Excellent post over on Read, Seen, Heard. Makes me want to go pick up some Conan.
It is not often in the Conan stories of Robert E. Howard (1906-1936) that we find the noted barbarian in a philosophical frame of mind, but in “Queen of the Black Coast” (1934) he has this conversation with Bêlit, the pirate queen:
“Conan, do you fear the gods?”
“I would not tread on their shadow… Some gods are strong to harm, others, to aid; at least so say their priests. Mitra of the Hyborians must be a strong god… But even the Hyborians fear Set. And Bel, god of thieves, is a good god. When I was a thief in Zamora I learned of him.”
“What of your own gods? I have never heard you call on them.”
“Their chief is Crom. He dwells on a great mountain. What use to call on him? Little he cares if men live or die. Better to be silent than to call his…
View original post 285 more words