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|“||I have seen you. I have watched you. For a thousand years, I have watched you.||„|
|~ Thulsa Doom|
Thulsa Doom is the antagonist from the movie Conan the Barbarian. He is a king who is the leader of the cult of the snake god Set in a prehistoric period known as the Hyborian Age.He was portrayed by veteran actor James Earl Jones in the movie.Thulsa Doom began as a fictional character first appearing in the Kull short story "Delcardes' Cat" by Robert E. Howard. He has since appeared in comic books and film as the nemesis of Kull and, later, one of Howard's other creations, Conan the Barbarian. Thulsa Doom is the prototype for many of the future evil wizards, such as Thoth Amon, Thungra Khotan and Xaltotun in later Conan stories.
Not much is known about Thulsa Doom's origins. His dark skin, long, straight hair, and cobalt blue eyes suggest that he is the last member of a vanished race. He could also hypnotize people with his eyes, not unlike a snake. In his earlier years, he was obsessed with determining the answer to the riddle of steel, which had been lost since the beginning of time. He led a group of marauding Vanir on raid on a Cimmerian vllage, where they killed the adults, took their swords, and sold the children into slavery. One of these children was Conan, whose father's sword had been taken. He swore revenge against the unknown leader of the assailants (Doom) who had beheaded his mother before his eyes.
Worship of SetIn the ensuing years, Thulsa Doom founded the cult of Set the snake god, which grew in popularity throughout the Hyborian kingdoms. He ran this operation from his mountain of power to the east, which he had hollowed out and built rooms within. His thousands, possibly millions, of followers flocked to the mountain to be saved spiritually, and many of their enemies were drugged up, butchered and eaten by Thulsa Doom and his followers. The cult also had a sucide aspect, in which Doom waited for a certain day, on which he would have them immolate themselves or feed themselves to the giant snake presumably to hide evidence of their activities. He also attracted the princess of Zamora, who came to live with him at the mountain. This proved his undoing, as her father, King Ozric, hired the thieves, Conan, Valeria(Conan's love), and Subotai to bring her back. Valeria and Subotai wanted to take their advance payments and leave, so Conan opted to go out alone to the mountain of power and confront Thulsa Doom.
Feud with ConanConan made an attempt to infiltrate the moutain, but was captured by Doom's servants. After he was tortured for awhile, Conan finally met Doom, who revealed the riddle of steel to him, that steel is not as strong as the hand that wields it. Thulsa Doom then had Conan crucified on the tree of woe. He survived for several days, after which Subotai took him down and had their sorcerer ally ressurect him. Conan, Subotai, and Valeria then infiltrated the mountain through a cave at its back in order to retrieve the princess. Doom escaped this confrontation by turning into a giant snake and slithering away. The three escaped with the princess, but Thulsa Doom killed Valeria with a snake he stretched out into anarrow and then shot with a bow. Conan and Subotai then made their stands at an ancient graveyard near the sea, setting up booby traps and awaiting Doom's counterattack.
The Final Battle and DeathThulsa Doom led an assault on the graveyard in attempt to retrieve the princess. All of his men were killed by Conan, Subotai, and the booby traps. Conan entered into single combat with Doom's right hand man, broke his sword, and killed him. He then picked up the broken sword, which he realizes was his father's. Doom, who had hung back from the fighting, attempted his snake arrow trick on the princess, but Subotai vlocked it at the last moment. This act caused the princess to completely lose her faith in Doom and Set. That night, the princess led Conan into the mountain and past the guards to the front entrance, where Doom was about to give the order for the immolation. When Conan confronted Doom, Doom tried to perform his hypnosis act on Conan, but Conan shrugged it off and proceeded to hack off Thulsa Doom's head with broken half of his father's sword. Conan then flung the head down the steps of the mountain, and Doom's followers put out their candles and left.
---- == ==In pulp magazines== ==
Thulsa Doom first appeared in the short story "Delcardes' Cat" by Robert E. Howard, which featured the character Kull as the protagonist. Howard submitted the story to Weird Tales in 1928 under the title The Cat and the Skull but it was not accepted. The story did not see print until 1967 in the paperback King Kull published by Lancer Books. Thulsa Doom is described by Howard in "The Cat and the Skull" as being a large and muscular man (As he and Kull are said to be "alike in general height and shape."), but with a face "like a bare white skull, in whose eye sockets flamed livid fire." He is seemingly invulnerable, boasting after being run through by one of Kull's comrades that he feels "only a slight coldness" when being injured and will only "pass to some other sphere when [his] time comes."
==In comic books==
A powerful necromancer, Thulsa Doom is Kull's primary foe. He was often a featured foe in the Marvel Kull comics (for instance, Kull the Conqueror #3 and #7). Thulsa Doom returns in Kull the Conqueror #11, "By This Axe I Rule," based on an original story by Robert E. Howard. Posing as the nobleman Ardyon, he forms an alliance with four rebels within Valusia: the dwarfish Ducalon, the soldier Enaros, Baron Kanuub, and the minstrel Ridondo, who actually dethroned the hero, and set him on a quest to regain his lost kingdom, in the pages of his own comic, until it gets cancelled. Kull resumes his quest in the pages of Kull and the Barbarians, a black-and-white Marvel magazine format (published under the Curtis Magazines imprint). Thulsa Doom sent members of the Black Legion to ambush Kull and Brule, though they won the fight. Thulsa observed the battle through a magic crystal. Kull and Brule's ship was later attacked by a sea serpent, with which Thulsa may or may not have had anything to do. Kull and the Barbarians lasted three issues until it was cancelled. In the return of Kull the Destroyer, Thulsa Doom/Ardyon learned of the curse of Torranna (essentially, if a scarred man wore the crown and sat the throne, he'd be unable to ever leave the throne), which he determined to bestow upon Kull. To this end, he took on the aspect of the god of Torranna and advised its inhabitants how best to bring this about. Thulsa Doom manipulated Garn-Nak, Karr-Lo-Zann, and Norra of Torranna. They drew Kull into Torranna and had him undergo a series of trials to gain the crown of Torranna. Kull sought the crown because he believed he could use the army of Torranna to help him retake the crown of Valusia from Thulsa Doom.
In Kull the Destroyer #28, Kull successfully completed the last of the trials, but before he could don the crown, Norra warned him of the curse of Torranna. Thulsa Doom allowed Norra's age to catch up with her, turning her into a shriveled corpse, and then revealed himself to Kull, challenging him to one final battle. In the next issue (also the final issue of the Kull the destroyer title), Thulsa Doom pulled Kull into a pocket dimension for their final battle. Kull managed to slash Thulsa Doom's face with his sword, but ultimately was overpowered by the necromancer. Thulsa Doom returned them both to Torranna, but Kull rallied long enough to push Thulsa Doom onto the throne and place the crown on his head. His face scarred by Kull, Thulsa fulfilled the prophecy and fell victim to the curse himself. Thulsa's power drained by the curse, the city of Torranna collapsed, seemingly crushing him. Kull, luckily, escaped, and then returned to Valusia to retake his own throne. He would face Thulsa Doom at least one more time, in the pages of Marvel Preview #19 (summer 1979 issue). The script for that issue was an adaptation of the prose tale "Riders beyond the sunrise", itself the completion by writer Lin Carter of an untitled fragment written by R. E. Howard. Thulsa Doom appears to finally perish at the climax of this story, but he would eventually return as a Conan villain in the pages of Conan and a few issues of Conan's black-and-white magazine, Savage Sword of Conan (issues #190-193). Thulsa Doom later becomes an enemy of the Celtic hero Cormac mac Art, another Howard character further expanded by Andrew J. Offutt. He is apparently immortal and is visualized as a skull-headed sorcerer, or as an albino when taking on the illusory appearance of a living man. A similar concept of an undead sorcerer can also be found in the lich from Dungeons and Dragons and other works of fantasy fiction, such as The Sword and the Sorcerer. Dynamite Entertainment has announced a Thulsa Doom series written by Arvid Nelson, with art by Lui Antonio.
In filmsTemplate:Or sectionA character of the same name is the antagonist in the 1982 movie Conan the Barbarian. Played by James Earl Jones, the cinematic Thulsa Doom is considerably different from the literary one, who is described as having a skull-like face. Pre-production drawings showed this version of Thulsa Doom with the skull-like face, but as filmed, he is essentially the classic "Conan" villain Thoth-Amon, servant of the serpent-god Set. As such, he appears as an ordinary human in the film, though one said to have lived for a thousand years and with the power to transform into an enormous snake. This Thulsa Doom/Thoth-Amon hybrid appears to have been re-imagined as a cult leader in the manner of the real life demagogues that had popped up in the decade previous to the film's release like Charles Manson or Jim Jones. In the movie he is shown to have an extraordinary command of his followers. For example, in one scene, after Thulsa Doom commands one of his female followers on a high ledge to come to him, she jumps off the ledge to her death. In this he resembled Hassan-i Sabbah, the Nizari leader, who according to Arab sources had one of his followers leap to his death to demonstrate his power to visiting dignitaries. Additionally Sabbah's hashassans would leave daggers on the pillows of dignitaries to intimidate them as did the cult in the Conan film. Dynamite Entertainment announced that Djimon Hounsou signed to co-produce and star as Thulsa Doom in a film version based on the comic books, rather than Robert E. Howard's original incarnation,Template:Citation needed although the film has not been made yet.
Thulsa Doom is prototype of many evil wizards in Robert E.Howard stories.He believed by some to the inspiration for maybe Doctor Doom and Skeletor
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