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Overview

Vanaheim was the westernmost of the nations of the far north, lying west of Aesgaard and north of Cimmeria and Pictland.

It comprised the western portion of the region called Nordheim.[1] It was a somber country, mostly a bleak tundra plain that was snow-covered through the long winters. Swampy taiga forests probably clothed its high southern regions thinly. Glaciers crept down from the Eiglophian Mountains in the south and the Blue Mountains on the frontier with Aesgaard. Far to the north were more mountains, crowned with a permanent ice cap that grew larger as the climate changed.[citation needed]

The resident population were the Vanir, typically red-haired and blue-eyed. They were a warrior culture. Their skills honed in near-constant conflict with their neighbors in Aesgard and Cimmeria.[1]

History

Origins and ancient days

The Vanir were probably descendants of the people of the pre-Cataclysmic kingdom of Thule,[3] as were the Aesir.[4]

2,500 years after the Lesser Cataclysm (which seemingly took place in 17,500 BC), circa 15,000 BC, the Nordics (Aesir and Vanir) drove all the remaining Hyborian tribes out of all the snow-countries, save for Hyperborea. Their land was known as Nordheim,[5] the Vanir living in Vanaheim, the western part of it.[1]

Hyborian Age

10,500 BC

500 years after the Age of Conan, the north was the theater of constant bickering between the Cimmerians, the Bossonians, the Picts and the Nordheimr.[6]

9,500 BC

Circa 9,500 BC, before the post-Hyborian Cataclysm, Vanir adventurers came to Stygia, where they overthrew the ruling class building a vast southern empire which they called Egypt. The early Pharaohs boasted to descend from them.[7]

Post-Hyborian Cataclysm (9,500-8,000 BC?) / Early History

After the post-Hyborian Cataclysm, which occurred between 9,500[8] and 8,000 BC,[9][10][11] the northern[3] Vanir, one of the variations among the Sons of Aryas (or Aryans), descended into the Danes.[7]

Circa 8250 BC, the land was set in Northern Vanaheim (which became later known as Scandinavia), on the European continent. Around that time, the man who would become the monster hunter Ulysses Bloodstone was born and became immortal thanks to the Bloodgem during an event that destroyed his entire tribe.[12]

Residents

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Handbook of the Conan Universe #1; Vanaheim's entry
  2. Conan the Adventurer #12; The Talisman of Tolometh Part IV
  3. 3.0 3.1 Savage Sword of Conan #40; A Gazeteer of the Hyborian Age, Part VIII: Vanir's entry
  4. Savage Sword of Conan #14; A Kull Glossary: kingdom of Thule's entry
  5. Savage Sword of Conan #12; The Hyborian Age Chapter 3: The Hyborian Kingdoms
  6. Savage Sword of Conan #15; The Hyborian Age Chapter 4: The Beginning of the End
  7. 7.0 7.1 Savage Sword of Conan #17; The Hyborian Age Chapter 6: The Darkness... and the Dawn
  8. Savage Sword of Conan #17; The Hyborian Age - Chapter 6
  9. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1; Tribe of the Moon's entry
  10. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #1; Atlantis' entry
  11. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #8; N'Garai's entry
  12. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z #2; Ulysses Bloodstone's entry
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