Cimmeria (Conan)

Cimmeria is a fictional land of barbarians in the Hyborian Age, and the homeland of Conan the Barbarian in the works of Robert E. Howard. Howard originally described Cimmeria in a poem by that name and went on later to expand the idea into book form. Although the rest is Howard's creation, the original name and description of Cimmeria are from The Odyssey, Book 11, lines 12-18.

An Indo-European people by that name appears in ancient record. They were supposed to have originated in the Pontic steppe around 1000 BC and expanded to the Caucasus and Anatolia.

Fictional history

The origins of the Cimmerians stretch back to the Thurian Age. The Cimmerians are the descendants of colonists from Atlantis. Living on the main Thurian continent, the colonists survived the great cataclysm which submerged Atlantis and destroyed most of the Thurian civilizations. The survivors, at this point reduced to a stone-age level of sophistication, eventually found themselves locked in multigenerational warfare with survivors of a Pictish colony. This prolonged conflict caused the Atlanteans to further devolve into little more than ape-men. With no memory of their history or even of language and civilization itself, these beings eventually redeveloped into a people known as Cimmerians.

In his essay The Hyborian Age, Howard states that "the Gaels, ancestors of the Irish and Highland Scots, descended from pure-blooded Cimmerian clans," and he names Conan with a Celtic name. Also, Howard portrays him cursing by Celtic gods.

Other Languages
español: Cimmeria
polski: Cymeria
português: Ciméria (Conan)
српски / srpski: Simerija
vèneto: Cimmeria