The Tarim has two known and contradictory origins:
- During the Pre-Cataclysmic Age, before the Great Cataclysm, Tarim was a minor spirit.
- During the Cataclysm, in Lemuria, a man called Tarim rose and led his tribe to flee aboard ships westward, on the eastern coast of the Thuria (later known as the eastern shore of the Vilayet).
The Tarim Incarnate was the living embodiment of the greatest Hyrkanian deities, a man-god for whom a holy war was being waged. He was told by the High Priest Kharam-Akkad about the Mirrors of Thuzun Thune, a tale revolving around King Kull of Valusia.
After the invasion of Makkalet, the Living Tarim was discovered by Conan to be in fact a diseased, inbred imbecile. The soldiers of Turan accidentally killed the Tarim with arrows, while the Cimmerian Conan fled his chamber. Prince Yezdigerd nevertheless celebrated his victory with a parade, marching the robed figure of the Tarim through the city, while only he and Sulimar knew underneath the robes a skeleton was all that remained.
- 4 appearance(s) of Tarim (Earth-616)
- 1 minor appearance(s) of Tarim (Earth-616)
- 3 mention(s) of Tarim (Earth-616)
- 1 image(s) of Tarim (Earth-616)