Pellucidar

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Pellucidar, a location in the Hollow Earth, first appeared in Edgar Rice Burroughs' novel At the Earth's Core (fiction), and would be developed further over a series of novels, including a Tarzan cross-over.

In the Mythos

Pellucidar is a continent-sized cavern containing a primeval forest inhabited by a wide variety of plants, animals, and peoples, mostly equivalent to prehistoric species of the surface world; the humanoid inhabitants notably include Mahars - psychic lizard-bird creatures which rule the top of Pellucidar's food chain, and a number of ape-like humanoids including the Sagoths and Mangani. Pellucidar's hazy sky is lit by a tiny sun-like object suspended over the cavern, which is blocked by a small object - a sort of stationary "moon" - which plunges a portion of the landscape into permanent darkness - "The Land of Awful Shadow", but is otherwise permanently lit by its sun, with no passage of time apparent to its peoples; time itself may be completely subjective in Pellucidar, passing more slowly in some areas than in others, and overall passing at a different rate from the surface world.

Lural Az

TO_DO, a sea

Sojar Az

TO_DO, a sea

Lidi Plains

Border on the Land of Awful Shadow.

Land of Awful Shadow

A land cast into perpetual darkness in the shadow of Pellucidar's geostationary "moon".

Unfriendly Islands

TO_DO

Anorog Islands

TO_DO

Luana Islands

TO_DO

North Island

TO_DO

Island of Trees

TO_DO

Sari

TO_DO, a city

Phutra

TO_DO, a city

Amoz

TO_DO, a city

The Great Peak

TO_DO

Mountains of the Clouds

TO_DO


Heresies and Controversies

  • In Burroughs' original concept, Pellucidar is the inside surface of the hollow shell of the Earth; smaller in total area but, since the inside surface is contoured to the outside with the areas that would be continents on the surface holding Pellucidar's oceans, and the areas that would be oceans on the outside surface being raised continents in Pellucidar, the land mass is greater; the shell of Pellucidar in this model surrounds a tiny central sun, and a tiny geostationary moon which also has its own habitable surface and distinct plant and animal life. The North and South poles are in this model holes through which airships might travel into Pellucidar. (Edgar Rice Burroughs)


Associated Mythos Elements

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