The Elder Sign

The Elder Sign


This cabochon pendant holds my own illustration based upon H.P. Lovecraft's original vision for the Elder Sign.

The Elder Sign is an icon in the Cthulhu Mythos, first mentioned in Lovecraft's The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, written in 1926.

Lovecraft described the Elder Sign only once in his writings, as given by the aged alcoholic Zadok Allen in "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" (1936): "In some places they was little stones strewed abaout — like charms — with somethin' on 'em like what ye call a swastika nowadays. Prob'ly them was the Old Ones' signs." In this story, the sign is used as a defense against Deep Ones; apparently, the Deep Ones cannot harm someone protected by an Elder Sign. However, Lovecraft is known to have drawn it in at least one of his correspondences[1] as a single line with five shorter lines branching off.

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