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The Hour of the Dragon
     

The Hour of the Dragon

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by Robert E. Howard
 

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The Hour of the Dragon, also known as Conan the Conqueror, is a 1935 fantasy novel written by Robert E. Howard featuring his seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Cimmerian. It was the last Conan story published before Howard's suicide although not the last to be written.

The plot is a loosely based melange of motifs from previous Conan short stories, most

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The Hour of the Dragon, also known as Conan the Conqueror, is a 1935 fantasy novel written by Robert E. Howard featuring his seminal sword and sorcery hero Conan the Cimmerian. It was the last Conan story published before Howard's suicide although not the last to be written.

The plot is a loosely based melange of motifs from previous Conan short stories, most notably "The Scarlet Citadel", with which it shares an almost identical storyline. It takes place when Conan is about forty-five, during his reign as King of Aquilonia, and follows a plot by a group of conspirators to depose him in favor of Valerius, heir to Conan's predecessor Numedides, whom he had slain to gain the throne.

Robert Ervin Howard (January 22, 1906 - June 11, 1936) was a classic American pulp writer of fantasy, horror, historical adventure, boxing, western, and detective fiction. Howard wrote "over three-hundred stories and seven-hundred poems of raw power and unbridled emotion" and is especially noted for his memorable depictions of "a sombre universe of swashbuckling adventure and darkling horror."

He is well known for having created - in the pages of the legendary Depression-era pulp magazine Weird Tales - the character Conan the Cimmerian, a.k.a. Conan the Barbarian, a literary icon whose pop-culture imprint can be compared to such icons as Tarzan of the Apes, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond.

Between Conan and his other heroes Howard created the genre now known as sword-and-sorcery in the late 1920s and early 1930s, spawning a wide swath of imitators and giving him an influence in the fantasy field rivaled only by J.R.R. Tolkien and Tolkien's similarly inspired creation of the modern genre of High Fantasy. There is no evidence that Tolkien was influenced by the earlier author, however.

A full century after his birth, Howard remains a seminal figure, with his best work endlessly reprinted. He has been compared to other American masters of the weird, gloomy, and spectral, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Jack London.

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ISBN-13:
9783736807747
Publisher:
BookRix
Publication date:
02/14/2017
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
292
File size:
767 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Ervin Howard (1906¿1936) wrote pulp fiction in a diverse range of genres. He is well known for his character Conan the Barbarian and is regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery subgenre. Howard spent time in his late teens bodybuilding, eventually taking up amateur boxing—which he also wrote stories about. His tales of heroic & supernatural fantasy won him a huge audience across the world and influenced a whole generation of writers, from Robert Jordan to Raymond E. Feist.

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The Hour of the Dragon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
0072663 More than 1 year ago
Of the many Conan stories written by Robert E. Howard, this was his only novel. Just as the short stories were packed with page after page of barbarian action, so was this novel. You won't know what a true King is until you read this book. There's a reason the Conan character has lived on all these years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel, from the disjointed history of Conan's world Hyperboria, takes place in the later part of the barbarians career. The fabulous adventures of his rise to power(eventually to be become king of Aqualonia) are here and completely written by the author himself. Robert E. Howard committed suicide in the 1930's (when he was very young) and left a vague skeleton of Conan's life. Many authors such as L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter have attempted to 'fill in the spaces' with the the epic tale but seemed to miss the mystique that Howard had created. The book exemplifies Howard from weak imitators and is as good as it gets in the realm of Sword and Sorcery fiction
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was this rewritten by a child? More typos than you would get if a stygian wrote it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read conan comics off and on for many years (really like busiek's adaptations for dark horse) but never one of howard's original works. This was really very good and it quickly became clear to me why conan endures as a character and why howard is so revered. This particilar piece follows conan as he traverses continents on a quest to regain his kingdom of aquilonia. Non stop adventure and true swords and sorcery!
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An excellent read much enjoyed
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hasenbusch More than 1 year ago
These Weird Works books are super! Easy to hold, read, and carry. This Vol 4 has a terrific intro by Paul Herman, has a great novel length story Hour of The Dragon, and has some neat information about The Hyborian Age!

On the back cover - Quote "The Hour of the Dragon is the fourth volume of The Weird Works of REH, this one featuring the title work, the only Conan novel ever written by REH, and perhaps his most popular story ever written. This story is meticulously restored to its original pulp texts. This volume also includes REH's only essay on the history of Conan's world, The Hyborian Age. Together these two works show the depth and breadth of a mythical age, the most fully realized of any created by this master of sword and sorcery." Unquote

Highly recommend: One Who Walked Alone by Novalyne Price, Collected Letters of REH by Rob Roehm - Three volumes, The Never Ending Hunt and The Last of the Trunk by Paul Herman, The Dark Barbarian and The Barbaric Triumph by Don Herron, Two-Gun Bob, Dark Horse Conan, Kull, Solomon Kane, Marvel B&W magazines by Roy Thomas, Conan by Roy Thomas, Conan The Phenom, Almuric, Blood & Thunder, The Life & Art of REH by Mark Finn, H.P. Lovecraft, The Star Rover by Jack London, and all of these Weird Works.