Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Out Today: Conan the Barbarian

The release of Conan the Barbarian in cinemas across the UK may inspire some to check out the original Conan novels, which have been brought together for the modern reader in The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition.

Conan was created by American author Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) and is viewed as a continuation of the revival of heroic Western literature that was seen in the mid Eighteeth Century (e.g. with William Morris's translation of Völsunga Saga: the story of the Volsungs [and] Niblungs, with certain songs from the Elder Edda;) and continued through to the creations of Tolkien and beyond.

Enjoy the film if you go an see it, and whether you do or not, you might want to check out the novels here: