Chivalry…Cimmerian Style

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From Robert E. Howard’s Iron Shadows in the Moon:

While seeking shelter for himself and a female companion, Howard’s barbarian suggests they sleep within the ruins of a strange temple. When his companion tells him that she would rather sleep outside, Conan replies:

“There was nothing to show that any wild thing lairs in the ruins. Besides, you are soft-skinned, and used to shelter and dainties. I could sleep naked in the snow and feel no discomfort, but the dew would give you cramps, were we to sleep in the open.”

Almost brings a tear to the eye, doesn’t it?

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8 responses to “Chivalry…Cimmerian Style

  1. I almost weep but less with the sentimental feeling and more with the “my god, they printed this guy!”

  2. Now, now…many people would say the same thing about Joss Whedon and J.R.R. Tolkien.

    Entertainment can come in many forms…like snowflakes.

  3. There is an old warning that applies here.

    Don’t you read that yellow snow.

  4. Ah, but that snow could be yellow because it’s a tasty lemon snow-cone. You never know unless you try it.

  5. I can see you ain’t a country boy. Around here, yellow snow has one cause only.

  6. Wow I do not remember Conan being that sensitive to the needs of women.

  7. Hard to believe, I know…but he was a giver.

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