Conan the Librarian, 
by Hadley V. Baxendale
 
The character of Conan the Librarian is a parody of Robert E. Howard's immortal character, Conan the Barbarian. He first appeared in 1987 in a skit performed by the library staff at the William Mitchell College of Law talent show. (The author's name should be familiar to all first-year law students.) He inhabits the mythical Information Age, where he is a typical reference librarian. His world nevertheless bears some strange similarities to our own. 

The original "Adventures of Conan the Librarian" is not currently available in electronic form. In the second tale, he journeys through lands and adventures recognizable to many law librarians. His third adventure takes him down the perilous Information Highway we all know and love. 

 
The Return of Conan the Librarian
Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9
Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17
 
Conan the Librarian on the Information Highway
Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9
Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18
Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25
 
The character of Conan the Librarian springs from the Jungian collective unconscious of information professionals. His legend is beyond the power of one bard to sing. Here are some other sightings of Conan on the Internet. 
 
The "real" Conan, selected links:

Last updated March 22, 1999 

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