The Necronomicon is the title of a fictional book created by H.P. Lovecraft. Numerus other authers including Clark Ashton Smith, Brian Lumley, Ramsey Campbell and Keith Herber have added to its contents over the years.
Alhazred's knoweldge is so extensive and wide ranging that describing all the al Azif's contents in such a short space would be nigh on impossible. However I shall endeavour to give a short list of samples (note, there are many more spells I have'nt listed:
- A section that mentions creatures beyond the threshold of space such as the Tomb Herd.
- A description of the powers the Other Name of Azathoth gives the wielder but not the name itself.
- Information on the Gulf of S'lghuo,
- A chapter on a complicated and lengthy process capable of resurrecting the dead.
- A formula for temparerly banishing manifestations of Ahtu
- Page 984 contains a passage in the Naacal no translation is given.
- The Zoan Chant; a spell for reflected harmful powers sent against the caster
- Stories about a Ghoul
- A formula for Mind Transference
- Instructions on how to make the Powder of Ibn Ghazi
- A foot note containing an untitled formula capable of opening a gateway to Cthugha
- A passage about the Crawling Ones and the Green Flame.
- Page 751 contains a long chant capable of summoning Yog-Sothoth is used at the right time.
- Information on the Black Pharoh Nephren-Ka
- A prophecy fortelling the rebirth of the high priest Nophru Ka
- A large amount of information on the antarctic Elder Things
- Information on an ancient aqautic race Alhazred terms the Dwellers in the Depths. This page allso features an astrological chart.
- Page 224 contains the Hoy-Dhin Chant
- Instructions on how to destroy an egg of Yig using a combination of musical notes
- An illustration of the Furnace of Nug
- A chapter on Umr-At-Tawiland the ultimate gate
Heres a small selection of quotes from varius translations of the Necronomicon.
Kitab al Azif
The Arabic manuscripts are faithful reproductions of Abdul al Alhazred 's original. These version are written upon scrolls and preserved in codexs. All in all its contents total over one thousand pages complete with star charts, formula tables and astrological maps.
In 950 AD Theodore Philétas of Constantinople made a Greek translation of the Kitab al Azif. This volume was named the Necronomicon after its opening words. Despite a few errors Philétas's reproductions of the book's charts and tables are faithful to Alhazred 's original illustrations. In 1050 the Patriarch Michel had many of copies of the book burnt.
Sometime between 1501 and 1550 the Italian Aldus Manutius commissioned the printing of around one hundred folio sized copies of Philétas's Greek translation.
Interestingly the Greek translation contains a spell not present in the original. It is a formula used to open a Gate under Memphis through which the black sphinx; one of the million favoured ones, may enter the world. It is unknown whether Philétas added this spell of his own accord or if it had been added to his Arabic version by a previous owner.
A Latin translation of Philétas's Greek version was made in 1228 by a Dominican monk named Olaus Wormius (no relation to the 16th century Danish physician Ole Worm). Unfortunately Wormius's beautifully stylised illustrations robbed many of the star charts of their accuracy. This edition was widely printed up until Pope Gregory IX outlawed it, after which many copies were destroyed.
The Latin translation was reprinted in 1477 by a German publisher. The production was printed in black letter and a number of woodcuts were added.
Another reprint was made in Spain during the year of 1662. Both this and the above version were 802 page long folios.
English “Dee” Translation
While staying at the home of a Baron Hauptman the famed occultist Doctor John Dee made an English translation from Hauptman's Greek copy. Dee's translation is garbled and in many places he has changed outright the meaning of certain things to fit with in his own Enochian beliefs. Never the less, his translations of many of the spells remains accurate. This version exists only in manuscript form.
The Sussex Manuscript
Baron Frederic of Sussex produced a supposed translation in illuminated manuscript form. This translation is rife with inaccuracies and fanciful ideas added by the author. It contains such outlandish misconceptions as Cthulhu being a manifestation of Nyarlathotep, and Abhoth having created the solar system. Although this "translation" is commonly called The Sussex Manuscript its proper title is Cultus Maleficarum.
Doctor Friedrich Wilhelm von Junz made a translation from an unknown Greek copy. This translation may have been published eight years after his death 1840 but I have been unable to track down any further details.
Joachim Ferry's Notes on the Necronomicon
In 1901 the noted occultist Joachim Ferry produced a pamphlet on the book. It is mostly made up of translated quotes from the Latin version, augmented by pages of notes and speculation on their meaning. The accuracy of this publication was called into question when Ferry freely admitted including exerpts from his own dreams.
Role Playing Game Stats
- Kitab al Azif
- Sanity Loss 2D10/1D10; Cthulhu Mythos +18 Percent. Average 68 weeks to study and comprehend/ hours to skim.
- Gothic Translation
- Sanity Loss ?/?; Cthulhu Mythos +16 Percent. Average ? weeks to study and comprehend/ ?hours to skim.
- Greek Translation
- Sanity Loss 1D10/2D10; Cthulhu Mythos +17 Percent. Average 68 weeks to study and comprehend/? hours to skim.
- Latin Translation
- Sanity Loss 1D10/2D10; Cthulhu Mythos +16 Percent. Average 66 weeks to study and comprehend/ hours to skim.
- English “Dee” Translation
- Sanity Loss 1D10/2D10; Cthulhu Mythos +15 Percent. Average 50 weeks to study and comprehend/ hours to skim.
- The Sussex Manuscript
- Sanity Loss D/D; Cthulhu Mythos + Percent. Average weeks to study and comprehend/ hours to skim.
- Das Verichteraraberbuch
- Sanity Loss 2D10/1D10; Cthulhu Mythos +16 Percent. Average 66 weeks to study and comprehend/ hours to skim.
- Joachim Ferry's Notes on the Necronomicon
- Sanity Loss 1D6/1D3; Cthulhu Mythos +6 Percent. Average 8 weeks to study and comprehend/ hours to skim.