The Book of Forgotten Things

Being a Concordance of

 The High House


The False House

by James Stoddard

as collected by Gary Thompson


Here be spoilers


The High House



             High House – The Strange High House in the Mist [B], H.P. Lovecraft {HPL}?

1          Evenmere – Evenor[B], George MacDonald?

            Carter Anderson – Lin Carter[A] + Poul Anderson [A]

2          Ashton Anderson – [A], Clark Ashton Smith {CAS}


            Enoch –Genesis 5:24 [C]

3          Chant –Joy Chant[A]

7          Murmur

8          Duskin

            Stevenson –Robert Lewis Stevenson {RLS}[A]

10        People of the Mist – [B], H. Ridder Haggard

            Well at the World’s End – [B],William Morris

            Ifdawn Marest – [S], Voyage to Arcturus, David Lindsay

11        Constable Pratt – Fletcher Pratt[A].  The image of a faceless anarchist leaning against a lamppost almost certainly comes from chapter 2 of The Man Who Was Thursday, G.K. Chesterton

13        Naleewuath -

26        William Hope - William Hope Hodgson[A], also Hope Mirrlees[A]

            Kraighten – [S], House on the Borderland, William Hope Hodgson

            Bracton – [S], That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis

27        Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald – George MacDonald[A]

32        “There I'll come when I'm a man…” – [P], Travel, from Child’s Garden of Verses , RLS

35        Morris stained glass – William Morris[A]

41        Jormungand – [C], Midgaard Serpent, Norse Mythology

46        Dyson – [C], The Three Impostors, Arthur Machen

Phillips – Howard Phillips Lovecraft[A]

Hope – William Hope Hodgson[A], Hope Mirrlees[A]

48        Beckford – William Beckford[A]

Orlando Furioso– [B], Ludivico Ariosto

The World’s Desire – [B], H. Ridder Haggard, Andrew Lang

Krankenheimer – [S], Fictional Necronomicon-like book in The Face in the Frost, John Bellairs

52        Face Outside the Window – [S], The Face in the Frost, John Bellairs??

57        “I stretch lame hands of faith, and grope…” – [P], In Memoriam, Tennyson

58        “The bed was made, the room was fit…” – [P], Underwoods, RLS

59        Duncan – [C], Deryni Rising, Katherine Kurtz?

63        Rahmurrim


66        Gwyve



            Aylyrium – Khymyrium[B]

Ooz – Oom[B]?, Oz[B]? WC

67        Jorkens – [C] The Jorkens books, Lord Dunsany

68        “And sometimes for an hour or so…” – [P], The Land of Counterpane, RLS

            “The grave’s a fine and private place…” – [P], Andrew Marvell. This poem inspired A Fine and Private Place , Peter Beagle

70        Ansbok – Hannes Bok[A+]

71        Swelter – [C], Titus Groan, Mervyn Peake

76        Taka –

80        Mewodin –

92        “But now the whole Round Table is dissolved…” – [P], Morte d’Arthur, Tennyson

93        Stormbringer – [S], Elric of Melnibone, Michael Moorcock?

            “The ancient one lives in the east…” –[P], Prose Edda, trans. Jean Young. One of the inspirations for the Lord of the Rings. Popular amongst the inklings.

95        Sedhattee


96        Glis –

98        Moomuth Kethorvian



            Ephiny Edge

106      “Here again, here, here, here…” – [P], The Throstle, Tennyson

110      “I had the eagle in my bosom erst…” – [P], Modern Love, George Meredith

            Darking –

113      Arkalen – Arkham[S+], HPL?

128      Machen – Arthur Machen[A]

129      “I saw the different thing you did…” – [P], The Wind, fr. Child’s Garden of Verses , RLS

            “Where shall we adventure…” – [P], Pirate Story, fr. Child’s Garden of Verses , RLS

130      “I can but trust that good shall fall…” – [P], In Memoriam, Tennyson

132     "A Faded painting of a ship on a restless sea..." - [S??] Reminiscent of the painting of a ship that draws the cildren into Narina in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis.  It too was a doorway to another place.

150      Winelderwist -

153      Flagstone Courtyard – [S], Titus Groan, Mervyn Peake.  The entire book could be argued to be inspired by the castle Gormenghast, but this particular scene, the flight over the roof, and in particular the description of a flagstone courtyard is an obvious tribute to Peake.

159      Phantastes – [B], George MacDonald

160      Over the world’s edge – [S], Lord Dunsany?

164      Campaspe – [B], John Lyly, quoted in Mistress of Mistresses, E. R. Eddison

165      Gwalchmai – [C],Welsh version of Gawain, Knight of the Round Table

            Corenice – Corinius[C] + Gorice[C], Worm Ouroboros, E. R. Eddison

            Anna – palindrome, symbolizing order

166      Anina – palindrome, symbolizing order

194      Ghandwin – Gondwane[H,B], Lin Carter

201      Nianar – Narnia [S,N] Narina, from the Crhonicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis

            Prince Clive – Clive Staples (aka C.S.) Lewis[A]

204      Kitinthim -

207      Ril -

227      Melusine – [C], A character in French medieval romances, a water sprite

215      Spridel –

216      Fis


216      Return of the King – [B], J.R.R. Tolkien

218      Drath

219      Abcell – James Cabell[N,A]

            Ithrill – Minas Ithil?  Mithrill?[H,S], J.R.R. Tolkien

222      Veth - WC

Jasper -

            Moompis -

224      Rooko -

            Nunth –

228      Lorrimon –

229      Gimry –

            Knoll – [S,H], How Nuth Would Have Practiced His Art Upon The Gnoles, Lord Dunsany?

243      Numinor – Numenor[H,S], J.R.R. Tolkien (this spelling is used in C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength)

            Poseidonis – [B], Clark Ashton Smith

            Lud-in the-mist – [B], Hope Mirrlees

            Alveric – [C], King of Elfland’s Daughter, Lord Dunsany

            Ziroonderel – [C], King of Elfland’s Daughter, Lord Dunsany

            Aviathar – [C], Khymyrium, Lin Carter

            Glasgard – [S], Khymyrium, Lin Carter

            Khymyrium – [B], Lin Carter

            Babbulkund – [B], The Fall of Babbulkund, Lord Dunsany

257      “He was a man, take him for all in all…” – [P], Hamlet I:2, Shakespeare

259      Narrowway -

            Capecot –

            Peelhammer -

            Innman Tor - WC

260      Oboa -

263      Settlefrost -

            Querny -

            Lippenhost -

            Gen -

267      Lightning Sword – Glows at the presence of danger, like Orcrist, Glamdring, and Sting, The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien?

278      “Home is the sailor, home from the sea” – [P], A.E. Housman

279      Abchaz – [S], The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Maundeville, CAS


280      Sooth



286      We are the music makers…” – [P], Ode, O'Shaughnessy

287      “I have trod the upward and…” – [P], Songs of Travel, RLS

295      Dannershot

296      Athammaus – [S], misc. works by CAS

            Commoriom – [S], misc. works by CAS

297      Zehowah – [C], Khaled

            Khaled – [B,C], F. Marion Crawford

298      Necronomicon – of HPL

            King in Yellow – [B,S], Robert Chambers – Necronimicon-like book and title of collection of stories about same

            Book of Eibon – [S], misc. works by HPL, invented by Clark Ashton Smith

299      Mundus Vult Decipi – motto of Manuel the Redeemer, from Figures of Earth, James Branch Cabell


The False House 

2          Nyaset


            High Gable - Architectural feature

3          Aegis – [S], shield of Zeus

6          Falan

15        "He opened the wardrobe..." - [S], Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis

16        Ilya – [C], legendary hero of Russia

            Murom – [S], birthplace of Ilya

            Svyatogor – [C], giant, companion of Ilya

19        Lizbeth

20        Arny


22        Puddlesee

23        Judith

29        Strawfast


30        "earth abides..."  Eccl. 1:4

35        Lillith - [B], George MacDonald

56        "Gainsay who dare" - [A], Family motto of the MacDonalds

59        Gavagans - [B] Tales from Gavagan's Bar, L. Sprague De Camp

60        Ring of Erreth-Akbe - [S], Tombs of Atuan, Ursula K. LeGuin


65       Ghahajin

            Koschei - [C], misc. works by James Cabell


            Sir Bela of Eastmarch - [A] Poul Anderson's name in the SCA

66        "L'essential est invisible" - "What is essential is invisible" - The Little Prince, 

            Looking Glass Marches - [B], Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Caroll

67        War of Five Countries - [S], Battle of Five Armies, fr. The Hobbit, Tolkien?

70        "So hard it seems..."

71        "For the Angel of death..."


72        "Go from me...", [P], Sonnets from the Portuguese #6, Elizabeth Barrett Browning 

            "All by myself..." [P], The Land of Nod, R. L. Stevenson



73        "All the suns..." -P], Tennyson, Locksley Hall Sixty Years After

74        "Come, then. let us cast off..." - [P], Chants for Socialists, William Morris

75        Camped - [A,N], L. Sprague De Camp - The guardians are, according to Stoddard, "all anagrams of famous writers or of editors who have bought my work ", and the guardians' origins and famous works also relate to the real people.

            Oelfwenge - [A,N], Gene Wolfe

            T'sychem Tibell - [A,N], Betsy Mitchell, Stoddard's editor at Warner Aspect

            Logana - [B,N], Analog, Betsy Mitchell was editor there before Aspect

            Anwerr - [B,N], Warner

            Farnsworth - [A] , Farnsworth Wright, editor of Weird Tales

            Guniel - [A,N], Ursula K. LeGuin


            D. Latch Relsweizer - [A,N], Darell Schweitzer

77        Cevan - [A,N], Jack Vance

            "Do I live..." - [P] The Bishop Orders his Tomb at St. Praxid's Church, Robert Browning

            "Yes; where he stands..."

79        "Ah! my Lord Arthur..." - [P] Morte d' Arthur, Tennyson

            Plegathanees - [S], Sword of Welleran, Lord Dunsany

82        Wuthering Heights [B], Emily Bronte (there are several parallels between the two books I'll detail later)

83        Gregory

84        "lion's whelps of Bashan" - [S], Deut. 3:22

90        Volsunga Saga [B] - Icelandic Saga, inspiration for many of the early fantasists

            The Wise Woman - [B], George MacDonald

            Montague Faull - [C], A Voyage to Arcturus, David Lindsay

            Wethermel - [S], The Sundering Flood, William Morris

            Starkwall - [S], The Wood beyond the World, William Morris


91        "But the children..." - [B] Matt. 8:12

            Gunnungagap - [S], Norse mythology

            Gimokodan - [S], Filipino mythology

            The Hollow Land - [B,S], Willim Morris

            The Onyx Plain

            Kur-nu-gi-a - [S], Sumerian mythology

97        Hibbert - [C] Beyond the Golden Stair, Hannes Bok

            Burks - [C] Beyond the Golden Stair, Hannes Bok

107      "The old order changeth..." - [P] Morte d' Arthur, Tennyson

112      "Four courts I made..." - [P] Palace of Art, Tennyson

114      "And while the world runs round..." - [P] Palace of Art, Tennyson

            "Thereon I built it firm..." - [P] Palace of Art, Tennyson

116      Sidebend - Architectural feature

119      Sedger

121      Cooper - [A] Susan Cooper?

122      Green

123      Spridel

124      Charles Inkling - [A] The Inklings

141      Phillip Crane - [A] Howard Phillip Lovecraft, ?

            Howard McMurtry - [A] Howard Phillip Lovecraft, ?

145      Nooncastle

147      "Into that ominous tract..."

149      "For the one face I looked for..."

152      Kalevala [B] Finnish Epic, inspiration for many early fantasists

            Wainamoinen [C] from the Kalevala

            Wipunen [C] from the Kalevala

            Morris tile [A], William Morris

153      Bridle of Sooth

154      Simrana - [B], Lin Carter

155      Mommur - [B], Golden Cities, Far


158      Haggard [A], H. Rider Haggard

164      Ozymandias [P,C], Alfred, Lord Tennyson


165      Ruby slippers [S], Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Frank Baum

            Hrolf Kraki [B], Poul Anderson 

            Adhils [B], Hrolf Kraki's Saga

            Historia Regum Britanniae - [B] - The mythological history of Britain

            "a child's marble of the lightest blue"


168      Evythian


169      Thintillian


170      Dutton - publisher

            Vandermast - [C], Zimiamvia, E. R. Eddison

            Dovecote - Architectural Feature

171      Ieegin


177      Wattlepole

178      Minasian



184      Usherite [B,S], Fall of the House of Usher, E. A. Poe?

187      Opperpebb - [I], Bob Pepper

189      Merritt - [A], Abraham Meritt

191      Arnold (from Keedin) - [A] Edwin Lester Arnold

            Burroughs - [A], Edgar Rice Burroughs

192      heeki

193      Jegged

201      Howard - [A], Robert E. Howard

207      Jakes

211      The Dogs of Doom

            The Red Rose in the Blue-Stained Glass

            The Hordes of Heaven on a Hellish Shore

            Away! Away! And none will stop us!

            The First and the Last

            The End of All

            The Doors of his Face, the Lamps of His Mouth [B], Roger Zelazny

            Pull down the house, the Order-Beast, Daughter of Hades

            The Hymn of Ecstasy

            The Dead Thing in the Hidden Room

212      The Master himself

            The house on the borderlands [B], 

            New worlds for old [B], edited, Lin Carter


213      The Barking Dog on the Moon-Swept Moor

            The Crying Eyes

215      The Mouth at the Door

            The Head of Bran the Blessed - [B], Evangeline Walton

            The End and the Beginning

            The Worm Ouroboros Biting his Tail - [B], The Worm Ouroboros, E.R.Eddison

216      The Threshold of Madness

            The Fires of Doom

217      Leiber - [A], Fritz Leiber

            Brackett - [A], Leigh Brackett

222      Arkovor - 

            Devine - [C] - Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis

            Weston - [C] - Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis

            Bellgrove - [C], Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake

228      Pool of the Blue Flamingo - Beyond the Golden Stair, Hannes Bok

            Bethmoora - [B], Hasish Man, Dunsany

229      "Let Him Who Has No Fear, Fear Here"

232      "I will arise and go now..." - [P], The Lake Isle of Innisfree, Yeats

235      "My quest, meseems is here..." - [P]

236      Ebeneezor Prim - Ebenezer Primm Towers??

            Clarence Shandon - [C], Silverlock, John Myers Myers

238      Douglas Spaulding - [C], Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury

            Per ardua ad astra - [S] People of the Mist, H. Rider Haggard -- Now the motto of the RAF

239      Bradbury - [A], Ray Bradbury

            Red Book of Westmarch - [S], The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

243      Kidderminster -

            "A perfect Woman..." - [P]

244      Aroundight - [S], Lancelot's sword

245      "Let us, the, be up and doing..." - [P]

            Mardos - 

246      Fenris - [C], Trad. Norse mythology

            Tiamat - [C], Trad. Babylonian mythology

248      Lang College - [A], Andrew Lang

250      "But now farewell..." - [P]

251      "Nor wintry leaves, nor vernal..." - [P]

252      "WE, quivering upward..." - [P]

            "I hear even now the infinite fierce chorus..." - [P]

            Lord Chesterton - [A], G. K. Chesterton

253      Totman Abbey

254      "Bright Star! Would I were as steadfst as thou art--" - [P]

256      "And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?" - [P], Jabberwockky, Lewis Carrol

258      Carcassonne - [S, B], Dunsany

            Dorimare - [S], Lud-in-the-mist

            Vale of Erl - [S], The King of Elfland's Daughter

            Ulthar - [S], The Cats of Ulthar

            Celephais - [S], Lovecraft

            Ooth Nargai - [S] Lovecraft


            Hyperborea - [S], CAS

            Poseidonis - [S], Tritonian Ring

            Vandarei - [S], Joy Chnat

            Khentorei - [S], Joy Chnat


259      "And the night shall be filled with music..."

260      Rector Williams - [A], Charles Williams

281      Thematically similar to Tombs of Atuan??

291      Meszria -

292      Corinius


293      Middlecourt

            Man who was Thursday??

296      Why Wuthering Heights??

297      Cults de Resistance

            Ludvig Prinn - [C], Robert Bloch

309      Marches of Antan - Something about Eve, Cabell

313      Naalaaf - [N], Falan

337      Jabes


384      The Mountains of Despair

            The End of the House

            The Moon in its Darkness

389      "And he to her a hero is..." - [P]

392      "Behold I lay in Sion..."

394      The Many-Splendored House

401      "When thou passest through the waters..."



A- author

B – book or story

C – character

S – setting, place, object, scene, etc.

P – poetry

+ - portmanteau

N – anagram

H - homophone

I - illustrator

? – probably correct, may be missing part of the picture, e.g., half of a portmanteau, ties to BAF

?? – unlikely, but possible


*Page references are from the paperback edition.