HR Giger's Necronom II


Necronom II
a) Perspectives of Necronom II
i) The conjoined three headed skeletal faces of Necronom II appears to wear a helmet, and the faces are supported by a neckbrace. The faces either side display large phallic tongues displayed through the cutaway parts of their faces. 

ii)  Entrance
However the muscles at the back of the top of the jaws turn into bird like heads, perhaps we can see the head of a vulture on the left and the beak is reflected on the left side of the head , perhaps the helmet is like the ends of two bird beaks, and this might connect with the Watchers of the tower of Cirith Ungol from the fantasy novel Lord of the Rings, and entering the world of Micronaut toys, the tower is also the Stratasphere playset with its central tower with a dome top and tracks slanting downwards to join up with a larger oval track for vehicles to travel around and a passag through the tower. Perhaps it also echoes the three headed dog Cerberus that guards the entrance to Hades

vulture head?


iii) Welcoming the sign of terror
It might be a symbol of terror as if this wide display of faces grew out of the mushroom cloud of an atom bomb explosion, or is it the hat of Napoleon Buonaparte but another side to it is that it might as well be a welcoming symbol to some place like Disney Land, with Mickey Mouse standing there with the upper pink part of his face blacked over and his arms outstretched but transformed into phalluses and his ears become displaced and shrunk down to the form of penis tips.

iv) Immortality
The other side to this would be looking at the starting point for the image, perhaps looking at Egyptian imagery, such different images of the Scarab beetle representing the deity Khepri who was connected with the scarab beetle (kheprer), because the scarab rolls balls of dung across the ground, an act that the Egyptians saw as a symbol of the forces that move the sun across the sky. Khepri was thus a solar deity. Young dung beetles, having been laid as eggs within the dung ball, emerge from it fully formed. Therefore, Khepri also represented creation and rebirth, and he was specifically connected with the rising sun and the mythical creation of the world. Contemplate the immortality of  Mickey Mouse and of the memory of Napoleon.
  1. Stanislav Grof: We can think here about his Necronom II, the three-headed skeletal figure wearing a military helmet, which combines in a terrifying amalgam symbols of death, violence, and sexual aggression.(http://www.primal-page.com/grofgige.htm
b) Multifaced idol in Jean Cocteau's Testament of Orpheus
On 7th of February 2016, I suddenly looked at a photo from Jean Cocteau's Testament of Orpheus and there were an interesting multifaced idol and this thing had a wide domed cranium, and this thing had long ribbons streaming out of the mouths on both sides, Whether one can say that Giger saw this film or image remains a question but he definitely had been inspired by Cocteau's work in its various forms.



c) References Watchers of the Tower of Cirith Ungol

http://alienexplorations.blogspot.co.uk/1976/06/necronom-ii.html
 


http://alienexplorations.blogspot.co.uk/1976/11/gigers-necronom-ii-references-mickey.html

http://alienexplorations.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/hellboy-2s-angel-of-death-inspired-by.html

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