Thursday, 11 October 2012
Conan, at least in Poul Anderson's Conan The Rebel (New York, 1981), fears supernatural threats but overcomes this fear:
"Yes, Conan thought, if he must fight through graveyard horrors to regain Belit, he would." (p. 102)
In a sword and sorcery novel, "...graveyard horrors..." are real, not just imagined. Earlier in the novel, it was suggested that a civilised, literate person has less reason to fear the supernatural but surely not in a world where greater knowledge does not disprove but confirms the existence of gods, ghosts and demons - unless, of course, the mere growth of secular knowledge does weaken the influence of the supernatural entities, as is suggested in a few other works of fiction, including some by Anderson?