The iron-bound Books of Shuma-Gorath were (apparently) magically created long before books existed 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.
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.
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.
- After marrying, the sorcerers Kulan Gath and Vammatar tried to use the books to release then eslave Shuma-Gorath, but were foiled by Crom.
- The iron bound books of Shuma Gorath were mentioned by Robert E. Howard in "The Curse of the Golden Skull", first published in The Howard Collector (Spring, 1967), and adapted by Marvel Comics in Conan the Barbarian #37 (April, 1974).
- The Iron-Bound Books of Shuma-Gorath's entries in the Tomes of Eldritch Knowledge's page from Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1, the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and Comicvine, states that their first reference occurred in Conan the Barbarian #37, though it doesn't seems to be mentioned in that issue. This is possibly an error based on the fact Conan the Barbarian #37 is the adaptation of "The Curse of the Golden Skull".
- The same sources also state that the books first appeared in Conan the Barbarian #258, but doesn't mentions their possible appearance in #85.
- 9 appearance(s) of Iron-Bound Books of Shuma-Gorath
- 1 appearance(s) in handbook(s) of Iron-Bound Books of Shuma-Gorath
- 2 mention(s) of Iron-Bound Books of Shuma-Gorath
- 1 image(s) of Iron-Bound Books of Shuma-Gorath
Links and References
- Tomes of Eldritch Knowledge at the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe
- Iron-Bound Books of Shuma-Gorath at the H.P. Lovecraft Wiki
- Iron-Bound Books of Shuma-Gorath at Comicvine