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Death of Conan


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I came across this and thought to share.

By Lin Carter.

The Death Song of Conan the Cimmerian


The road was long and the road was hard,
And the sky was cold and grey:
The dead white moon was a frozen shard
In the dim dawn of day:
But thief and harlot, king and guard
Warrior, wizard, knave and bard
Rode with me all the way.

The wind was sharp as a whetted knife
As it blew from the wet salt seas;
The storm wind stirred to a ghostly life
The gaunt black skeletal trees:
But I drank the foaming wine of life
Wine of plunder and lust and strife
Down to the bitter lees.

A boy, from the savage north I came
To cities of silk and sin.
With torch and steel, in blood and flame,
I won what a man may win:
Aye, gambled and won at the Devil's game
Splendor and glory and glittering flame
And mocked at Death's skull-grin.

And there were foemen to fight and slay
And friends to love and trust:
And crowns to conquer and toss away
And lips to taste with lust:
And songs to keep black nights at bay
And wine to swill to the break of day
What matter the end be dust?

I've won my share of your gems and gold
They crumble into clods:
I've gorged on the best that life can hold:
And the Devil take the odds:
The grave is deep and the night is cold
The world's a skull-full of stinking mould
And I laugh at your little gods!

The lean road slunk through a blasted land
Where the earth was parched and black.
But we were a merry, jesting band
Who asked no easier track:
Rogue and reaver and firebrand
And life rode laughing at my right hand
And Death rode at my back.

The road was dusty and harsh and long
Crom, but a man gets dry!
I'm old and weary and Death is strong
But flesh was born to die:
Hai, Gods! But it was a merry throng
Rode at my side with jest and song
Under an empty sky.

I've heard fat, cunning priestlings tell
How damned souls writhe and moan:
That paradise they can buy and sell
For gold and gold alone:
To the flames with scripture and priest as well
I'll stride down the scarlet throat of hell
And dice for the Devil's throne!

I faced life boldly and unafraid
Should I flinch as Death draws near?
Life's but a game Death and I have played
Many a wearisome year:
Hai! to the gallant friends I made
Slave and swordsman and lissome maid
I begrudge no foot of the road I strayed
The road which endeth HERE!

The Exchange

It's OK.

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Bumpo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


CONAN IS NOT DEAD! His just resting his eyes.

>Mr. Fishy grabs a hickory axe handle<

Mr. Fishy will be on a grim mountain top solving the Riddle of Steel on someone ass!

>There is something in Mr. Fishy's bowl<


Mr.Fishy wrote:


>There is something in Mr. Fishy's bowl<

Sorry about that... did you ever get a new filter?


>sniff< Yes. Mr. Fishy need to got whip some asses now.

The Exchange

Mr.Fishy wrote:
>sniff< Yes. Mr. Fishy need to got whip some asses now.

Try one of the Sock puppets or trolls. I am sure they would taste good to Mr. Fishy.

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Here's Conan with a real song in his heart:

Conan - the musical

:)

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Mr.Fishy wrote:
CONAN IS NOT DEAD! His just resting his eyes.

Conan the Barbarian is dead. He died on June 11, 1936.

The various pastiches that followed are not the same.

The Exchange

I respectfully disagree, I find the Pastiches done by Björn Nyberg, L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter, were very close to the original. many of the stories were finished Howard originals or rewrites of very similar stories with different protagonists.

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Although I am thinking of reading just the Howard stories in order. Might give a different picture.

Shadow Lodge

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Seabyrn wrote:

Here's Conan with a real song in his heart:

Conan - the musical

:)

I see your song and raise you another


>Mr. Fishy grabs another hickory ax handle<

Mr. Fishy will be back later...>leaves thread<

The Exchange

Mr.Fishy wrote:


>Mr. Fishy grabs another hickory ax handle<

Mr. Fishy will be back later...>leaves thread<

Going Troll slaying?


Crimson Jester wrote:
Mr.Fishy wrote:


>Mr. Fishy grabs another hickory ax handle<

Mr. Fishy will be back later...>leaves thread<

Going Troll slaying?

My guess would be he is fervently hunting down the people responsible for that musical. At least I hope that's what he is doing.

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Moro wrote:
Crimson Jester wrote:
Mr.Fishy wrote:


>Mr. Fishy grabs another hickory ax handle<

Mr. Fishy will be back later...>leaves thread<

Going Troll slaying?
My guess would be he is fervently hunting down the people responsible for that musical. At least I hope that's what he is doing.

I will pay him for each head he brings me.

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He um went back to a different Conan thread to up detail his beatings. Very bloody. He needs to take a nice swim in his bowl to wash off all the blood before he attracts the zombies.

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