History Literature / AtTheMountainsOfMadness

6th Dec '16 5:47:06 PM ShrekTheNeck
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It can be read [[http://dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/mountainsofmaddness.htm here.]]

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It can be read [[http://dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/mountainsofmaddness.htm [[http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/mm.aspx here.]]
17th Oct '16 4:11:58 PM ZangotheChua
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** Note that, as far as Lovecraftian beasts go, they're stated to be a species of {{Badass Normal}}s, since despite their biological superiority to humans, they made little or no use of magic (unlike the Deep Ones), were constrained by time (unlike the Race of Yith) and had bodies made of "regular" matter (while the Mi-Go and Star Spawn of Cthulhu were explicitly stated to be more ''exotic'').

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** Note that, as far as Lovecraftian beasts go, they're stated to be a species of {{Badass Normal}}s, since despite their biological superiority to humans, they made little or no use of magic (unlike the Deep Ones), were constrained by time (unlike the Race of Yith) and had bodies made of "regular" matter (while the Mi-Go and Star Spawn of Cthulhu were explicitly stated to be more ''exotic''). They also resort to wearing clothing, using heaters and other human-like behavior.


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** Dyer hypothesizes that this was inevitable: the Shoggoths are flexibility incarnate, able to take the form needed for any task. Being so variable in nature makes keeping them in a state of static subjugation impossible.
28th Aug '16 3:45:38 AM JakesBrain
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--> '''Dyer''': ''"After all, they were not evil things of their kind. They were the men of another age and another order of being. Nature had played a hellish jest on them -- as it will on any others that human madness, callousness, or cruelty may hereafter dig up in that hideously dead or sleeping polar waste -- and this was their tragic homecoming. They had not been even savages-for what indeed had they done? That awful awakening in the cold of an unknown epoch—perhaps an attack by the furry, frantically barking quadrupeds, and a dazed defense against them and the equally frantic white simians with the queer wrappings and paraphernalia ... poor Lake, poor Gedney... and poor Old Ones! Scientists to the last—what had they done that we would not have done in their place? God, what intelligence and persistence! What a facing of the incredible, just as those carven kinsmen and forbears had faced things only a little less incredible! Radiates, vegetables, monstrosities, star spawn — whatever they had been, they were men!"''

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--> '''Dyer''': ''"After all, they were not evil things of their kind. They were the men of another age and another order of being. Nature had played a hellish jest on them -- as it will on any others that human madness, callousness, or cruelty may hereafter dig up in that hideously dead or sleeping polar waste -- and this was their tragic homecoming. They had not been even savages-for savages -- for what indeed had they done? That awful awakening in the cold of an unknown epoch—perhaps an attack by the furry, frantically barking quadrupeds, and a dazed defense against them and the equally frantic white simians with the queer wrappings and paraphernalia ... poor Lake, poor Gedney... and poor Old Ones! Scientists to the last—what had they done that we would not have done in their place? God, what intelligence and persistence! What a facing of the incredible, just as those carven kinsmen and forbears had faced things only a little less incredible! Radiates, vegetables, monstrosities, star spawn — whatever they had been, they were men!"''



** Likewise, the very brief glimpse that Dyer and Danforth have of the shoggoth that pursues them. All Dyer can say is that it put him in mind of a train.
** Also notably, the narrator never sees the Elder Things alive and active, and there are no first-hand accounts of their actions in the story; only the consequences are visible, afterwards.

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** Likewise, the very brief glimpse that Dyer and Danforth have of the shoggoth that pursues them. All Dyer can say is that it put him them both in mind of a train.
subway train roaring through a tunnel.
** Also notably, the narrator himself never sees the Elder Things alive and active, and there are no first-hand accounts of their actions in the story; only the consequences are visible, afterwards.



* OffWithHisHead: The Shoggoths main method of disposing of their hated masters is by crudely tearing off their heads through sheer force of suction.

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* OffWithHisHead: The Shoggoths Shoggoths' main method of disposing of their hated masters is by crudely tearing off their heads through sheer force of suction.



** The narrator refers to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Roerich Nicholas Roerich]] [[http://www.roerich.ee/galnew/gallery.php?l=eng&g=NR paintings of Himalayan landscapes]] when describing the mountains of the Antarctic.

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** The narrator refers to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Roerich Nicholas Roerich]] Roerich's]] [[http://www.roerich.ee/galnew/gallery.php?l=eng&g=NR paintings of Himalayan landscapes]] when describing the mountains of the Antarctic.



* UnreliableExpositor: Dyer considers the possibility that the Elder Thing's histories may be colored somewhat. He wonders if the “exotic matter” of the Star-spawn and Mi-go is a mythological construct, and notes that there is no mention of the Great Race of Yith.

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* UnreliableExpositor: Dyer considers the possibility that the Elder Thing's Things' histories may be colored somewhat. He wonders if the “exotic matter” of the Star-spawn and Mi-go is a mythological construct, and notes that there is no mention of the Great Race of Yith.
2nd Jul '16 12:25:37 PM VoxAquila
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* UlimateEvil: There's something even worse that the Elder Things or the Shoggoths at the mountains, never seen or even speculated of. It's implied to be what Danforth sees at the end of the story, driving him completely mad.

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* UlimateEvil: UltimateEvil: There's something even worse that the Elder Things or the Shoggoths at the mountains, never seen or even speculated of. It's implied to be what Danforth sees at the end of the story, driving him completely mad.
2nd Jul '16 12:23:08 PM VoxAquila
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* UlimateEvil: There's something even worse that the Elder Things or the Shoggoths at the mountains, never seen or even speculated of. It's implied to be what Danforth sees at the end of the story, driving him completely mad.
24th Jun '16 6:15:52 AM Doug86
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* DoingInTheWizard: Many elements of previous stories in the CthulhuMythos are recast as being of extraterrestrial, as opposed to supernatural, origin. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Another interpretation]] is that the protagonist of the story was a scientist, and the Old Ones seem very science-based themselves. It could just be a case of the protagonist, the old ones, or both trying to explain where the creatures of the CthulhuMythos came from. With science.

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* DoingInTheWizard: Many elements of previous stories in the CthulhuMythos Franchise/CthulhuMythos are recast as being of extraterrestrial, as opposed to supernatural, origin. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Another interpretation]] is that the protagonist of the story was a scientist, and the Old Ones seem very science-based themselves. It could just be a case of the protagonist, the old ones, or both trying to explain where the creatures of the CthulhuMythos Franchise/CthulhuMythos came from. With science.



* FunWithAcronyms: The news station that interviews Dyer in the ARTC radio version is known as W[[CthulhuMythos CTH]] News.

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* FunWithAcronyms: The news station that interviews Dyer in the ARTC radio version is known as W[[CthulhuMythos W[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos CTH]] News.



* [[ContinuityNod Mythos Nod]]: This story makes explicit references to many of Lovecraft's other narratives, and is one of the reasons why the CthulhuMythos are thought of as a single, coherent universe.

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* [[ContinuityNod Mythos Nod]]: This story makes explicit references to many of Lovecraft's other narratives, and is one of the reasons why the CthulhuMythos Franchise/CthulhuMythos are thought of as a single, coherent universe.
25th Mar '16 3:15:47 PM Theriocephalus
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--> '''Dyer''': ''"After all, they were not evil things of their kind. They were the men of another age and another order of being. Nature had played a hellish jest on them—as it will on any others that human madness, callousness, or cruelty may hereafter dig up in that hideously dead or sleeping polar waste—and this was their tragic homecoming. They had not been even savages-for what indeed had they done? That awful awakening in the cold of an unknown epoch—perhaps an attack by the furry, frantically barking quadrupeds, and a dazed defense against them and the equally frantic white simians with the queer wrappings and paraphernalia ... poor Lake, poor Gedney... and poor Old Ones! Scientists to the last—what had they done that we would not have done in their place? God, what intelligence and persistence! What a facing of the incredible, just as those carven kinsmen and forbears had faced things only a little less incredible! Radiates, vegetables, monstrosities, star spawn — whatever they had been, they were men!"''

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--> '''Dyer''': ''"After all, they were not evil things of their kind. They were the men of another age and another order of being. Nature had played a hellish jest on them—as them -- as it will on any others that human madness, callousness, or cruelty may hereafter dig up in that hideously dead or sleeping polar waste—and waste -- and this was their tragic homecoming. They had not been even savages-for what indeed had they done? That awful awakening in the cold of an unknown epoch—perhaps an attack by the furry, frantically barking quadrupeds, and a dazed defense against them and the equally frantic white simians with the queer wrappings and paraphernalia ... poor Lake, poor Gedney... and poor Old Ones! Scientists to the last—what had they done that we would not have done in their place? God, what intelligence and persistence! What a facing of the incredible, just as those carven kinsmen and forbears had faced things only a little less incredible! Radiates, vegetables, monstrosities, star spawn — whatever they had been, they were men!"''



* StarfishLanguage: ({{Trope Namer|s}}) The Elder Things communicate by making piping sounds through their breathing tubes.

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* StarfishLanguage: ({{Trope Namer|s}}) The {{Trope Namer|s}}. The Elder Things communicate by making piping sounds through their breathing tubes.



* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Originally mindless workers, the Shoggoths somehow evolved intelligence once the Elder Things relocated to Earth, its hinted that it was a side effect of the Elder Things modifying them for their new world. A war was apparently fought to resubjugate the Shoggoths and keep them from wiping out their masters, and it seemingly worked...temporarily. After the Elder Things relocated to a giant, underground sea, its implied that the Shoggoths once again rose up, and this time, they won.

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* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Originally mindless workers, the Shoggoths somehow evolved intelligence once the Elder Things relocated to Earth, its Earth. It's hinted that it was a side effect of the Elder Things modifying them for their new world. A war was apparently fought to resubjugate the Shoggoths and keep them from wiping out their masters, and it seemingly worked... temporarily. After the Elder Things relocated to a giant, underground sea, its it's implied that the Shoggoths once again rose up, and this time, they won.



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17th Nov '15 9:15:28 AM DarkStarling
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* AlienGeometries: As expected for Lovecraft, the expedition nearly gets lost thanks to the nature of what they have discovered.

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* AlienGeometries: As expected for Lovecraft, the expedition nearly gets lost thanks to the nature of what they have discovered. In this case it's at least as much the alien architecture as any twisting of space.
3rd Nov '15 11:51:05 PM seerofthevideos
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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler:Danforth]] sees...''something'' past the far mountains. It's implied that he gets a good look at the [[spoiler: [[EldritchLocation dread city Kadath]]]] and through it sees a sight ''[[UpToEleven even worse]]''. Although never outright stated, from various gibberings, it's likely that [[spoiler: he got a good look at the history of many, ''many'' [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], including the Shoggoths, the Great Old Ones, and even Outer Gods like ''Yog-Sothoth'']].
20th Oct '15 8:13:49 PM ManEFaces
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** Um … Danforth? Whatever is making that eldritch, demented piping, it is definitely not the penguins. Frankly, I'm not at all certain that the source of the stertorian clamour bears thinking about, let alone looking upon. It would be better to leave this place before we are given no choice but to confront that hellish, otherwoldly entity. But we're in a Lovecraft novella, so that's probably not in the cards — madness, here we come.
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