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The Hyborian Age

Robert E. Howard

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Short science fiction story about the journey of Conan the Cimmerian.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Atlanteans, from sunken areas, swarmed myriads of beasts and savages—ape-men and apes. Forced to battle continually for their lives, they yet managed to retain vestiges of their former state of highly advanced barbarism. Robbed of metals and ores, they became workers in stone like their distant ancestors, and had attained a real artistic level, when their struggling culture came into contact with the powerful Pictish nation. The Picts had also reverted to flint, but had advanced more rapidly in the matter of population and war-science. They had none of the Atlanteans' artistic nature; they were a ruder, more practical, more prolific race. They left no pictures painted or carved on ivory, as did their enemies, but they left remarkably efficient flint weapons in plenty.

These stone-age kingdoms clashed, and in a series of bloody wars, the outnumbered Atlanteans were hurled back into a state of savagery, and the evolution of the Picts was halted. Five hundred . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This essay prefaced everyone of the Lin Carter L Sprague DeCamp pastiches, so I've read this hundreds of times. The history of the Hyborian age.

The Hyborian Age is an essay by Robert E. Howard pertaining to the Hyborian Age, the fictional setting of his stories about Conan the Cimmerian. It was written in the 1930s but not published during Howard's lifetime. Its purpose was to maintain consistency within his fictional setting. It sets out i

Nice for giving a sense of the background history of the world of Conan, but it does read like a dry history book with a long series of who invaded whom, and detailed listings of atrocities, wars, and conquests. The kind of thing that caused me to fall asleep in history class.

Nice backstory to the world Conan inhabits. I would suggest you read this book before you start the Conan series; it is really a map of the world he inhabits. If you are a fan of Conan comics then this book will really add lots of context to the issues. I really was amazed by the level of detail her

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