Conan the Freebooter

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Conan the Freebooter
Conan the Freebooter.jpg
Cover of first edition
AuthorRobert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp
Cover artistJohn Duillo
CountryUnited States
SeriesConan the Barbarian
GenreSword and sorcery
PublisherLancer Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (paperback)
Pages223 pp

Conan the Freebooter is a 1968 collection of five fantasy short stories by American writers Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp, featuring Howard's sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. Most of the stories originally appeared in the fantasy magazine Weird Tales in the 1930s. The book has been reprinted a number of times by various publishers, and has also been translated into German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, and Japanese. It was later gathered together with Conan and Conan of Cimmeria into the omnibus collection The Conan Chronicles (1989).

Short stories[edit]


In these stories from Conan's late twenties, the Cimmerian is a mercenary with the Free Company in the city-states of Shem and the lands to the north and east, a war leader of the steppe-raiding Kozaki, and finally a soldier in the service of the kingdom of Kauran.

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


  • Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. pp. 40–41.
Preceded by
Conan of Cimmeria
Lancer/Ace Conan series
(chronological order)
Succeeded by
Conan the Wanderer