Origins of the elder sign

Erskin Brown

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Does anyone know of any lore on where either the Lovecraft or Derleth version of the elder sign came from or who created it?
 

BAYLOR

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Lovecraft created all of the lore legend , history of Cthulhu including the dreaded Necronomicon He also drew inspiration from a host of other writers like Algenon Blackwood, William Hops Hodgson , Abram Merritt. Lenard Cline, Guy De Maupassant , Edgar Allen Poe, Lord Dunany, Arthur Conan Doyle and lot of others beyond that , August Derleth , wrote lovecraftain tales that were derivative of Lovecraft's work, he expanded Lovecraft's story fragment The Lurker at the Threshold , Into a full novel That said , Dereleth was in own right a pretty good writer of macabre tales. He also gave us the Sherlock Holmes pastiche stories of Solar Pons.
 

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I forgot to include Robert W Chambers . He too had an influence on Lovecraft .
 

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I'm not sure where it came from, but the elder sign we know today is much different than what Lovecraft had originally drawn. The first image is what Lovecraft made, basically a bit of a pine branch if you ask me.

What we know of today as the elder sign was drawn be Derleth and has stuck, for obvious reasons. It is the second image.


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I'm not sure where it came from, but the elder sign we know today is much different than what Lovecraft had originally drawn. The first image is what Lovecraft made, basically a bit of a pine branch if you ask me.

What we know of today as the elder sign was drawn be Derleth and has stuck, for obvious reasons. It is the second image.


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How the mind works... you saw a pine branch. I saw Ogham writing!
 

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I'm not sure where it came from, but the elder sign we know today is much different than what Lovecraft had originally drawn. The first image is what Lovecraft made, basically a bit of a pine branch if you ask me.

What we know of today as the elder sign was drawn be Derleth and has stuck, for obvious reasons. It is the second image.


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That Star is most interesting:unsure: . Im thinking that maybe Lovecraft had a vision of the 1956 science fiction movie Warning From Space .:D
 

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That Star is most interesting:unsure: . Im thinking that maybe Lovecraft had a vision of the 1956 science fiction movie Warning From Space .:D
That film is now on my MUST SEE list!
 

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I watched a Japanese-language trailer for Warning from Space just now and noticed water flowing up against the camera lens in a flood scene.

Werner Herzog (in Aguirre) -- you were not the first!!
 
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