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Hyperborea is a country of the Hyborian Age.

Geography[edit | edit source]

Separated from Asgard to the west by the River of Death Ice, Hyperborea is locked in perpetual winter. Hyperborea is home to several mountain ranges including the eastern end of the Eiglophian and Graaskal ranges.

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History and politics[edit | edit source]

This country is the cradle of the Hyborian age. The Hyborians have been drifting south-westward, destroying and absorbing conquered races. One tribe discovered how to build a crude fortress of boulders to repel tribal attacks and started using mighty stone houses surrounded by walls. This fortress evolved to the first Hyborian kingdom. Crude and barbaric, Hyperborea drove away other tribes who were defeated or didn't wish to become tributaries.

Around 2500 years after the Cataclysm, the blond arctic savages that would become the Nordheimir grew and evolved and drove the northern Hyborians from their ancestral homelands. In turn, those drove their own kindred before them, and even Hyperborea was conquered, albeit it retained its name. The arctic barbarians arrived to the south but Hyperborea stopped their advance, and the barbarians settled in Nordheim.

The kingdom suffered from wars from Asgard; raiding Æsir had destroyed Hyperborean cities, pushing back the kingdom's frontier.

Hyperborea had an ancient feud with Aquilonia during its greedy expansion. Its armies marched against Aquilonia but they were devastated in the battle that ensued in the Border Kingdom. Hyperborea occasionally assisted Nemedia in its defensive wars.

After the fall of Aquilonia to the Picts, southern Hyperborea was devastated by a united force of Hyrkanian invaders. Being the north-westernmost province of the new Hyrkanian empire, its frontiers were swept by Æsir inavders.

When the glacier age came and the Nordic drift, the Æsir invaded Hyperborea and blotted it out; across its ruins they clashed with the Hyrkanians. They assailed them so savagely that they retreated back toward Vilayet.[1]

They advanced rapidly, especially in the dark art of sorcery (?).

Population and culture[edit | edit source]

The ancient kingdom of Hyperborea is more aloof than the others, yet there is alien blood aplenty in its veins, from the capture of foreign women — Hyrkanians, Æsir (Aesir) and Zamorians.[2]

Hyperboreans are tall, gaunt, big-boned.

People are of slow speech and taciturn, but vigorous and warlike with violent natures.

The ways of Hyperborea are described as weird. They are civilized and dwell in cities.

Hyperborea in Conan's day was ruled by wizards and witches, a group known as the White Hand. Its tall, gaunt lords and ladies tend toward white hair and emerald eyes. The lower classes can only look up from their huts and wonder what is occuring behind their cyclopean walls, where lightning plays about dark towers. [Citation needed.]

Stories set in Hyperborea[edit | edit source]

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Characters from Hyperborea[edit | edit source]

  • Queen Vammatar
  • Witch-Men

References[edit | edit source]

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