Conan the Swordsman

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Conan the Swordsman
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Conan the Swordsman by L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter and Björn Nyberg, Bantam Books, 1978
Author L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter and Björn Nyberg
Illustrator Tim Kirk
Cover artist Darral Greene
Country United States
Language English
Series Conan the Barbarian
Genre Sword and sorcery Fantasy short stories
Publisher Bantam Books
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 274 pp
ISBN 0-553-12018-2
OCLC 4173748

Conan the Swordsman is a collection of seven fantasy short stories and associated pieces written by L. Sprague de Camp, Lin Carter and Björn Nyberg featuring Robert E. Howard's seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian. It was first published in paperback by Bantam Books in August 1978,[1][2] and reprinted in 1981.[1] Later paperback editions were issued by Ace Books (April 1987 and March 1991). The first hardcover edition was published by Tor Books in December 2002.[2] The first British edition was issued by Sphere Books in 1978.[1] The book has also been translated into Italian[1] and French.[2] It was later gathered together with Conan the Liberator and Conan and the Spider God into the omnibus collection Sagas of Conan (Tor Books, January 2004).[2]


Plot summary[edit]

The seven short stories collected as Conan the Swordsman are set at various points of Conan's career, from his youth as a raider in the north to his maturity as a general of the kingdom of Aquilonia. The two associated non-fiction pieces by de Camp are on the Conan saga in general and the derivation of the names used by Howard in constructing the fictional "Hyborian Age" setting of the Conan stories.

Chronologically, the seven stories supplement the tales in the twelve volume Lancer/Ace Conan series, falling into the period covered by Conan through Conan the Warrior.


  1. ^ a b c d Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. p. 42. 
  2. ^ a b c d Conan the Swordsman title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database


Preceded by
Bantam Conan series
(publication order)
Succeeded by
Conan the Liberator