While on the subject of Howard, we watched Mongol last night. It's a bio-pic about the early life of Genghis Khan (the first of a trilogy!). Beautiful and good, but not great. Watching the movie, it's hard for me not to think that there's a strange transmission that goes:
Genghis Khan the person --> Howard's Conan the character --> De Laurentiis/Milius' Conan the Barbarian --> Sergei Bodrov's Mongol
"The greatest happiness is to vanquish your enemies, to chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth, to see those dear to them bathed in tears, to clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters."