Literature / The Frost-Giant's Daughter
"The Frost-Giant's Daughter
" (a.k.a. "Gods of the North") is a Conan the Barbarian
story written by Robert E. Howard
It features a younger Conan than in any other story; while he has left Cimmeria, he is still in the Grim Up North
. After a battle in which he is the sole survivor, a mysterious, lightly clad woman appears and lures him over the snows until she reaches two giants, her brothers, whom she calls on to kill him. Conan kills them and goes after the woman, who escapes leaving her only garment in Conan's hand and calls on her father Ymir, who whisks her away. Other friends of Conan track him down, wondering why he left the battlefield, and at first disbelieve his story, but one of them had actually seen the woman, and he still has her garment.
Written in 1932, but not published. A version modified by Howard appeared in March 1934. A version modified by L. Sprague de Camp
appeared in 1953. The original version was first published in 1976. Marvel Comics
adapted one version of the story into their first issue of the Savage Tales of Conan the Barbarian
in August 1973.