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This page is about the aquatic monster, possibly one of the Great Old Ones, created by H.P. Lovecraft.

For the mythological god, the fallen angel, and the Kushite god, please consult this page.
A few references might consequently be present on both pages, notably due to the fact both the aquatic monster and the Kushite god were active in the Hyborian Age.

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

The entity described here, known as Dagon, was an eldritch and horrific creature, tied to the sea, sire of monstrous spawn, and possibly one of the Great Old Ones.

History

Preface

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

This page will only treat of the aquatic monster and possible Old Ones. Exceptions will include information concerning examples were both the aquatic monster and the Annunaki/Kushite god (and the fallen angel) can fit, such as Dagon's worship among the Philistines, and cases where the lack of information prevent to confirm which Dagon is mentioned (such as in mentions of the Talons of Dagon).

Any connections between these Dagon remain speculative.[7][9]

Origins

Dagon was the name of a gigantic aquatic creature,[7] suspected to be one of the Great Old Ones or a degenerated god.[6] A loathsome horror upon Earth, it allegedly predated the coming of Men,[4] as did his worship.[10]

Alternatively, it has been theorized that Ea (also presented as the Annunaki god Dagon's younger brother) became the monstrous aquatic Dagon.[5]

Early years

Dagon was the progenitor of hellish spawn, including Khosatral Khel, Dagoth, and the fish-men:[6]

Fishmen worshiping Dagon[14] inhabited a city on the oceanic floor of the Western Sea that was ancient before Man walked the Earth.[10]

Human worship

It is speculated that Dagon/Enlil usurped the name and followers of the monster Dagon who predated him.[7]

Pre-Cataclysmic Age

Circa 18,500 BC, the fishmen in the oceanic floor of the Western Sea worshiped Dagon,[14] since before Man walked the Earth.[10]

Great Cataclysm aftermaths

The following events can't be clearly set in time, due to the lack of information on that matter.
Many cities of his spawn were destroyed in violent events:

Hyborian Age

In the Hyborian Age, Dagon was seen by some as a benevolent god, the father of fishes, despite his true nature, and his jealousy-driven goal of returning all life to the sea. He 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.[4]

The following tales could be tied to the Kushite god, as they are tied to Black Coast, but could as well be related to the aquatic monster, as they were set in the Western Ocean.

  • 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.[15]
  • The Talons of Dagon were a hoard of ancient jewels, dwarfing the fabled treasure-trove of Cap'n Bloodraven,[16] and as fabled as the Phoenix-Trove or the Treasure of Tranicos.[17]

Antiquity

Biblical times

The ancient Philistines had a legend about Dagon, the Fish-God,[13] and worshiped him.[18][19]

The Israelites, then 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 for worshiping 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.[19]

The Micronesian votive idol


At some point, Ulysses Bloodstone somehow came into possession of a Micronesian votive idol which possibly represented Dagon, which ended up in his curios.[20]

20th century

Fish-men lived on a putrid isle in South Pacific, possibly sunken for millions of years, and worshiped Dagon and sacrificed humans to him at his altar, a Cyclopean monolith.[2]

Personality

Dagon was a jealous god who wished to have all life return to the sea.[4]

Notes

Trivia

See Also

Links and References

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Dagon's first paragraph
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #1; Dagon, by Richard Corben
  3. 3.0 3.1 Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #1; Dagon, by H.P. Lovecraft
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Savage Sword of Conan #176; The Three Deaths of Conan
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Ea's paragraph
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z #3; Demons' entry
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z: Update #3; Annunaki's entry, Dagon's second paragraph
  8. Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities #1; Angels' entry
  9. 9.0 9.1 Marvel Zombies: The Book of Angels, Demons & Various Monstrosities #1; Demons' entry
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Savage Sword of Conan #132; Kull the Conqueror! The Sea King
  11. 11.0 11.1 Savage Sword of Conan #15
  12. 12.0 12.1 Marvel Premiere #7; The Shadows of the Starstone!
  13. 13.0 13.1 Haunt of Horror #1; Dagon Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "
    Dagon" defined multiple times with different content
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Savage Sword of Conan #186; Horror Out Of Time
  15. Conan the Barbarian #65
  16. Marvel Comics Super Special #2; Revenge of the Barbarian
  17. Savage Sword of Conan #67; Plunder of Death Island
  18. Bible Tales for Young Folk #2
  19. 19.0 19.1 Bible Tales for Young People #4
  20. Bloodstone #3
  21. Dagon at Wikipedia.org
  22. "Lovecraft, Lee and the Elder Gods: Who will win?" by Gredogtales, March 16, 2017
  23. 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
  24. Savage Sword of Conan #17; Worms of the Earth Part 2: Curse of the Black Stone
  25. Savage Sword of Conan #6; People of the Dark
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