Cimmeria was the barbaric northern land where Conan was born. Its northern neighbors include traditional ally Aesgaard and traditional foe Vanaheim. Its southern neighbor Aquilonia was a more occasional opponent.

Cimmeria was a land of hills and dark forests. It was described as permanently gloomy and grey-skied. Their environment seems to have had an influence on the mentality of Cimmerians, who tend to be moody and somber in spirit. Both the Aesir and Vanir are considered to be more "high-spirited".[1]



The Cimmerians are descendants of the people of Ancient Atlantis, in particular of refugees who escaped the Great Cataclysm. They are divided into various tribes, which sustain themselves through hunting and foraging.


The Cimmerians are the ancestors of the Gaels.[2][1]


Religion and superstition

The chief deity of the Cimmerians was Crom, a grim god who seats in isolation on a high mountain. When a boy is born, a ritual asks the gods to grant it the "power to strive and slay". This is considered enough of a demand. Their gods are conceived as otherwise indifferent to humanity, and prayer is only to be used on rare occasions. Calling the attention of a cruel and/or indifferent deity to your person is thought foolhardy. The Cimmerians have a similar cheerless view of the afterlife. They believe that all souls are destined to wonder for eternity on a realm of gray clouds, cold mists, and moaning winds,[1] which sounds suspiciously close to depictions of Cimmeria itself.

The Cimmerians always mounted their horses from the left side, as they believed a devil would enter the horse if they did from the right.[3]

Alternate Realities


Cimmerian from What If Vol 1 39 001

Earth-83600's Cimmeria

While Thor, escorted by Conan, was traveling to Cimmeria in the dead of winter to question the god Crom about his true origin, they both were attacked by a pack of ravenous boars.[4]

Points of Interest


Glorana (Earth-616)

Glorana (Earth-616) from Savage Sword of Conan Vol 1 219 001


Glorana was a girl of the Greybear Clan, who met Conan while Hakar was escorting her to her uncle. When Grimm attacked them, she was eventually rescued by Conan.[5]

Honir (Hyboria) (Earth-616)

Honir (Hyboria) (Earth-616) from Conan the Adventurer Vol 1 2 001


Honir was the leader of an Aesir raiding party who crossed into Cimmeria to fall upon the Vanir from an unforeseen direction. He recruited Conan into his band and soon befriended him. When he was captured in Vanaheim, Conan freed him and also rescued him from Ixastophanis' slaying snow spell.[6]

Jarl (Earth-616)

Jarl (Earth-616) from Conan the Adventurer Vol 1 2 001


Jarl was an Aesir raider who was about to kill Conan, but he was suddenly stopped by his partner Honir.[6]

Former Residents

Hakar (Earth-616)

Hakar (Earth-616) from Savage Sword of Conan Vol 1 219 0001


Hakar met Conan while he was escorting Glorana to her uncle Svenno. He was eventually killed by Grimm when the hellish warrior attacked them.[5]

Ju-Ho (Earth-616)

Ju-Ho (Earth-616) from Savage Sword of Conan Vol 1 219 001


Ju-Ho was a Pict who feared Grimm and captured Conan for him. As soon as the Cimmerian managed to escaped, Ju-Ho and his band were immediately killed.[5]

Raksos B'Quen (Earth-616)

Raksos B'Quen (Earth-616) from Conan the Barbarian Vol 1 153 001

Raksos B'Quen

The wizard Raskos B’Quen discovered the slain Thaltar and the Cylinder of Power near his castle. The three warriors of Akah Ma’at tracked the Cylinder to Raskos’s castle, but were captured and tortured for information. The three warriors, courageous to the last, die before revealing anything to the evil wizard. Raksos sent an army of giant-bug riders to attack Conan and Alhambra, and then, by spying on them via a crystal ball, he learned the nature and use of the Cylinder. As Alhambra and Conan discovered his castle and the bled and hung bodies of the three missing Akah Ma'at warriors, Raskos appeared and revealed that he tortured them for information on the Cylinder. He ordered his warriors to kill them. Before Alhambra could use her ring, she was shot by an arrow from behind. Confronting Conan, the wizard summoned a three headed dragon with a wave of his hand. Conan swiftly slayed the beast, but Raskos escaped behind a stoutly barred door.[7]

Raskos then rode a giant dragonfly to the floating city of Ur-Xanarrh, wishing to bargain the Cylinder of Power, but he was easily fooled and slain by Princess Lyzala.[8]

Rorem (Earth-616)

Rorem (Earth-616) from Savage Sword of Conan Vol 1 227 001


The slightly mentally challenged Rorem was asked by Drasil to stab the bull into a blood frenzy, in order to kill Conan during his age ceremony. Conan managed to kill the bull, and when the deceit was discovered, Rorem was killed before Drasil's part in the plot can be revealed.[9]

Svenno (Earth-616)

Svenno (Earth-616) from Savage Sword of Conan Vol 1 219 001


Svenno and his clansman Grimm were the fist adventurers to leave Cimmeria. They joined a roving band of warriors from Aesgaard and roamed Northern Turan until they came across the nigh-forgotten city of Yahlgan, where they were ambushed by its fabled black monks. Svenno managed to escape, leaving Grimm behind. Many years later, his former companion found him in Cimmeria and executed him, despite Conan's efforts to save Svenno's life.[5]

Tibior (Earth-616)

Tibior (Earth-616) from Savage Sword of Conan Vol 1 219 001


Tibior was a reclusive Cimmerian who was slain by Grimm before Conan could warn him.[5]


  • Robert E. Howard named the Cimmerians after a historical Indo-European tribe of the same name, who are recorded to have had conflicts with the Assyrians, Phrygians, and Lydians in the 8th and 7th centuries BC.[citation needed]
  • Today most scholars view the historical Cimmerians as closely related to either the Thracians or the Iranians. But at the start of the 20th-century, the dominant theories of the time viewed them as proto-Celts or proto-Germanic. This influenced Howard, who conceived his Cimmerians as proto-Gaels. In his words: "the Gaels, ancestors of the Irish and Highland Scotch, descended from pure-blooded Cimmerian clans,..."
  • In his essay on the Hyborian Age, Howard postulates connections of the Cimmerians to the Cymry (endonym of the Welsh people), the Cimbri (a Germanic tribe in Roman times), the Gimmerai of certain Assyrian records (which was likely transcribed as "Gomer" by the Jews), and the peninsula of Crimea.
  • "Conan" is a Celtic name, and there are at least two Celtic gods actually named "Crom": Crom Cruach and Crom Dubh. In his stories, Howard has Conan make references to Lir and Mannannan. His notes on the Cimmerian pantheon include references to other Celtic deities, such as the Morrigan.

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