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The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

Howard, Robert E., 1906-1936 (Book - 2005 )
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The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
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Random House, Inc.
“Between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities . . . 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 . . . to tread
the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet.”

Conan is one of the greatest fictional heroes ever created–a swordsman who cuts a swath across the lands of the Hyborian Age, facing powerful sorcerers, deadly creatures, and ruthless armies of thieves and reavers.

In a meteoric career that spanned a mere twelve years before his tragic suicide, Robert E. Howard single-handedly invented the genre that came to be called sword and sorcery. Collected in this volume, profusely illustrated by artist Mark Schultz, are Howard’s first thirteen Conan stories, appearing in their original versions–in some cases for the first time in more than seventy years–and in the order Howard wrote them. Along with classics of dark fantasy like “The Tower of the Elephant” and swashbuckling adventure like “Queen of the Black Coast,” The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian contains a wealth of material never before published in the United States, including the first submitted draft of Conan’s debut, “Phoenix on the Sword,” Howard’s synopses for “The Scarlet Citadel” and “Black Colossus,” and a map of Conan’s world drawn by the author himself.

Here are timeless tales featuring Conan the raw and dangerous youth, Conan the daring thief, Conan the swashbuckling pirate, and Conan the commander of armies. Here, too, is an unparalleled glimpse into the mind of a genius whose bold storytelling style has been imitated by many, yet equaled by none.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
Fourteen short stories featuring Conan the Barbarian present in the first of three intended volumes several of the sword-wielding fantasy hero's most popular adventures, complemented by lavish black-and-white illustrations as well as a number of the author's original drafts and synopses. 15,000 first printing.

Authors: Howard, Robert E. (Robert Ervin), 1906-1936
Statement of Responsibility: Robert E. Howard ; illustrated by Mark Schultz
Title: The coming of Conan the Cimmerian
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, 2005, c2002
Characteristics: xxv, 457 p., [3] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map ; 25 cm.
Contents: Cimmeria
The phoenix on the sword
The frost-giant's daughter
The god in the bowl
The tower of the elephant
The scarlet citadel
Queen of the Black Coast
Black colossus
Iron shadows in the moon
Xuthal of the dusk
The pool of the black one
Rogues in the house
The vale of lost women
The devil in iron
Additional Contributors: Schultz, Mark - 1955-
ISBN: 0345483855
Branch Call Number: SCI-FI H
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Kull of Atlantis & Solomon Kane by the same author are also recommended by Martin.


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Mar 24, 2010
  • ScorchingSun rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fantastic dark sword and sorcery with ornate, fiery journeys, bloody battles, malevolent villains and sultry maidens.

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