Thak is an ape-like humanoid, possessing great strength. Neither fully human nor fully ape, Thak is one of a race of creatures that dwell in the mountains near eastern Zamora. He is encountered in the Pyramid of the Ancients.

In Fiction[]

Thak appears in the Robert E. Howard story "Rogues in the House". He is eventually killed by Conan.

Thak was one of the grey apes from the Vilayet Sea region, specifically the eastern part of Zamora. Thak was captured and kept by Nabonidus as a servant/pet. He was highly devious and possessed near-human intelligence. Eventually, Thak grew jealous of, or rebellious, towards his master and took control of the system of traps which Nabonidus had installed in his mansion; using them to eliminate a party of nationalistic enemies of Nabonidus who had come to assassinate him.

Thak was killed by Conan in a great brawl, whereupon shortly after Nabonidus also meets his bloody end. Conan commented after their battle that he had come to consider Thak as a man, rather than an animal. Of the many humanoid enemies Conan had faced throughout his adventures, the mighty Thak was among the strongest.

Behind the scenes[]

Although pure speculation, Thak and his kind were possibly based on the extinct hominids known as Australopithecus; creatures considered to be somewhere between man and ape on the evolutionary scale.


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