Elder Hyperborea / Age of Dragons
Eibon's era / Pre-Cataclysmic Age
Rise of the Hyborians
Hyperborea the Elder
The Hyperboreans were the first Hyborian tribe to discover stonemasonry, and abandoned their primitive nomadic way to settle. The former nomads crafted huge stone-walled dwellings for themselves. Circa 16,000 BC, they founded their barbaric kindom, which began with a crude fortress of boulders that help them repel tribal attacks.
The first kingdom of Hyperborea was overthrown by another tribe, the Aesir. The Aesir settled in the ruins, married and bred with the survivors and created a new kingdom, which retained the old name.
Circa 9,500 BC, the Hyrkanians hordes (Hyrkanians and Turanians united under one great chief) stormed the west, sweeping first over Zamora, then Brythunia, Hyperborea, and Corinthia, conquering the kingdom.
Trojan War's era / Antiquity
The Hyperboreans were lean, and gaunt with pale skin, and white hair. Their most striking features were their unusual height of 7 feet (2,13 meters) and their sparkling cat-like eyes.
Society and politics
Class divisions were rather rigid in Hyperborea. Most commoners were serfs who resided in huts and hovels. They struggled to farm the land and herd cattle in this cold land. The famed stone keeps of Hyperborea were reserved for the ruling class, which mostly consisting of powerful wizards and witches. The local magical organization was the White Hand. The Hyperboreans were led by a priestess-queen, living incarnation of their Goddess of Death.
Though Hyperborean armies seldom ventured far from their borders, the reach of Hyperborea in world affairs was not be underestimated. The rulers trained and employed highly effective assassins, an elite of their age. They took pride in leaving no mark on the bodies of their victims, making their work untraceable. Hyperborean slave raiders plagued the neighboring lands in an effort to provide a cheap labor force for the homeland, resulting in hereditary enmity with various neighbors, including Cimmeria.
At the time of Conan, the Hyperboreans worshiped the war god Borri, and they were led by a priestess-queen, living incarnation of their Goddess of Death (This statement could be about Vammatar, who was both the queen of Haloga, and a goddess of evil, misfortune, pain and suffering).
The oldest god of the Hyperboreans was the elder god Bardisattva the Very Old, or Bardis, the god of the Coya clan, while despised by the Clan Curgill. The Land of Bardisattva was forbidden to all but the Silent Followers, priests of the Coya.
Points of Interest
- Hyperborea was a mythical place in Greek mythology. It was adapted in fiction by Clark Ashton Smith in the series of short stories known as the Hyperborean cycle (1931–58). Some elements were borrowed by H. P. Lovecraft in what later became known as the Cthulhu Mythos. Robert E. Howard also included it in his Conan stories (1932–36). H.P. Lovecraft also included it in his stories.
- Robert E. Howard named his Hyperborea and its people after a namesake land of historic Greek legend. The name literally means "Beyond the North Wind" in ancient Greek, and was the term used for the largely uncharted far north of the world. 
- The unusual height of the Hyperboreans is likely based on their description in the works of Aelian, who estimated them to be 6 cubits in height. That would be 3 meters/10 feet.
- In Greco-Roman legends, the kings of the Hyperboreans were the Boreades, descendants of the god Boreas and the nymph Chione. Boreas is a personification of the North Wind and Chione's name translates to "Snow".
- Boreas , the supposed ancestor of the Hyperboreans, is one of the Anemoi (wind gods) of Greek mythology. He is the Greek god of the cold north wind and the bringer of winter. The Romans called him "Aquilo", identifying him with their own god of the North Wind.  Boreas' siblings were Zephyrus/Favonius (the West Wind), Notus/Auster (the South Wind, personification of the sirocco), and Eurus/Vulturnus (the East Wind).  Their parents were Astraeus (the "starry" one, one of the Titans, and identified as the god of dusk) and Eos/Aurora (the goddess of the dawn). 
- 16 Appearances of Hyperborea
- 1 Minor Appearances of Hyperborea
- 35 Media Hyperborea was Mentioned in
- 1 Images featuring Hyperborea
- Location Gallery: Hyperborea
- 3 locations in Hyperborea
Links and References
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Creatures on the Loose #26
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Savage Sword of Conan #33; A Gazetteer of the Hyborian Age, Part III: Hybori's entry
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Savage Sword of Conan #33; A Gazetteer of the Hyborian Age, Part III: Hyperborea's entry
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1; Appendix; Tomes: Pnakotic Manuscripts
- ↑ Tomes of Eldritch Knowledge on the Appendix
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #8; The Hyborian Age Chapter 2: The Rise of the Hyborians
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #35; A Gazetteer of the Hyborian Age, Part IV: Icy Wastes's entry
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Hyperborea's entry
- ↑ Blockbusters of the Marvel Universe #1; Great Cataclysm's entry
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Savage Sword of Conan #12; The Hyborian Age Chapter 3: The Hyborian Kingdoms
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #30; A Gazetteer of the Hyborian Age: Aesir's entry
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 Conan the Barbarian #255
- ↑ Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Turan's entry
- ↑ Conan the Adventurer #1
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Savage Sword of Conan #12; The Hyborian Age Chapter 6: The Darkness... and the Dawn
- ↑ Thor Annual #8
- ↑ Conan the Barbarian #3
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Savage Sword of Conan #39; Legions of the Dead
- ↑ All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #3; Council of Godheads's entry, The Kalevans' paragraph
- ↑ Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; The Jumala's entry
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #178; Pillar of the Sky
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Savage Sword of Conan #176
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 23.2 Hyperborea at Wikipedia
- ↑ Hyperborean at Wikipedia
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 25.2 Anemoi at Wikipedia