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"In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming..." - English translation of Aklo verse

This article is written on a topic within the Greater Cthulhu Mythos based on information from works in the Mythos. By default, all information is to be assumed to derive from the Lovecraft Myth Cycle unless otherwise marked.

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Nodens is a deity and Elder God. He is the lord and master of the night-gaunts, a race of strange flying creatures.

Behind the MythosEdit

  • The name Nodens probably derives from a Celtic stem *noudont- or *noudent-, which J. R. R. Tolkien suggested was related to a Germanic root meaning "acquire, have the use of", earlier "to catch, entrap (as a hunter)". Making the connection with Nuada and Lludd's hand, he detected "an echo of the ancient fame of the magic hand of Nodens the Catcher". The name "nodens" translates from Latin as "no teeth."
  • Nodens makes an appearance in the anime Haiyore! Nyaruko-San! as an old man, as do Night-gaunts.


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