"The Doom that Came to Sarnath
) is an early short story
by H. P. Lovecraft
. It is written in a mythic/fairy tale style and is associated with his Dream Cycle
. It was first published in The Scot
, a Scottish amateur fiction magazine, in June 1920.The Doom That Came to Sarnath and Other Stories
is also the title for a collection of short stories by Lovecraft, first published in February 1971
The influence of Lord Dunsany
on the story can be seen in the reference to a throne "wrought of one piece of ivory, though no man lives who knows whence so vast a piece could have come", which evokes the gate "carved out of one solid piece" of ivory in Dunsany's "Idle Days on the Yann".
was a historical city in India
--the place where the Buddha (Gautama Buddha
) first taught--Lovecraft said that he thought he invented the name independently.
According to the tale, more than 10,000 years ago, a race of shepherd
people colonized the banks of the river Ai in a land called Mnar, forming the cities of Thraa, Ilarnek, and Kadatheron (not to be confused with Kadath
), which rose to great intellectual and mercantile
prowess. Craving more land, a group of these hardy people migrated to the shores of a lonely and vast lake at the heart of Mnar, founding the metropolis of Sarnath.
But the settlers were not alone. At the... Read More