REH Word of the Week: Elder Gods-Apes

noun

1. a type of animal (such as a chimpanzee or gorilla) that is closely related to monkeys and humans and that is covered in hair and has no tail or a very short tail

[origin: before 12th century; Middle English, from Old English apa; akin to Old High German affo ape

HOWARD’S USAGE:

Where the jungle lies dank, exuding
The vapory swampland musk
Lurk the old ape-gods brooding
In the dim, shade-haunted dusk.

They dream through the jungle gloaming
Of the days of the claw and tooth,
When the whole world knew their roaming,
When the world was strange with youth.
…..
When the wind sighs over the meadows
Its haunting melody brings
A tale through the jungle shadows
Of an age when the gods were kings.

[from “When the Gods Were Kings“; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 314; Night Images, p. 90; Robert E. Howard Selected Poems, p. 291]

Art by Theodore Morde (“Lost City of Ancient America’s Monkey God”)