A Glossary Of Names And Terms
Used In The Martian Books
dead city of ancient Mars.
Aisle of Hope.
An aisle leading to the court-room in Helium.
Apt. An Arctic
monster. A huge, white-furred creature with six limbs, four of which, short
and heavy, carry it over the snow and ice; the
which grow forward from its shoulders on either side of its long, powerful
neck, terminate in white, hairless hands with
which it seizes
and holds its prey. Its head and mouth are similar in appearance to those
of a hippopotamus, except that from the sides of
jawbone two mighty horns curve slightly downward toward the front. Its
two huge eyes extend in two vast oval patches from
of the top of the cranium down either side of the head to below the roots
of the horns, so that these weapons really grow out
from the lower
part of the eyes, which are composed of several thousand ocelli each. Each
ocellus is furnished with its own lid, and the
apt can, at
will, close as many of the facets of his huge eyes as he chooses. (See
WARLORD OF MARS.)
Ancestors. A street in Helium.
lion. A fierce beast of prey that roams the low hills surrounding the dead
seas of ancient Mars. It is almost hairless,
a great, bristly mane about its thick neck. Its long, lithe body is supported
by ten powerful legs, its enormous jaws are
several rows of long needle-like fangs, and its mouth reaches to a point
far back of its tiny ears. It has enormous
eyes of green. (See THE GODS OF MARS.)
Jeddak of Warhoon. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)
of Barsoom. Men six feet and over in height. Have clear-cut and handsome
features; their eyes are well set and large,
though a slight
narrowness lends them a crafty appearance. The iris is extremely black
while the eyeball itself is quite white and clear.
has the appearance of polished ebony. (See THE GODS OF MARS.)
Calot. A dog.
About the size of a Shetland pony and has ten short legs. The head bears
a slight resemblance to that of a frog, except that
the jaws are
equipped with three rows of long, sharp tusks. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)
Warlord of Mars.
of Helium. Son of John Carter and Dejah Thoris.
Jed among the Warhoons (later jeddak).
or prince among the First Born.
Princess of Helium.
Son of Kantos Kan; padwar of the Fifth Utan.
John Carter's Martian name, from the surnames of the first two warrior
chieftains he killed.
Dusar. A Martian
kind of stone.
Therns. High Priest of religious cult.
Black race; black pirates.
Odwar of Lotharian bowmen.
Gate of Jeddaks.
A gate in Helium.
Tarkas' dead wife.
Gur Tus. Dwar
of the Tenth Utan.
Hal Vas. Son
of Vas Kor the Dusarian noble.
city of Helium.
Title of Father of Therns.
empire of the grandfather of Dejah Thoris.
A Martian religious cult.
Jeddak of Torquas.
Padwar in the navy of Helium.
city; Barsoomian Greenwich.
city of Okar.
of Death. (See
A PRINCESS OF MARS.)
of Death, whose abode is upon the banks of the Lost Sea of Korus. (See
GODS OF MARS.)
Jav. A Lotharian.
Jeddak of the Warhoons of the south.
transport under Vas Kor.
Padwar in the Helium navy.
Kaol. A Martian
kingdom in the eastern hemisphere.
Lotharian god; a huge banth.
Korad. A dead
city of ancient Mars. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)
Lost Sea of Dor.
Jeddak of Kaol. (See THE WARLORD OF MARS.)
Lakor. A thern.
Larok. A Dusarian
Jed among the Tharks. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)
A principality of Okar.
Father of Therns. (See THE GODS OF MARS.)
A jed of lesser Helium.
Psychologist of Zodanga.
Odwar. A commander,
of the yellow men.
Old Ben (or
Uncle Ben). The writer's body-servant (coloured).
with one name.
Orluk. A black
and yellow striped Arctic monster.
Surrounding the Valley Dor and the Lost Sea of Korus.
soldier of fortune.
Zodangan who brought food to John Carter in the pits of Zat Arras. (See
GODS OF MARS.)
Truth. Within the courtroom of Helium.
of Matai Shang. (See THE GODS OF MARS.)
of Barsoom. A race inhabiting the Valley Dor. They are ten or twelve feet
in height when standing erect; their arms are very
fashioned after the manner of an elephant's trunk, being sinuous; the body
is hairless and ghoulish blue except for a broad band
of white which
encircles the protruding, single eye, the pupil, iris and ball of which
are dead white. The nose is a ragged, inflamed,
in the centre of the blank face, resembling a fresh bullet wound which
has not yet commenced to bleed. There is no mouth in
With the exception of the face, the head is covered by a tangled mass of
jet-black hair some eight or ten inches in length. Each
hair is about
the thickness of a large angleworm. The body, legs and feet are of human
shape but of monstrous proportions, the feet being
feet long and very flat and broad. The method of feeding consists in running
their odd hands over the surface of the turf,
the tender vegetation with razor-like talons and sucking it up from two
mouths, which lie one in the palm of each hand. They
with a massive tail about six feet long, quite round where it joins the
body, but tapering to a flat, thin blade toward the end,
at right angles to the ground. (See THE GODS OF MARS.)
Overlord of the navy of Ptarth.
name of three Zodangan brothers.
Prince of Zodanga. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)
Safad. A Martian
Jeddak of Okar. (See THE WARLORD OF MARS.)
green Martian woman. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)
A Holy Thern of the Tenth Cycle.
in Omean used as a prison.
reptiles inhabiting the Sea of Korus.
monster. Bald-faced and about the size of a Hereford bull. Has frightful
jaws in front and mighty poisoned sting behind.
of myriad facets, cover three-fourths of the head, permitting the creature
to see in all directions at one and the same time. (See
Skeel. A Martian
Sola. A young
green Martian woman.
official of the palace.
kind of tree.
Sorak. A little
pet animal among the red Martian women, about the size of a cat.
officer of Salensus Oll.
Tal. A Martian
Jeddak of Thark.
Prince of Marentina.
Grandfather of Dejah Thoris and Jeddak of Helium.
A green man, chieftain of the Tharks.
Reward. In Helium.
A sphere, or plane of eminence, among the Holy Therns.
Jeddak of Zodanga. (See A PRINCESS OF MARS.)
and name of a green Martian horde.
Thoat. A green
Martian horse. Ten feet high at the shoulder, with four legs on either
side; a broad, flat tail, larger at the tip than at the
it holds straight out behind while running; a mouth splitting its head
from snout to the long, massive neck. It is entirely devoid
of hair and
is of a dark slate colour and exceedingly smooth and glossy. It has a white
belly and the legs are shaded from slate at the
and hips to a vivid yellow at the feet. The feet are heavily padded and
A PRINCESS OF MARS.)
Jed among the green men of Torquas.
of the lesser Therns.
Righteousness. In the court-room of Helium.
of the five oceans.
green horde inimical to Torquas.
Jeddak of Ptarth.
of the guards at submarine pool.
Kaolian noble; dwar of the Kaolian Road.
Utan. A company
of one hundred men (military).
Vas Kor. A
community of green men; enemy of Thark.
Woola. A Barsoomian
Xat. A Martian
A Helium warship.
among the First Born.
of the submarine.
Jed of Zodanga.
of the guards of Issus. (See The Gods Of Mars.)
Mastodonian draught animals.
city of red men at war with Helium.
Zode. A Martian
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