Conan: The Master of All Circumstances

by James Harting

MY PREVIOUS POST, Robert E. Howard’s story “The Last White Man,” proved very popular. Here is a stray thought or two that I had concerning Howard’s most-famous character, Conan the Barbarian.

Although it was not published until 1967 (31 years after Howard’s death), “The Vale of Lost Women” is a classic Conan story — and it is explicitly racialist. At one point, Livia, the White heroine, berates Conan:

“You care naught that a man of your own color has been foully done to death by these black dogs — that a white woman is their slave!”

After some incidental back and forth, Conan responds:

“You said that I was a barbarian,” he said harshly, “and that is true, Crom be thanked…But I am not such a dog as to leave a white woman in the clutches of a black man…”

Conan goes on to kill Livia’s Black captor, and to then save her from a monstrous supernatural demon, which Conan terms “a devil from the Outer Dark” and whom the primitive Negroes worship as a savage god.

In 1881, Friedrich Nietzsche published a small book that is almost completely unknown and unread today. In archaic German it was entitled Morgenroethe, which is variously translated as Dawn, The Dawn of Day or Daybeak. In it, he comments that of all of their many mythological heroes, the ancients Greeks admired Odysseus the most. This is because he was able to “master all circumstances,” that is, whatever man, nature or the Gods threw at him, Odysseus was always triumphant. (See Dawn, Section 306.)

And so it is with Howard’s Conan: he is a master of all circumstances: he defeats all opponents, natural and supernatural alike. And he always gets the girl. Is there a healthy Aryan man anywhere who would not like to be Conan if he could?

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Source: Do Right and Fear No One

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Arvin N. Prebost
Arvin N. Prebost
21 May, 2021 11:15 am

The original Conan is the avatar of the some-coming Aryan rage.

It was said on here before that de Camp and Carter contributed to the stories and tried to soften Howard’s explicit racialism. It’s true.

But if we are to emulate recent fictional characters, I think that White men would do better to imitate Doc Savage. Our mental faculties and creativity are our trump cards.

Art Thief
Art Thief
Reply to  Arvin N. Prebost
21 May, 2021 1:05 pm

Or better yet, blend the two. Physical power and vitality with civilization and intellect and, above all, the Aryan spirit.

Lift weights and read books, brothers.

Prinz Edelhart
Prinz Edelhart
Reply to  Arvin N. Prebost
21 May, 2021 9:30 pm

Of the many pasticheurs who have taken it upon themselves to ‘finish’, ‘edit’ or add to the Conan saga, the only one whose style came sort of close to Howard’s was Karl Edward Wagner.
Mental faculties and creativity sure are useful, but don’t help much if you find yourself the center of attention of a dozen or so culture enrichers with knives, crowbars or just rocks.
Also not sure how much help they will be against the favela SWAT teams bringing you the sterilization killshot, brand name optional.

Rudolph Hess III
Rudolph Hess III
22 May, 2021 9:17 am

White men today have been JEW-ized, and won’t even protect their women and children. A vulgar bur correct term for this is “pussy-fied”,
Blacks/browns/reds/yellows rape and kill our women and the white man does NOTHING.
Even the lowly rat or insect will protect it’s offspring to the death. The white man is even afraid to name the jew enemy. Jews must laugh themselves to sleep at night at the white man’s cowardice. Most whites even worship a jew. Pathetic.

Prinz Edelhart
Prinz Edelhart
Reply to  Rudolph Hess III
23 May, 2021 9:49 pm

Largely correct.
As for defending women, many White men are simply fed up with trying to defend someone who very plainly doesn’t want to be defended, at least not by White men – unless said White man happens to be Chris Hemsworth…..
We can thank many decades of Jewish brainpoisoning of White women for that lovely situation.

Reply to  Rudolph Hess III
25 May, 2021 9:29 am

Yes, Mr. Hess, many are cowardly. Especially those who have understanding of our situation, believe that intelligent action needs to be taken, yet don’t have the moral courage to join with those who do have courage.

Which leads me to show you this:

Do YOU have any moral courage?

Walt Hampton
Walt Hampton
22 May, 2021 3:45 pm

The original Conan…

…wherein without actually 
realizing so, director John 
Milius created a masterpiece 
exposé of cultism. Substitute
“Thulsa Doom” with “David 
Kennison” – along with a 
bevy of submissive and 
subdued females – and 
you have the perfect 
picture. The face behind
the cult:

Arvin N. Prebost
Arvin N. Prebost
Reply to  Walt Hampton
23 May, 2021 11:45 am

The Milius movie was very good, except that Conan probably would have had a few things to say about the race of Thulsa Doom, and the fact that the majority of his followers were Aryan, and rather stupid and submissive examples of Aryans, as well.

I like the elephant bookcover pictured above, but I don’t think that Conan would go around wearing a loin-covering that did not fit. He was not a poofter!

I could not find the name of the artist but I am pretty sure it was not Frazetta.

Walt Hampton
Walt Hampton
Reply to  Arvin N. Prebost
23 May, 2021 7:43 pm

Within the Kennison cult, although lip
service was paid to miscegenation and
racial mixing, none actually went out
and practiced it. Within the Christian
cult (in SC), Caucasians were of the
predominant membership, albeit this
is slowly changing as they reap the
grim harvest of practicing degenerate
racial mixing and miscegenation.

“Poofer” is sometimes used, although
the more likely term was “fluffer,” due
to influences from the West Coast and
the ‘mainstreaming’ of modern porn as
well. The former term was often used
in the production of porn in the pre-
Internet era. This medium was commonly
called “stag films.”

Prinz Edelhart
Prinz Edelhart
Reply to  Arvin N. Prebost
23 May, 2021 9:46 pm

The Milius movie is utter garbage, has nothing whatsoever to do with Conan besides the name and completely misses the point of Howard’s spirit and intent.
It is, however, still superior to the abomination they turned Kull into……

Reply to  Arvin N. Prebost
24 May, 2021 12:13 pm

No, it’s not Frank Frazetta
These are 1989 reprints of the originals.
That particular painting (above) is by Barry Smith (at least according to a reviewer online).

It would have been nice to see them printed with them original cover art, though

Walt Hampton
Walt Hampton
Reply to  Matthew
24 May, 2021 4:51 pm

Frazetta is good, though. I have one
print in my gallery.

Arvin N. Prebost
Arvin N. Prebost
Reply to  Matthew
24 May, 2021 5:33 pm

Barry Windsor-Smith was a great comics artist. As were Ditko and Buscema. Roy Thomas was a great writer. I just don’t get it when people say that comics are the province of Jews. I guess because they owned the publishing houses and employed a lot of their Russian-imigrant Jewish relatives.

Marcos Mateu-Mestre is the Devil himself when it comes to illustration AND story-writing. His books on perspective are like a college-level course.

Learning human anatomy, the figure in motion, and perspective (not to mention color theory) require artists to have just as much smarts, but maybe of a different kind, than psychology or business majors.

A fascinating field of study.