Gods of the North


Read by Phil Chenevert

(4.4 stars; 158 reviews)

"The Frost-Giant's Daughter" is, arguably the earliest chronological story by Robert E. Howard in terms of Conan's life. The brief tale is set somewhere in frozen Nordheim, geographically situated north of Conan's homeland, Cimmeria. Conan is depicted by Howard as a youthful Cimmerian mercenary traveling among the golden-haired Aesir in a war party. Shortly before the story begins, a hand-to-hand battle has occurred on an icy plain. Eighty men ("four score") have perished in bloody combat, and Conan alone survives the battlefield where Wulfhere's Aesir "reavers" fought the Vanir "wolves" of Bragi, a Vanir chieftain. Thus, the story opens. Following this fierce battle against the red-haired Vanir, Conan the Cimmerian, lying exhausted on the corpse-strewn battlefield, is visited by a beautiful, condescending and semi-nude woman identifying herself as "Atali." Upon her bodice, she wears a transparent veil: a wisp of gossamer that was not spun by human distaff. The mere sight of her strange nakedness kindles Conan's lust and, when she repeatedly taunts him, he madly chases her for miles across the snows with the intent of raping her. The excitement continues but I won't ruin the story for you by saying more. Can Conan deal with this daughter of a frost-giant? And what when her daddy shows up? ( from Wikepedia and Phil Chenevert) (0 hr 24 min)

Chapters

Part 1 19:12 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 2 5:12 Read by Phil Chenevert

Reviews

Howard changed the name himself

(4 stars)

Howard was under an exclusive deal for Conan stories, but this was rejected. So, he gave it to a Conan fanzine, but had to make changes to it. (Yes, there were fanzines back then.) Amra was a name used by Conan in the South, and would have been recognized by the readers. The unpublished manuscript is the version most are familiar with. As to the reader, he has an odd cadence, especially at first. It mostly goes away, after a bit, although it slips back in once in a while.

Perfect for Phil

(4.5 stars)

Phil made this so much fun and dramatic. Just love his readings

Thank You Phil!

(5 stars)

A wonderful R. Howard story. I remember reading this as a very 12 year old and absorbing each line.

short but this is due to the original story

(5 stars)

a very good sword and sorcery short story

(4 stars)

Conan + Chenevert = always great

(5 stars)

Nice little story...

(3 stars)

...but not Conan like the cover suggests. Just "A" barbarian.