Shattered Swords of Hyboria
“It was so long ago and far away
I have forgotten the very name men called me.
The axe and flint-tipped spear are like a dream,
And hunts and wars are like shadows. I recall
Only the stillness of that sombre land;
The clouds that piled forever on the hills,
The dimness of the everlasting woods.
Cimmeria, land of Darkness and the Night.”
— Robert E. Howard: “Cimmeria”
A nation of barbarian tribes situated north of Aquilonia and separated from it by a narrow strip of the Bossonian Marches and Gunderland. The Pictish Wilderness lay to the west of Cimmeria. The high Eiglophian Mountains walls off the country from Vanaheim and Asgard on the north.
Cimmeria is an unremittingly somber land, “all of hills, darkly wooded, under skies nearly always gray, with winds moaning drearily down the valleys”. The people are the direct descendants of vanished Atlanteans. They are tall and powerful, with dark hair and blue or gray eyes. Cimmerian tribes existed contemporaneously with Atlantis, intermarrying with Atlantean colonists on the Thurian continent prior to the Cataclysm.
Cimmerians are still in a hunting and gathering culture with very limited agriculture, living in villages deep in the humid forests. The people use iron weapons and have borrowed other elements from the higher cultures to the south. The Cimmerian’s chief god is Crom, who takes little interest in human affairs.