- 🔀 This is an article about the character. For the story in which it first appeared, see Dagon (short story).
Dagon is a deity who presides over the Deep Ones, an amphibious humanoid race that currently resides in the Earth's oceans. He is first introduced in Lovecraft's short story "Dagon", and is mentioned extensively throughout the mythos. Also known as Father Dagon and the consort of Mother Hydra, although they are worshipped as deities, they are generally considered Great Old Ones.
At a very advanced age, some Deep Ones reach enormous sizes (citation needed). Such individuals engender the Cult of Dagon, who worship these creatures as deities. They are, in fact, entirely corporeal beings whose great age contributes to their massive size. There is fossil evidence that the oldest, largest of these beings reached sizes of over 50 feet in height (citation needed).
Dagon is an enormous specimen of a Deep One (citation needed)that has been mentioned in texts since at least the time of Mesopotamia. He is worshipped as a deity by a devout cult of both humans and Deep Ones. While apparently immortal, his longevity may be attributable to his fraternization with the Star Spawn, who sometimes select formidable specimens from a given species to protect, nurture, and empower for reasons known only to them (citation needed).
It may also be that there has been more than one gigantic specimen of Deep Ones who could have been confused with or mistaken for the original Dagon (citation needed). All Deep Ones continue to grow slowly after they reach maturity, provided that they have access to enough nourishment. In fact, there are ancient Dagon-related carvings that display what appear to be several gigantic Deep Ones wrestling with whales, although these may in fact be the creatures known as Silent Ones, a trio of creatures worshipped by the Deep Ones which are known to eat whales (EXP: "Toadface").
The biblical Philistines worshipped the god Dagon, mentioned in the old testament in Judges 16:23.
Lovecraft most likely based Dagon on the ancient Mesopotamian deity of the same name, who was a god of fish, fishing, and fertility.
Behind the Mythos
- George Olshevsky named the nonconvex snub polyhedra after entities from the Mythos, with the Snub icosidodecadodecahedron as "Dagon".
- The 2001 movie Dagon was, despite its name, based on "The Shadow Over Innsmouth".
- Dagon was the name of a Philistine Idol in the Old Testament of the Christian Bible.
- The metal band Dagon from Lansing, Michigan is named after the deity. Their songs revolve around events related to the sea, and often contain a supernatural element.
Links and References
- Main article: Dagon/Gallery