The Word of the Week for December 9, 2013 is pennon
This week's poem is from the REH story "Queen of the Black Coast." Verses 4 and 5 both have different points of view. In Verse 4 it is Bêlit herself speaking. In verse 5 the words are spoken by Conan.
Actually each of “Queen of the Black Coast” chapter heads has a different poem that is listed “The Song of Bêlit.”
Chapter 1: Conan Joins the Pirates (spoken by Bêlit)
Chapter 2: The Black Lotus (spoken by Conan)
Chapter 3: The Horror in the Jungle (spoken by Conan)
Chapter 4: The Attack from the Air (spoken by Bêlit)
Chapter 5: The Funeral Pyre (spoken by Conan)
But even in those poems, his name does not appear. Nor in any other REH poem. At least not those discovered thus far. Seems a little odd especially when REH has set to rhyme, tales of some of his other characters.
The King and the Oak
The One Black Stain
The Return of Sir Richard Grenville
Solomon Kane’s Homecoming (versions 1 and 2)
Untitled “Out in front of Goldstein’s, over by the Loop”
Bran Mak Morn
Kings of the Night
Song of the Race
And there are several more that mention the Picts:
The Ballad of King Geraint
The Bell of Morni
The Drums of Pictdom
Song of the Pict
Although Francis Xavier Gordon, aka El Borak, isn’t mentioned, his friend and companion Yar Ali Khan appears in two poems.
The Song of Yar Ali Khan
Untitled “Now bright, now red, the sabers sped”
Another El Borak character mentioned is Lal Singh:
The Sword of Lal Singh
Conan speaks to us again of “Cimmeria” but of the Cimmerian himself, there is nary a mention.