan the Barbarian #87
  200. Conan the Barbarian #88
  201. Conan the Barbarian #89
  202. Conan the Barbarian #91
  203. Conan the Barbarian #93
  204. Conan the Barbarian #94
  205. Conan the Barbarian #95
  206. Conan the Barbarian #96
  207. Conan the Barbarian #97
  208. Conan the Barbarian #98
  209. Conan the Barbarian #99
  210. Conan the Savage #3; Into the Frozen Land
  211. Conan the Savage #4; Within the Mountain of Madness
  212. Conan the Barbarian #100
  213. 213.0 213.1 Conan the Barbarian #102
  214. Conan the Barbarian #103
  215. 215.0 215.1 Conan the Barbarian #104
  216. 216.0 216.1 Conan the Barbarian #105
  217. Conan the Barbarian #107
  218. Conan the Barbarian #108
  219. Conan the Barbarian #109
  220. Conan the Barbarian #110
  221. Conan the Barbarian #111
  222. 222.0 222.1 Conan the Barbarian #112
  223. Conan the Barbarian #113
  224. Conan the Barbarian #114
  225. 225.0 225.1 Conan the Barbarian #115
  226. Conan the Barbarian #118
  227. Savage Sword of Conan #26
  228. 228.0 228.1 Conan the Barbarian #122
  229. Conan the Barbarian #123
  230. Conan the Barbarian #124
  231. Conan the Barbarian #125
  232. Conan the Barbarian #126
  233. Conan the Barbarian #127
  234. Conan the Barbarian #129
  235. Conan the Barbarian #130
  236. Conan the Barbarian #131
  237. Conan the Barbarian #133
  238. Conan the Barbarian #134
  239. Conan the Barbarian #135
  240. Conan the Barbarian #143
  241. Conan the Barbarian #144
  242. Conan the Barbarian #146
  243. Conan the Barbarian #147
  244. Conan the Barbarian #148
  245. Conan the Barbarian #149
  246. Conan the Barbarian #150
  247. Conan the Barbarian #151
  248. Conan the Barbarian #152
  249. Conan the Barbarian #153
  250. Savage Sword of Conan #3; At the Mountain of the Moon-God / Chapter 2: Where Dark Death Soars
  251. Savage Sword of Conan #70's recap
  252. Savage Sword of Conan #62's recap
  253. Savage Sword of Conan #15; The Devil in Iron
  254. 254.0 254.1 Savage Sword of Conan #31
  255. Savage Sword of Conan #32
  256. Savage Sword of Conan #29; Child of Sorcery
  257. 257.0 257.1 Savage Sword of Conan #6; The Sleeper Beneath the Sands
  258. Savage Sword of Conan #7; The Citadel at the Center of Time
  259. Savage Sword of Conan #9; The Curse of the Cat-Goddess's recap
  260. 260.0 260.1 260.2 Savage Sword of Conan #12; The Haunters of Castle Crimson
  261. 261.0 261.1 261.2 Savage Sword of Conan #14; Shadows in Zamboula
  262. 262.0 262.1 262.2 Savage Sword of Conan #28
  263. Savage Sword of Conan #63's recap
  264. Savage Sword of Conan #76's recap
  265. Savage Sword of Conan #87's recap
  266. Savage Sword of Conan #88's recap
  267. Savage Sword of Conan #102's recap
  268. Savage Sword of Conan #65's recap
  269. 269.0 269.1 269.2 Savage Sword of Conan #35
  270. Savage Sword of Conan #103's recap
  271. Savage Sword of Conan #16; The People of the Black Circle / A Barbarian from the Hills / The Sorcery of Khemsa / Reavers of the Hills
  272. Savage Sword of Conan #17
  273. Savage Sword of Conan #18
  274. Savage Sword of Conan #19; The People of the Black Circle Part 4: Vengeance in Vendhya
  275. Savage Sword of Conan #20; The Slithering Shadow
  276. Savage Sword of Conan #21
  277. Savage Sword of Conan #45
  278. Savage Sword of Conan #68's recap
  279. Savage Sword of Conan #69's recap
  280. Savage Sword of Conan #73's recap
  281. 281.0 281.1 Savage Sword of Conan #40
  282. Savage Sword of Conan #42
  283. Savage Sword of Conan #43
  284. Savage Sword of Conan #44
  285. Savage Tales #3; The Lurker from the Catacombs
  286. Savage Tales #3; He Comes from the Dark
  287. 287.0 287.1 287.2 Savage Sword of Conan #46
  288. 288.0 288.1 Savage Sword of Conan #135; Three Lives for N'Garthl
  289. Savage Sword of Conan #26; Beyond the Black River
  290. Savage Sword of Conan #27
  291. Savage Sword of Conan #47
  292. Savage Sword of Conan #48
  293. Savage Sword of Conan #49
  294. 294.0 294.1 Savage Sword of Conan #51
  295. Savage Sword of Conan #52
  296. Savage Sword of Conan #30; The Scarlet Citadel
  297. Savage Sword of Conan #8; Conan the Conqueror Part 5: Corsairs Against Stygia
  298. Savage Sword of Conan #10
  299. Marvel Graphic Novel #42: Conan of the Isles, Part II: Dragons from an Unknown Sea!
  300. Savage Sword of Conan #124; Song of the Dead
  301. Marvel Comics Super Special #9; Day of the Red Judgement
  302. Savage Sword of Conan #68; Black Cloaks of Ophir
  303. Giant-Size Conan #1; Conan the Conqueror - The Hour of the Dragon - Chapter One
  304. Savage Sword of Conan #109; The Shatterer of Worlds
  305. Savage Sword of Conan #200
  306. Epic Illustrated #34; Death of a Legend
  307. 307.0 307.1 307.2 Incredible Hulk #602
  308. Slapstick Vol 2 #2
  309. 309.0 309.1 The Scarlet Citadel
  310. Conan the Barbarian #254
  311. Savage Sword of Conan #55; Black Lotus and Yellow Death
  312. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #3; Council of Godheads's entry
  313. Savage Sword of Conan #1
  314. Savage Sword of Conan #7
  315. Savage Sword of Conan #137; The Lost Legion
  316. Savage Sword of Conan #146; Pillar of the Sky
  317. 317.0 317.1 Savage Sword of Conan #20
  318. Savage Sword of Conan #136; Seventh Isle of Doom
  319. Savage Sword of Conan #64
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  323. Savage Sword of Conan #27; The Children of Jhebbal Sag
  324. The Appendix Listing of Alternate Realities



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