O.K., maybe this is a stupid question, but I would like to know how much information there is pertaining to the "Nemedian Chronicles," specifically, is there more to them than the introduction to "The Phoenix on the Sword"? Is is possible there is a complete "Nemedian Chronicle" or other fragmented parts of them?
Hey Maelstrom! The "Nemedian Chronicles" are a bit of an orphan, and as far as I know(?) aren't mentioned anywhere else in the Conan yarns. Basically, Farnsworth Wright (editor of Weird Tales
) asked REH to shorten "PotS". Howard did this by creating the "NC" as a chapter heading. He never refers to the "NC" again. In the "Black Eons" fragment, REH has his "Allison" character state that Friedrich Wilhelm von Junzt (the German
author of Nameless Cults
) was the savant who "rediscovered" the Hyborian Age. The thing is, if you read the "Chronicles" closely, you see that the tutor/vizier/"wazir" who's instructing the "Prince" can't
be a ("Hyborian Age") Nemedian. He calls the Hyborian Age "an Age undreamed of". He notes the rise of the "Sons of Aryas" (Indo-Europeans/"Aryans"). Both indicate that he's speaking from the vantage point of historical/"dreamed of" times (ie, post-early Sumerian/Egyptian/the last 5000yrs).
According to Howard, there were "other" Nemedians. They were the "Brythonic" descendants of the Hyborian Age (Aesir) Nemedians. They settled Ireland before the Gaelic (Cimmerian) Celts showed up. In the "Dark Ages", Ireland was a main center of learning in Europe. Ireland exported scholars as far away as Kiev. The Irish also founded many monasteries in Germany. The Irish "brain drain" accelerated with the Norse invasions of Ireland. Many Irish scholars went to Germany. Perhaps there was a German "prince" (a son of Otto the Great?) who asked his Irish tutor about the days of old. The monk might have said, "Know, oh prince..." Ol' von Junzt could've just discovered the one surviving manuscript from that scholar's tutorial.