Swords of the Hills is the original title of this story, but it is better known as “The Lost Valley of Iskander”. The story was received by Howard’s agent, Kline, on November 11, 1933.

It’s an El Borak short story. It was not published within Howard’s lifetime, the first publication was in the FAX Collector’s Editions hardback The Lost Valley of Iskander in 1974. 

In this story, El Borak discovers a legendary valley in which live Greek descendants of Alexander the Great invading army. Meanwhile, the vital package he carries must be carried to British India before the Hungarian, Hunyadi, can stop him or thousands will die.

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Cross Plains Library has an original draft of this story.

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