No. 118 (essentialsaltes) wrote,
No. 118

The Society for Things that Remind One of Other Things

I've been playing Tomb Raider: Underworld (so sue me), which takes Lara on a quest for Helheim. Coincidentally, Helheim is also mentioned in Robert E. Howard's story "The Grey God Passes", which I just read. It is a Howardian retelling of the Battle of Clontarf, which diminished the power of the Vikings over Ireland. It's not often one can say this when comparing REH to the work of someone else, but, of the two, Howard's story lays greater claim to historical accuracy.
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

Obligatory Genghisism:
"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."
Tags: book, film, game, history

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