Shattered Swords of Hyboria
“Conan opened his eyes and stared into the bearded faces that bent over him. He was surrounded by tall golden-haired warriors in mail and furs.”
— Robert E. Howard: “The Frost Giant’s Daughter”
The nation of the Aesir, situated east of Vanaheim and the Blue Mountains, west of Hyperborea and the putative River of Death Ice, and north of Cimmeria and the Eiglophian Mountains.
Asgard and Vanaheim together comprise the region known as Nordheim, which is probably analogous to the mysterious Thule of pre-Cataclysmic times. The high mountain regions are permanently glaciated. In the southern lowlands, taiga forest is presumed to cover much of the terrain. North of this lay the tundra, a soggy plain underlaid by permafrost.
The Aesir who populate this rugged land are a numerous and virile lot. A shade less bloodthirsty than their neighbors the Vanir (which is not saying much), they nonetheless glory in warfare, wearing their famous horned helmets and swinging awesome battle-axes.
During their more peaceable moments, the Aesir support themselves by hunting abundant musk ox, mammoth, bear, reindeer, moose, fox, and the like. They doubtless augment their meat diet by gathering lingon-berries and other wild fruits in season. They have no agriculture. Each tribe of Asgard is ruled by a “king”, whose headquarters is a timber-roofed Great Hall.