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"Lament for the King" was a propaganda song written by the Valusian royal minstrel and poet Ridondo during the reign of Kull. The song was a lament for the death of the former tyrant king Borna, praising the villain as a saint and defaming Kull as a "black-hearted savage".[1]

In the Conan stories, it is also the name of the propaganda song composed by the Aquilonian royal minstrel and poet Rinaldo. The song is likewise a lament for the death of King Numedides and a denunciation of King Conan.[2]


  1. Robert E. Howard, Kull - Exile of Atlantis ("By This Axe I Rule!"), Del Rey (2006).
  2. Robert E. Howard, The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian ("The Phoenix on the Sword"), Del Rey (2003).