TURLOUGH DUBH: ANOTHER NEGLECTED ROBERT E. HOWARD CHARACTER

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Recently, Balladeer’s Blog examined Robert E. Howard’s trilogy of tales featuring one of his neglected characters, James Allison. This time around we’ll take a look at another overlooked creation of Howard – the Irish warrior Turlough Dubh of Clan O’Brien. 

grey god passesTHE GREY GOD PASSES – This was technically the first appearance of Turlough Dubh but the story was not published until long after Robert E. Howard’s suicide in 1936. That publication came in 1962’s DarkMind, Dark Heart. The other two Turlough stories were published in 1931. 

Turlough is just one of many characters – both real and fictional – in this historical adventure about the real-life Battle of Clontarf on April 23rd, 1014 – Good Friday. The battle supposedly lasted from sunrise to sunset.

Robert E. Howard’s approach in this tale could be likened to those big-budget, all-star war movies like The Longest Day, A Bridge Too…

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