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The iron-bound Books of Shuma-Gorath were (apparently)[3] magically created long before books existed[4] and were crafted by humanity. Shuma-Gorath, like Skelos, Vathelos and others created their books from iron rings and plates. They then manipulated humans into using the book, thus enabling their creator to influence Earth.[5]

Pre-Cataclysmic Age

The iron-bound Books of Shuma-Gorath were used by Lemurian sorcerers, among others, to summon magical power for spell.[4]

Over 19,000 years BC, Shuma-Gorath returned to Earth, and ruled the land that would became known as Cimmeria, from the mountain later known as Mount Crom, until the young god Crom led a shaman to obtain the three of Shuma-Gorath, allowing Crom to seal Shuma within the mountain.[5]

Hyborian Age

During the Hyborian Age, a few copies existed, possessed by various wizards and sorcerers:

  • The Stygian sorcerer Shu-Onoru of Kheshatta possessed the toms of Skelos, Vathelos the Blind and Shuma-Gorath, which were accessed by his slave Zula, the last of the Zamballah.[6]
  • After marrying, the sorcerers Kulan Gath and Vammatar tried to use the books to release then eslave Shuma-Gorath, but were foiled by Crom.[5]

Age of Conan

100 years later, Shuma-Gorath manipulated the mercenary Hob into releasing him, but was foiled by Conan who hurled the books into Crom's storm. Shuma-Gorath consequently vanished.[5]


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