Rinaldo was an Aquilonian poet. He was very popular among the people, and notoriously wrote poems and songs about how bad the king was. When Conan became king, Rinaldo started writing about how much better Namedides had been, and how bad Conan was as a ruler. Conan was advised to "rid himself" of Rinaldo, but Conan decided that this would just enrage the people of Aquilonia even more. However, Rinaldo became part of an attempt to kill Conan, and Conan was forced to kill him to save his own life.