Geologist Wayne Dyer, though initially spooked upon discovering the remnants of the extraterrestrial Elder Things' Antarctic civilization, concludes that—uniquely in a Lovecraft work—their alien nature did not mean they were evilnote that designation belonging instead to their creations the shoggoths, which became corrupt and destroyed them:
After all, they were not evil things of their kind. They were the men of another age and another order of being [...] They had not been even savages—for what indeed had they done? [...] 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!