The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian  
The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian, art by Mark Schultz
Author(s) Robert E. Howard
Illustrator Mark Schultz
Cover artist Mark Schultz
Country United States
Language English
Series Conan the Barbarian
Genre(s) Sword and sorcery
Publisher Del Rey Books
Publication date 2003
Pages 496 p.
Followed by The Bloody Crown of Conan

The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian is the first of a three volume set collecting the Conan stories by author Robert E. Howard. It was originally published in 2003, first the United Kingdom by Wandering Star under the title Conan of Cimmeria: Volume One (1932–1933), and shortly thereafter in the United States by Del Rey under the present title. The Science Fiction Book Club subsequently reprinted the complete set in hardcover; the set is noted for presenting the original, unedited versions of Howard's Conan tales. This volume includes thirteen short stories as well as miscellanea for Howard fans and enthusiasts (e.g., drafts, notes, maps, etc.), and is illustrated by noted comic book artist Mark Schultz.


Short stories


  • "The Phoenix on the Sword" (first submitted draft)
  • "Notes on Various Peoples of the Hyborian Age"*
  • "The Hyborian Age"
  • Untitled Synopsis
  • Untitled Synopsis ("The Scarlet Citadel")
  • Untitled Synopsis ("Black Colossus")
  • Untitled Fragment
  • Untitled Synopsis #2
  • Untitled Draft
  • "Hyborian Names and Countries"
  • Hyborian Age Maps (drawn by Howard)
  • (Note that, due to a proofreading error, the essay "Notes on Various Peoples of the Hyborian Age" is truncated after the paragraph regarding Cimmerians. The complete text continues with a final 450-word paragraph concerning the peoples of the Westermarck. The full text has been published, among other places, in The Complete Chronicles of Conan.


  • Hyborian Genesis
  • Notes on the Conan Typescripts and the Chronology
  • Notes on the Original Howard Texts

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