The Sword of Conan

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The Sword of Conan
Sword of Conan.jpg
Cover of first edition
Author Robert E. Howard
Country United States
Language English
Series Conan the Barbarian
Genre Sword and sorcery
Publisher Gnome Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)

The Sword of Conan is a collection of four fantasy short stories by Ametican writer Robert E. Howard featuring his sword and sorcery hero Conan the Barbarian, first published in hardcover by Gnome Press in 1952. The stories originally appeared in the 1930s in the fantasy magazine Weird Tales. The collection never saw publication in paperback; instead, its component stories were split up and distributed among other "Conan" collections.

Chronologically, the four short stories collected as The Sword of Conan are the third in Gnome's Conan series; the stories collected as King Conan follow.



Groff Conklin described the collection as "just another demijohn of corn ... full of blood, sex, sadism, violence ... all the garish trappings of escape into the Greater Past of the Natural Man".[1] P. Schuyler Miller described the stories as "pure entertainment of the most outrageously blood-and-thunderish sort."[2]


  1. ^ Conklin, Groff (November 1952). "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf". Galaxy. p. 121. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Reference Library", Astounding Science Fiction, January 1953, p.159
Preceded by
Conan the Barbarian
Gnome Conan series
(chronological order)
Succeeded by
King Conan