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:
- Dagon was the name of a gigantic aquatic creature, suspected to be one of the Old Ones or a degenerated god.
- Dagon was an angel living in Heaven who, according to unconfirmed sources, became a fallen angel, cast out of Heaven, possibly for participating in Lucifer's rebellion.
- Dagon, also known as Enlil in Sumer and Ellil in Babylon, was the first born son of Anu and Ki, and the Annunaki god of wind and air. The Annunaki were worshiped as far back as the Pre-Cataclysmic Age Atlantis and Valusia.
- Dagon was an Hyborian death god worshiped.
Possible Old One
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.
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.
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 the 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.
Possible Old One
He was served by a race of fish-men of whom he was the progenitor. 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.
- In a possible future, Conan was confronted to such a group, and was turned by Dagon into one of his mindless slaves.
Kushite Death God
At least in 16,000 BC, 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. He was chieftain of Kushite gods. Both Derketo and Dagon were worshiped in the temple of Zembabwei, in gold images.
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.
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.
The Israelites, now including many idol-worshipers, went to battle with the Philistines, bringing the Ark of the Covenant to ensure their victory. Allegedly, due to God being angry with 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.
- The tanker was sunk, but two seamen and a passenger survived in a lifeboat. The seamen were later captured by the fish-men, while the passenger arrived safely onto 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.
Dagon was a jealous god who wished to have all life return to the sea.
As a death god, Dagon was equipped with the scythe-sword that cut down souls like wheat.
- Dagon was an Assyro-Babylonian and Levantine (Canaanite) deity, later used by H.P. Lovecraft in Dagon and The Shadow Over Innsmouth. It remains to be seen if the mythological Dagon (the god) and Lovecraft's take on Dagon (the monster and possible Old One) are the same entity in the Marvel Universe.
- First appearing in Marvel Premiere, Sligguth, as the son of an Elder God worshiped by his Serpent-Men descendants in the US coastal city of Starkesboro, is considered as inspired either by H.P. Lovecraft's Dagon or by Cthulhu, while the Serpent-Men stand for the Deep Ones and Starkesboro for Innsmouth.
- Evasive references of Dagon (presumably the monster and possible Old One) are made through history:
- In Wales during the period the Roman Empire occupied the British Isles, a moor was known as Dagon-Moor, a mound as Dagon's Barrow, a lake Dagon's Meer, another place Dagon's Ring. The relation, if any, of those places to Dagon is unknown.
- In Cimmeria during the Hyborian Age, which became the British Isles during the Modern Age, a cavern was known as Dagon's Cave (at least during the Modern Age). The relation, if any, of that place (or its inhabitant, the Dark People) to Dagon is unknown.
- 3 Appearances of Dagon (Annunaki) (Earth-616)
- 5 Minor Appearances of Dagon (Annunaki) (Earth-616)
- Media Dagon (Annunaki) (Earth-616) was Mentioned in
- 4 Images featuring Dagon (Annunaki) (Earth-616)
- Quotations by or about Dagon (Annunaki) (Earth-616)
- Character Gallery: Dagon (Annunaki) (Earth-616)
- Dagon at the Guide to the Mythological Universe
- Dagon at the Appendix to the Marvel Universe web-site
- Enlil and Dagon at Wikipedia
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- ↑ 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
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Annunaki's entry
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #3; Council of Godheads' entry
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #1; Dagon
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Savage Sword of Conan #176
- ↑ All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Nergal's paragraph
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 Conan the Barbarian #66
- ↑ Conan the Barbarian #59
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Ba'al's entry
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #197; A Night in Messantia
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Conan the Barbarian #62
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Ea's paragraph
- ↑ Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Angels' entry
- ↑ Conan the Barbarian #59 shows a statue matching the form of Dagon in the Annunaki entry of Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Marduk and Kingu's paragraph
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #15
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #25
- ↑ Conan the Barbarian #65
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #67
- ↑ Bible Tales for Young Folk #2
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 Bible Tales for Young People #4
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 Savage Sword of Conan #17; Worms of the Earth Part 2: Curse of the Black Stone
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 Savage Sword of Conan #6; People of the Dark
- ↑ Dagon on Wikipedia
- ↑ "Lovecraft, Lee and the Elder Gods: Who will win?" by Gredogtales, march 16, 2017
- ↑ 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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