:: The Vikings of Bjornstad :: Conan the Barbarian - The Frost Giant's
Daughter The Vikings of Bjornstad on film
"The clangor of the swords
had died away, the shouting of the slaughter was hushed; silence lay
on the red-stained snow. The bleak pale sun that glittered so blindingly
from the ice-fields and the snow-covered plains struck sheens of silver
from rent corselet and broken blade, where the dead lay as they had
fallen. The nerveless hand yet gripped the broken hilt; helmeted heads
back-drawn in the death-throes, tilted red beards and golden beards
grimly upward, as if in last invocation to Ymir the frost-giant, god
of a warrior-race..."
Robert E. Howard, "The Frost-Giant's Daughter"
by Ed Berland
warrior, the lone survivor of a fierce battle, is seduced by a snow goddess
and nearly loses his soul. Was it a dream after all?
Robert E. Howard was a writer in depression-era Texas. In 1932, he conceived
of Conan of Cimmeria, "the damnedest bastard that ever was",
and followed his iconic barbarian through weird and blood-stained adventures
in the Hyborian Age.
Fans of REH and Conan don't need to be told this. They also don't need
to be reminded of Conan's frustrating struggle with Hollywood to get his
story told. From John Milius' 1982 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
to the current "reboot" starring Jason Momoa, filmmakers have
sneered at Howards original stories, themes and even at the essential
character of the barbarian, Conan.
This is where that stops. This is where the fans take control of
the film-making and show how one of Howards original stories can
be translated into an exciting movie.
We will film in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the winter, not far from
the infamous Donner Pass, scene of legendary pioneer cannibalism.
In order to attract the best actors, and bring forth the best in this
story through reasonable production quality, we'll need some contributions
from Conan's most dedicated fans.