Posted 11 August 2004 - 01:32 PM
I agree with Ironhand; go with Nordic or celtic garb(both are similar to each other), and that type of garb would best describe the people in the northern countries of the Hyborean world in my opinion. Of course Conan dreamed of his life in one story in which he remembered in his youth wearing a panther-skin loin cloth, etc.. I am sure he and his people had other clothing in linen and wools. In winter months I am sure they wore woolen tunics, trousers, boots of some type, fur coats and head gear, etc...
In some of REH's stories when Conan was a young adventurer, he wore simple tunics and sandals, etc.. I had a tunic made of heavy linen and got some Roman Caligai sandals, which I figure are a close match for what REH described as; "High-strapped sandals, strapped high on the ankle." In other stories he is wearing more medieval sounding things, even some of the helmets and armor REH names are directly from our medieval age. As far as describing other charactors, REH describes them in a variety of things. You could go to modern day middle east and the deserts and see some of his descriptions of desert dwellers in person. In Iron Shadows of the Moon for example he describes the pirates and their captain and their garb. Those descriptions could easily fit in our own pirate age (16-1700s) in the Caribbean Sea.
For further reference of Conan's garb and some other charactors, I wrote down REH's descriptions of Conan and posted them on the Conan in Literature forum, in three different threads; "REH's Conan's Descriptions, Pt I, II, and III.. When I posted them I hit keys wrong so they look like Pt. I, Pt. I, and Pt. Iii.
What I am trying to say is in my opinion, it seems that REH gleaned his desriptions of Conan and other charactors directly from various ages, places, and cultures in our real history of our world and societies.
What do I know of cultured ways, the gilt, the craft and the lie?
I, who was born in a naked land and bred in the open sky.
The subtle tongue, the sophist guile, they fail when the broadswords sing;
Rush in and die dogs--I was a man before I was a king!
---From The Road of Kings