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Quote1.png Yes, I must tell you, ere I die, of Niord and the Worm: You have heard the grisly story of their meeting in many guises -- for, from that meeting sprang the whole cycle of hero-tales which revolves down the ages until the truth behind it all is darkly lost! Quote2.png
James Allison

Appearing in "The Valley of the Worm!"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • James Allison (First appearance)
  • Aesir (Only in flashback)
    • Niord's tribe (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
      • Helga (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
      • Numerous unnamed others (Only in flashback)
    • Bragi's tribe (First and only known appearance) (Only in flashback)
      • Bragi (First and only known appearance; dies) (Leaves Niord's tribe to found his own) (Only in flashback)
      • Numerous unnamed others (Only appearance; death in flashback)
  • Picts (Only in flashback)
    • Gorm (First appearance) (Only in flashback)
    • Numerous unnamed others (Death of several) (Only in flashback)


  • Longtooth (First and only known appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
  • 🢐 Satha (First appearance as Satha) (Death) (Only in flashback)
  • Unnamed fur-covered creature (First and only known appearance; dies) (Only in flashback)
  • Worm (First appearance) (Apparent death) (Only in flashback)

Other Characters:

Races and Species:



  • Needful (First appearance) (Unnamed) (Only in flashback)

Events and Eras:

Synopsis for "The Valley of the Worm!"

  • Synopsis not yet written


  • This issue is based on the short story "The Valley of the Worm" by fantasy author Robert E. Howard, one of Howard's "James Allison" stories.
    • It was adapted by Roy Thomas for the plot and by Thomas and Gerry Conway for the script.[2]
    • Wein and Costanza are uncredited.
  • Perseus, Beowulf, Saint George, and Siegfried appear as examples of legendary beings whose stories were inspired by the true story of Niord. James Allison implies that he doesn't believe any of them existed; however, Perseus, Beowulf, and Siegfried all do exist in the Prime Marvel Universe, and while Allison may be correct that the legend of Saint George and the Dragon is fictional, that does not mean Saint George is fictional. Historically, George was a Christian saint for hundreds of years before the legend of the dragon was attached to his life story.[3]
  • Niord's story is seemingly set in the Hyborian Age, circa 9,500 BC.
    • James Allison refuses to precise the era.
    • However, two elements known to be set circa 9,500 BC are mentioned in the issue:
      • Iron was introduced to the Picts circa 9,500 BC.[4] The Picts encountered by Niord's tribe used iron swords.
      • Later , after a short age, the glacial ages began, and many Nordic tribes were driven southwards, notably into Pictland.[5] One such tribes was seemingly Niord's.

See Also

Links and References


  1. Conan: Serpent War #1
  3. Saint George
  4. Savage Sword of Conan #15; The Hyborian Age - Chapter 5: Fire and Slaughter
  5. Savage Sword of Conan #17; The Hyborian Age - Chapter 6: The Darkness... and the Dawn
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