Real Name: Haderüngd
Identity/Class: Normal human (Hyborian Era)
Occupation: Fighter for Gunderland
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Arcadius, Conan, Aquilonians
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Gunderland
First Appearance: Conan the Barbarian#201 (December, 1987)
Powers/Abilities: Haderüngd was a relatively skilled sword fighter, but brash, bullying and murderously patriotic to his homeland.
(Conan the Barbarian#201 (fb) - BTS) - Haderüngd used a deep dry well in a tavern as a means of disposing of his enemies. A proud Gunderman, Haderüngd despised Aquilonia's attempts to colonize his homeland and organized a mercenary force of hillsmen, including the youth Conan. He and his mercenaries overcame an Aquilonian war party, but Haderüngd later refused to pay his mercenaries, calling them mindless savages. Haderüngd then dragged the hapless and defeated Aquilonian captain to a tavern.
(Conan the Barbarian#201 (fb)) - Conan followed Haderüngd to the inn to claim the money he was owed and watched as he beat up and killed the Aquilonian by throwing him through a trapdoor into a deep dry well. Conan then smashed the door to the tavern and demanded the gold from Haderüngd, who then drew knife against the youth. However, Conan quickly disarmed the Gunderman and used the knife to stab his hand to the table. Haderüngd's friends, although not overly loyal, sought to come to his aid, and Haderüngd freed himself while Conan was busy fighting the others. Haderüngd then tackled Conan, throwing them both to the ground, only to fall through the same trapdoor that the Gunderman had used earlier. They both landed relatively unharmed at the base of the dry well.
The two then sought to escape the pit via adjoining catacombs until Haderüngd was attacked by a fanged and clawed creature. Conan saved him from the beast if only to prevent it from attacking him as well. Conan then crawled into a very narrow tunnel used by the beasts and was quickly followed by the fearful Haderüngd, although being younger and slimmer, Conan could travel better in the confines of the tunnel. Both were attacked by another fanged creature at either end of the tunnel. Conan killed his attacker and clambered outside. The Gunderman promised to pay Conan anything to save him from the beast, although the daylight caused Haderüngd's bestial attacker to flee anyway. Conan again demanded his fee and Haderüngd reluctantly handed over a small bag of gold coins. However, while Conan's back was turned, Haderüngd struck the youth unconscious with a rock and reclaimed his purse of money before wandering off.
Comments: Created by James Owsley (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils) and Adam Kubert (inks).
This story is told by Thulsa Doom as a flashback of a time when Conan was 17 years old.
As the dry well had been used by Haderüngd several times before, it suggests that he had some dealings with the tavern's owners, or possibly have been the owner of the establishment given his relative wealth.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Haderüngd has no known connections to:
Arcadius was a captain of an Aquilonian war-party dispatched into Gunderland. However, he and his soldiers had been routed by Haderüngd and his mercenary soldiers. A prisoner, he was taken to an inn where he was assaulted by Haderüngd, humiliated, then thrown by the Gunderman on top of a trapdoor, which was then released and he fell to his death down a deep dry well. His body later blunted the fall of Conan and Haderüngd.
--Conan the Barbarian#201
Conan the Barbarian#201, p10, pan3 (main image)
Conan the Barbarian#201 (December, 1987) - James Owsley (writer), Andy Kubert (pencils), Adam Kubert (inks), Michael Higgins (editor)
Last updated: 08/03/08
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