The Hyborian Age

Language: English
Wordcount: 8,752 / 27 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 50.4
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 5,775
Added to site: 2007.07.08
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s. Through the centuries they have pushed steadily westward, and now a tribe skirts the southern end of the great inland sea--Vilayet--and establishes the kingdom of Turan on the southwestern shore. Between the inland sea and the eastern borders of the native kingdoms lie vast expanses of steppes and in the extreme north and extreme south, deserts. The non- Hyrkanian dwellers of these territories are scattered and pastoral, unclassified in the north, Shemitish in the south, aboriginal, with a thin strain of Hyborian blood from wandering conquerors. Toward the latter part of the period other Hyrkanian clans push westward, around the northern extremity of the inland sea, and clash with the eastern outposts of the Hyperboreans.

Glance briefly at the peoples of that age. The dominant of Hyborians are no longer uniformly tawny-haired and grey-eyed. They have mixed with other races. There is a strong Shemitish, even a Stygian strain among the peoples of Koth, and to a lesser extent, of Argos, while in the ca

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
2014.02.02
Paulo Respighi
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This is Robert E. Howard's Silmarillion. It explains the history, geography, and civilizations where he sets his Conan stories. It is as detailed and boring as Tolkien's work, but mercifully shorter. Considering how much importance magic plays in the Conan stories, magic isn't mentioned at all. The story ranges from the sinking of Atlantis to the founding of the first dynasty in Egypt.

While it is nice Howard knew and remembered all this stuff, I don't think it added to my enjoyment of his adventure stories.


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