witch has me thinking that REH may have meant for cimmeria to be a darker drearier place than we have thought.it goes on to suggest that that is why conan has such a love for life and a not stop life style,in order to keep his mind from being gloomy and sullen, and keep cimmeria from creeping back in.
Reading the draft of "The Phoenix on the Sword," I get that distinct impression too.
in another story it gives reference to conan hiding in the woods as a child from the "beasts" that stalk the wilds.i can't recall witch story that one is from , sorry. i wonder what kind of beasts would make a cimmerian hide?
Sounds like you might be referring to these parts:“… there is something hidden, some undercurrent of which we are not aware. I sense it as in my youth I sensed the tiger hidden in the tall grass.”
– “The Phoenix on the Sword”But the instincts of the wild were there, that had caused him in his childhood to lie hidden and silent while wild beasts prowled about his covert.
– The Hour of the Dragon
The "tiger hidden in the tall grass" is obviously a carry-over from "By This Axe I Rule," but tigers are by no means restricted to warmer climates.
I'm still wondering what Howard meant by "mountain-beasts." Howard wasn't shy of using more descriptive terms for the fauna of Cimmeria - wolves, tigers, panthers, hawks - but "mountain-beasts" seems strangely vague. Either he's merely referring to the mountain fauna as a whole, akin to saying "jungle-beasts" or "forest-beasts," or something more sinister.
Edited by Taranaich, 15 September 2011 - 07:27 AM.