Conan the Theologian

Excellent post over on Read, Seen, Heard. Makes me want to go pick up some Conan.

Read, Seen, Heard

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…

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