The Road of the Eagles

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"The Road of the Eagles"
Author Robert E. Howard and L. Sprague de Camp
Country United States
Language English
Series Conan the Barbarian
Genre(s) Fantasy short story
Published in Fantastic Universe
Publication type Magazine
Media type Print (Magazine)
Publication date 1955

The Road of the Eagles (a.k.a. Conan, Man of Destiny) is a 1955 Conan the Barbarian novelette by L. Sprague de Camp based on a story by Robert E. Howard, by the same name. It is usually credited to Howard and de Camp.

Differences from Howard's original story[edit]

De Camp gave Ivan Sablianka's role to Conan, changed the setting from the Ottoman Empire in 1595 into Howard's Hyborian Age and extensively re-worked the plot and story-line so that a new "Howard" story could be added to the collection Tales of Conan in 1955.

Publication history[edit]

"The Road of the Eagles" was first published in Fantastic Universe in December 1955 under the title Conan, Man of Destiny.[1] In the same year it was also published as part of Tales of Conan but now under the original title "The Road of the Eagles".[2] In 1968 it was republished, under the same title, in the collection Conan the Freebooter.[2]

The original story, now renamed "The Way of the Swords", can be found in The Road of Azrael published in 1979.[3]


  1. ^ "Story Index - C: CONAN, MAN OF DESTINY". Howard Works. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Story Index - R: THE ROAD OF THE EAGLES". Howard Works. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Story Index - W: THE WAY OF THE SWORDS". Howard Works. Retrieved 2009-05-14. 


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Preceded by
Conan the Champion
Complete Conan Saga
(William Galen Gray chronology)
Succeeded by
"A Witch Shall be Born"