Steel isn’t strong boy, flesh is stronger…What is steel compared to the hand that wields it?

-Thulsa Doom

Conan the BarbarianThat is the question posed by Thulsa Doom to Conan the Barbarian in one of the best, if not the best, fantasy/adventure films of all time.

As a kid from the 80′s I thought that was pretty awesome and is still one of my favorite movies today.

I’ve forgotten how many times I’ve watched the movie now, but it was only as I got older that I fully absorbed the true meaning behind the riddle of steel in other areas of my┬álife.

What is the power of a physical thing compared to the power we hold within ourselves?

Since I’ve watched this movie and others like it (Gladiator, Braveheart, Excalibur) and many others in other genres, I’ve thought about what makes these movies so fun to watch.

It’s not just the blood pumping action and special affects. There has to be a reason for the violence and struggle of the hero or we just don’t care.

That reason is theme. As a movie nut and writer, I thought it would be cool to break down some movies to discuss what the themes are that made them work.

Maybe we can apply some of them to our lives?

I also thought, what the hell – how about write some stories here in the same genre and see what happens. You can sign up for my email list to get notified when the next one comes out.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


Finishing my first race at 44. If I can do it...

Finishing my first race at 44. If I can do it…

About Me

I’m an IT manager by day, but also a writer, traveler, hobbyist photographer, fitness and self-development nut.

Now, go contemplate on the Tree of Woe and I’ll see you soon!

-Brian Bergquist