Sunday, January 22, 2012


Today is the birthday of Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Cimmerian, Solomon Kane, Kull of Atlantis, and many other immortal characters. He was, with J. R. R. Tolkien and Fritz Leiber, one of the three fantasy writers who most inspired the creation of the original fantasy role-playing game. He was also a fellow Texan.

He said that his poem "Cimmeria" was inspired by a winter visit to Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country. Since I'm composing this on my phone, I'll just provide a link ( and a photo. I have no doubt this is the view Howard had in mind when he composed his poem.

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