Conan the barbarian is one of my favorite movies! especially love the reptillian reference even though I dont believe in that one bit I still think it's pretty cool to have it in a movie that old.
Originally posted by Metaphysic
reply to post by truthordeath
Well the reptilians are in the movie. The introduction to the comic is what I refer to. But anyways Its always nice to find someone who still loves old school movies
Originally posted by intrepid
I read the books before they were comics/magazines/movies. He has WAY more there than Hyboria. Kull = Atlantis. Soloman Kane = Middle Ages. My favorite, Worms of the Earth = ancient UK region. Picts. Howard may have been a student of history but taking his fiction as fact? I don't think so.
Originally posted by SumerianSoldier
Alot of what Howard references in all his stories is based oh his Hyborian Age, but there are themes he uses all through it that tells you he was following and/or incorporating other histories into his writings. Everyone sees the reptilian thing, Conan is Cimmerian, which sounds an awful lot like Sumerian. Thoth was at one time considered one of the more important deitits of the Egyptian Pantheon. He also references Atlantis when he wrote of Kull, The lush world of the Sahara when he wrote of Bran Mak Morn. He even ties in apocryphal writing with his character Kane. Personally, I think Howard would have LOVED ATS! Lol. I'm sure he had a few good theories of his own that never made it to paper. Definitely one of my favorite writers!
Originally posted by DragonsDemesne
I don't think REH himself took it for real... I've read some of his works, and I read somewhere that the reason he used the ideas of Atlantis and other familiar names from legend and history was basically so that he didn't have to do as much research. People would know what he was talking about when he used many of these terms, so he didn't have to give as much background in his stories, and his stories were set far enough in the past (something like 10000BC) that he didn't have to worry about getting very many of the details right. This was important because most of his work was short fiction, and so he didn't have a lot of space in his writings to devote to setting all that up.