Following his battle with the red-haired Vanir Conan, lying exhausted, is visited by a beautiful partially-nude woman identifying herself as “Atali”. Upon her bodice, she wears a transparent veil: a wisp of gossamer that wasn’t spun by human origin. The sight of her awakens Conan’s lust and, when she repeatedly taunts him, he chases Atali across the snow-covered region.
From “The Frost-Giant’s Daughter” series, written by RE Howard.
While Robert E. Howard had already written many fantasy stories featuring northern like characters, the names and plot structure for “The Frost-Giant’s Daughter” were derived in their entirety from Thomas Bulfinch. Howard combined the legend of Atalanta with another reworked Bulfinch legend, that of Daphne and Apollo, but he reversed the roles. Whereas Apollo was a god and Daphne a mortal, Howard made Atali a goddess and Conan a mortal. In the original, Cupid had struck Apollo with an arrow to excite love for Daphne but struck her with an arrow to cause her to find love repellent. Howard kept the idea of the love-maddened Apollo (here a lust-maddened Conan) pursuing the girl until she invokes aid from her divine father.
You continue to show your ignorance of RE Howards lore by assuming you know what was in his mind. His tales revolve around true mythical legends, Kings, Queens, Princesses, etc.
You sound more like a " I saw the movie" type of person that refuses to believe in Greek mythology, because it does not fit into your biblical narrative.
Even though I just made the tale of the Arena Champion up, you presume to declare that tribes had no Kings or Queens.
Here are a few examples of tribal rulers. Howard was a huge fan of history, and interwove his stories with mythology and history.
- Makeda, Queen of Sheba.
- Kandake – the empress of Ethiopia.
- Queen Nefertiti.
- Queen Ranavalona 1 of Madagascar.
- Queen Moremi of Ile-Ife Kingdom, Nigeria.
- Queen Cleopatra of Egypt.
- Queen Nandi of the Zulu kingdom.
- Queen Muhumuza.
Stop trying to pretend you know the mind of RE Howard. Pretty amusing that you feel the need to interject on a story line that I completely made up.
Also, genetics - the genetic properties or features of an organism, characteristic, etc.
is a description of what makes makes you unique, and has nothing to do with todays scientific biology.
Being genetically altered by a “spell” in a folklore tale is very real in terms of story telling mythology.
I could give you numerous examples, but your narrow-minded lore deficient mind would not accept them.
I honestly doubt that you know much of RE Howard or have read his short stories and tales much.
You saw the movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and now presume to be an expert on Howard.
"I have known many gods. He who denies them is as blind as he who trusts them too deeply." – Robert E. Howard: “The Queen of the Black Coast”