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This page merge many beings sometimes believed to be the same entity, and could be split in the future regarding the publication of new material.


Dagon is one or many beings of multiple origin: Fallen angel, god (degenerated, Hyborian death god, Annunaki), demon, gigantic aquatic creature, Old One...).


Origins and early years

Dagon has multiple origins, or rather many beings have used his names and posed as each other:

An connections between between these Dagons remain speculative,[11][13] although at least one form of the Kushite god matches the known form of the Annunaki god.[16]

Possible Old One

Dagon was a loathsome horror upon Earth even before the coming of Men, the Fall of Lemuria and Atlantis.[5]

Annunaki

Early years

It is speculated that Enlil usurped the name and followers of the monster Dagon who predated him.[11]

Dagon was exiled from Dilmun to the underworld of Irkalla for raping the goddess Ninlil.

He was eventually allowed to return to Dilmun. He was later granted by Anu the Tablets of Destiny, empowering him as supreme organizer of the universe, while Anu served as the Annunaki's figurehead.

Ninlil became his wife at some point.[1]

At another point, Dagon planned to annihilate humanity with a great flood, but Ea persuaded him to only punish them.[14]

Annunaki Civil War

When Tiamat and her son Kingu attacked the Annunaki, Tiamat's minions stole the Tablets of Destiny from Dagon, and Kingu used them as a breastplate granting him great power.

They then launched the Annunaki civil war, Kingu leading Tiamat's monster-progeny armies (horned serpents, snake-dragons, demonic lions, lion-men scorpion-men and bull-men) and besieging Dilmun.[17]

Ba'al (with the help of his brother Ea) usurped Dagon's rule, who had succeeded to Anu and whom they perceived as ineffective.[9]

Dagon sired the giant god Ullikummis, made entirely of impenetrable diorite stone, who grew rapidly and chased Ba'al,[1] though he was later defeated by Ba'al and Ea.[9]

As Anu and Dagon proved incapable of ending the war, Ea's son Marduk offered to lead Anu's forces against the armies of Tiamat, and in return would become supreme ruler of the Annunaki. He slew Tiamat, defeated Kingu, retrieved the Tablets of Power and slaughtered Tiamat's remaining followers. He then was crowned ruler of the Annunaki.[17]

Post-civil war

It is suspected that in recent years, Dagon impersonated Yahweh as El, and the leader of violent factions of Angels, such as the Asura.[11]

Hyborian Age

Possible Old One

During the Hyborian Age, Dagon was seen by some as a benelovent god, the father of fishes, despite his true nature, and his jealousy-driven goal of returning all life to the sea.[5]

The monster Dagon was likely the parent of the god Khosatral Khel, worshiped by the Dagonites[11] or Dagonians.[18]

He was possibly either the precursor, ancestor[11] or progenitor of the demon Dagoth.[13]

He was served by a race of fish-men[4] whom he was the progenitor.[13] He also had disciples who "[became] one with the sea", turning into fish-men (or "men of the sea), in the name of Dagon. Those disciples were mentioned in tales, presented as Mermaids and Sirens. They raided villages to capture new members, who were controlled and transformed by Dagon.[5]

In a possible future, Conan was confronted to such a group, and was turned by Dagon into one of his mindless slaves.[5]

Kushite Death God

At least in 16,000 BC,[11] Dagon was a Death God in Kush. His statue was one of the many in the Temple of a Thousand Gods of Messantia, in Argos.[7] He was chieftain of Kushite gods.[12] Both Derketo and Dagon were worshiped in the temple of Zembabwei, in gold images.[19]

An area within the Western Ocean was considered forbidden, to enter being to defy the curse of Dagon, as the black corsair Ahmaan the Merciless had vanished there a century before the Age of Conan.[20]

He became Derketa's husband (Derkata was originally Derketo, a male Shemite god whose story was garbled, and eventually became the goddess Derketa to mate with Dagon).

When Conan and Bêlit came to the Temple of a Thousand Gods to acquire the Iron-Bound Book of Skelos, the priest used his hypnosis powers to have both of them to appear to the other respectively as Dagon and Derketa, for them to fight each other. Conan, triumphing over "Derketa", was able to figure things before he would slay Bêlit.[7]

Unclear facts

...[21]

Antiquity

Biblical times

The ancient Philistines had a legend about Dagon, the Fish-God,[4] and the Philistines worshiped Dagon.[22][23]

The Israelites, now including many idols-worshipers, went to battle with the Philistine, bringing the Ark of the Covenant to ensure their victory. Allegedly due to God being angry to the Israelites who worshiped idols, the Philistines won the battle and took the Ark. They brought it to their city of Ashdod and placed the Ark in the temple of Dagon. The two next nights, the statue of Dagon fell or broke, and the Philistines returned the Ark to the Israelites, as the prophet Samuel had said they would.[23]

200 AD

...[24]

Modern days

...[25]

The race of fish-men he had sired[13] lived on a putrid isle in South Pacific, worshiped Dagon and sacrificed humans to him at his altar, a Cyclopean monolith.

During World War I, a tanker was attacked by a German sea raider. Two variations of this story exist:

  • The tanker was sank, but two seamen and a passenger survived in a lifeboat. The seamen were later captured by the fish-men, while the passenger arrived safely into their island where he inspected the altar to Dagon. The fish-men then gathered around the altar, to sacrifice both fish and the two seamen to him. Dagon then emerged to consume those, causing the survivor to go mad and flee.
  • The tanker was captured, but the passenger managed to escape. He arrived on a lifeboat on the island, and inspected the altar, until he saw Dagon and went mad.

He later found himself in San Francisco, where he remained insane, until the fish-men found him again.[4]

Dagon was a jealous god, who wished to have all life return to the sea.[5]

Powers

The Annunaki Dagon ranked second in power and influence, after his father Anu but before his younger brother Ea.[14]





Weapons

As a Death-God, Dagon was equipped with the scythe-sword, that cut down souls like wheat.[7]

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Dagon's first paragraph
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Annunaki's entry
  3. 3.0 3.1 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #3; Council of Godheads' entry
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #1; Dagon
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Savage Sword of Conan #176
  6. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Nergal's paragraph
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Conan the Barbarian #66
  8. Conan the Barbarian #59
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Ba'al's entry
  10. Savage Sword of Conan #197; A Night in Messantia
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Dagon's second paragraph
  12. 12.0 12.1 Conan the Barbarian #62
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Ea's paragraph
  15. Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Angels' entry
  16. Conan the Barbarian #59 shows a statue matching the form of Dagon in the Annunaki entry of Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1
  17. 17.0 17.1 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Marduk and Kingu's paragraph
  18. Savage Sword of Conan #15
  19. Savage Sword of Conan #25
  20. Conan the Barbarian #65
  21. Savage Sword of Conan #67
  22. Bible Tales for Young Folk #2
  23. 23.0 23.1 Bible Tales for Young People #4
  24. 24.0 24.1 Savage Sword of Conan #17; Worms of the Earth Part 2: Curse of the Black Stone
  25. 25.0 25.1 Savage Sword of Conan #6; People of the Dark
  26. Dagon on Wikipedia
  27. "Lovecraft, Lee and the Elder Gods: Who will win?" by Gredogtales, march 16, 2017
  28. Marvel Comics in the 1970s: An Issue-by-Issue Field Guide to a Pop Culture Phenomenon, 2011, Pierre Comtois, quoted in "Lovecraft, Lee and the Elder Gods: Who will win?" by Gredogtales, march 16, 2017



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