Conan of Cimmeria

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Conan of Cimmeria
Conan of Cimmeria.jpg
Cover of first edition
AuthorRobert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter
Cover artistFrank Frazetta
CountryUnited States
SeriesConan the Barbarian
GenreSword and sorcery Fantasy
PublisherLancer Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages189 pp

Conan of Cimmeria is a collection of eight fantasy short stories written by Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter featuring Howard's sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. Most of the stories were originally published in various fantasy magazines. The book was first published in paperback by Lancer Books in 1969, and reprinted in 1970, 1972 and 1973.[1][2] After the bankruptcy of Lancer, publication was taken over by Ace Books.[1] Its first edition was published in May 1977, and was reprinted in August 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982 (twice), 1984, 1985, 1990 and 1993. The first British edition was published by Sphere Books in 1974, and was reprinted in 1976 and 1987.[1][2] The book has also been translated into German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish and Italian.[1] It was gathered together with Conan and Conan the Freebooter into the omnibus collection The Conan Chronicles (Sphere Books, August 1989).[2]


Plot summary[edit]

In a number of episodes Conan, now in his mid to late twenties, is followed from the end of his career as a mercenary soldier for King Yildiz of Turan to his initial adventures in the black kingdoms of Kush. In between, he visits his native Cimmeria and the far north. Soon, Conan journeys southward where, in Argos, he gets his first taste of life as a sea rover as the right-hand man of the pirate queen Bêlit.

Chronologically, the eight short stories collected as Conan of Cimmeria fall between Conan and Conan the Freebooter.


  1. ^ a b c d Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. pp. 36–37.
  2. ^ a b c Conan of Cimmeria title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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Preceded by
Lancer/Ace Conan series
(chronological order)
Succeeded by
Conan the Freebooter