Conan the Wanderer

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Conan the Wanderer
Conan the Wanderer.jpg
Cover of first edition
Author Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter
Cover artist John Duillo
Country United States
Language English
Series Conan the Barbarian
Genre Sword and sorcery
Publisher Lancer Books
Publication date
Media type Print (paperback)
Pages 222 pp

Conan the Wanderer is a 1968 collection of four fantasy short stories by American writers 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 has been reprinted a number of times since by various publishers, and has also been translated into German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish and Italian. It was later gathered together with Conan the Adventurer and Conan the Buccaneer into the omnibus collection The Conan Chronicles 2 (1990).


Plot summary[edit]

Conan, now about thirty-one, survives a Turanian trap that crushes his Zuagir raiders and seeks bloody revenge on Vardanes of Zamora, their betrayer. Afterwards he moves on to other adventures, engaging in skull-duggery in the cannibal-haunted city of Zamboula and ultimately gaining command of a band of Kozaki in the service of Kobad Shah, king of Iranistan. In this final adventure he once again encounters his arch-enemy Olgerd Vladislav, his predecessor as chief of the Zuagirs.

Chronologically, the four short stories collected as Conan the Wanderer fall between Conan the Freebooter and Conan the Adventurer.


Olgerd Vladislav first appeared in Howard's story "A Witch Shall be Born", collected in the previous Conan volume, Conan the Freebooter.


  • Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. pp. 43–44. 
Preceded by
Conan the Freebooter
Lancer/Ace Conan series
(chronological order)
Succeeded by
Conan the Adventurer