Origins and early years
The Elder Gods are incredibly powerful ethereal beings with vast cosmic powers, who are the survivors of the first wave of entities that were spawned by the Demiurge visiting Earth soon after its formation, 4 billion years ago.
Degeneration and Elder Gods culling
Set discovered that if he ate his brethren gods, his own power would increase, so he started to do so, becoming the first murderer in the history of the planet. The process also caused him to degenerate into a demon. Most of the other Elder Gods, with the exception of Gaea, began to imitate him, so that whoever was not devoured had now become a demon.
Gaea currently resides within the Earth itself. Oshtur formed the Vishanti to assist Earth's Sorcerer Supreme. Set and Chthon were driven from Earth by Gaea's son Atum, but still exert influence through their followers and artifacts.
- The Elder Gods were created by August Derleth as a new classification within the Cthulhu Mythos. Marvel's Elder Gods were then created by Roy Thomas, and were inspired by Greek mythology (Gaia), Egyptian mythology (Set and Atum), as well as the Cthulhu Mythos (Chthon), some of them being close to the Great Old Ones.
- The magical hierarchy was confirmed in the Marvel Tarot #1 and Mystic Arcana to only have four surviving elder gods. All other elder gods were destroyed by Atum and are where the pantheons of Humankind emerged. Atum has himself been considered as an (additional) Elder God. Set's sister Isuus was also worshiped in Stygia, though it is unknown what was her status.
- The Elder Gods of Earth are not to be confused with the multiple groups known as Elder Gods - especially the Old Ones (also known as Many-Angled Ones) of the Cthulhu Mythos, such as Shuma-Gorath; which are sometimes called "Elder gods". In Carnage Vol 2 the Elder God Chthon was depicted as a stand-in for Cthulhu, and was included into the Great Old Ones.
- Discuss Elder Gods of Earth on the forums
- 14 representatives of Elder Gods of Earth
- Appearances of Elder Gods of Earth
- Minor Appearances of Elder Gods of Earth
- Media Elder Gods of Earth was Mentioned in
- Race Gallery: Elder Gods of Earth
- Images of Elder Gods of Earth
Links and References
- ↑ Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Thor Annual #10
- ↑ Marvel Tarot #1; Planes Prelude: The Inner Planes
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Carnage Vol 2 #14
- ↑ Mystic Arcana Sister Grimm #1
- ↑ Carnage Vol 2 #14-15
- ↑ Silver Surfer Annual #2; Saga of the Serpent Crown: Creation
- ↑ Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Atum's entry
- ↑ Thor & Hercules: Encyclopaedia Mythologica #1; Gaea's entry
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Incredible Hercules #118
- ↑ Lovecraft, Lee and the Elder gods: Who will win? at greydogtales
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 Cove West on Marvel and Lovecraft at Remarquable
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Elder Gods ar Wikipedia
- ↑ Oshtur at (French) Wikipedia
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #216
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #125; At the Altar of the Goat God
- ↑ Savage Sword of Conan #164; The Slithering God
- ↑ All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #8; N'Garai's entry
- ↑ Marvel Zombies Handbook #1;Demons' entry
- ↑ Doctor Strange #388
- ↑ Thanos Imperative #5
- ↑ Thanos Imperative #6