“Swords of the Purple Kingdom” was never published in Howard’s lifetime. It was first printed in King Kull by Lancer in 1967. The story was written sometime in 1929. Like “Delcardes’ Cat” and “By This Axe I Rule!” it features a couple who wish Kull to help them get married.


A young couple from different nations asks Kull for permission to marry. Kull is then kidnapped in a coup attempt, and coincidentally taken to the same garden where the young couple was going to meet and elope. When the young man helps Kull fight off the bandits, he finds Kull much more sympathetic to his romantic situation.

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