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This subject contains information from the "Lovecraft Circle" Myth Cycles, and while guided by HPL are not based on his work alone. Nodens is a deity and Elder God. He is the lord and master of the night-gaunts, a race of strange flying creatures.

History

Nodens is an "archaic" god served by the night-gaunts. (HPL: The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath). He is somewhat benevolent, opposing the frightening Nyarlathotep.

Nodens is also described with "...the grey and awful form of primal Nodens, Lord of the Great Abyss." (HPL: "The Strange High House in the Mist")

Behind the Mythos

  • 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".
  • A temple to Nodens was found at Lydney Park in Great Britain. It features a surviving mosaic where the god is served by two long-necked seals or as more fanciful people have suggested, plesiosaurs, leading to theories as to the origin of the Loch Ness Monster and its possible connection to Nodens.

In popular culture

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  • Nodens appears as one of the characters in the "Fall of Cthulhu" comic. A resident of the Dreamlands, he appears hunting with several Nightgaunts. He seems not to have good relations with the Harlot.
  • Nodens appears in the video game Persona 2: Eternal Punishment. Due to certain peculiarities, it can be easily inferred that this alludes to the figure of the Mythos and not to that of the real world.

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