Land of Nod

Land of Nod

The Land of Nod ( _he. ’eretz-Nod) is a place in the Book of Genesis of the Hebrew Bible, located "to the east of Eden", to which Cain chose to flee to after murdering his brother Abel. The Hebrew word "nod" means "wandering".

:"And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden." (Genesis 4:16, King James Version)

"Nod" (נוד) is the Hebrew root of the verb "to wander" (לנדוד) and is possibly an etymological etiology intended to explain the peripatetic lifestyle of Cain and his descendants, the Cainites. One interpretation of Genesis 4:16 is that Cain was cursed to wander the land forever, not that he was exiled to a "Land of Wanderers", otherwise absent from the Old Testament.

Places named "Land of Nod"

Land of Nod is the name of a small hamlet in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is located at the far end of a two mile long road which joins the A614 road at Holme-on-Spalding-Moor. The Land of Nod is also a small forested estate situated in Headley Down, Hampshire owned by the Whitaker family. Its history dates back to the Middle Ages when the owner, Mr Cain, was excommunicated from the Church; he named his home The Land of Nod, thus making direct reference to Genesis 4:16Fact|date=October 2007.

Popular culture references

In literature

The term has more recently been associated with being asleep, and was supposedly first used in this context in print by Jonathan Swift in his "A Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation" (1738). Another instance is a poem titled [ "The Land of Nod"] by Robert Louis Stevenson from the [ "A Child's Garden of Verses and Underwoods"] collection.

In 1909, "The Land of Nod" by J. Walker McSpadden and illustrated by Edward Leigh Chase was published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. It was a child's fantasy of a Christmas Eve dream induced by the Sandman.

In the film adaptation of John Steinbeck's "East of Eden", the Bible was read to the character of Cal Trask (played by James Dean in the 1955 movie adaptation), speaking of him as Cain, and being banished to the Land of Nod, East of Eden.

Neil Gaiman used the term to refer to The Dreaming in "The Sandman" series of graphic novels.

In Chapter 3 of "Moby-Dick" by Herman Melville, the narrator, Ishmael says, "At last I slid off into a light doze, and had pretty nearly made a good offing towards the land of Nod, when I heard a heavy footfall in the passage ..."

The Book of Nod-Author unknown, exerpt by Scott Young....... Bithplace of vampires, home to Lillith and her children. Lillith is Adams first wife. Bibliclly God initially ceated both man and woman from the earth. Shortly afterwhich, woman was created from Adams rib. The reason being is Lillith was to domineering, not doscile enough for Adam... liked to be on top. They produced many offspring. Later, Adam was fed up with her cap, and complained to God. God then cast Lillith and children into the land of nod and cursed them forever. They wouldnt beable to enjoy the warmth of the sun or the tste of fresh fruit again.

In games

In the "World of Darkness" role-playing setting by White Wolf Game Studio, the land of Nod is the home in exile of Caine, the first vampire.

The biblical quote is mentioned in the "Command & Conquer" video game, and is thought to be the origin of the name for the Brotherhood of Nod, as the group's charismatic leader is also known only as Kane. Kane's command center, known as the Temple of Nod, also houses a coffin bearing the name Abel upon its surface, and the preserved body of his most trusted officer, Seth, whom Kane shot in the head after Seth's attempted coup d'état. Their relationship is never explained; however, upon introducing himself to the player, Seth states that he is "Seth. Just Seth. From God, to Kane, to Seth."

In music

Billy Thorpe closed his album "Children of the Sun ... Revisited" with the song "East of Eden's Gate."

Canadian indie band Stars mentions the Land of Nod in the title track to their album "The Comeback EP": "Just got back from the land of Nod..."

Classic rock band Journey mentions the east of eden in their song "Frontiers" from their 1983 "Frontiers": "And all the heroes have gone east of Eden, we all need new frontiers."

Tom Waits mentions the land of Nod in his song "Singapore" from the 1985 album "Rain Dogs: "We sail tonight for Singapore, we're all as mad as hatters here I've fallen for a tawny Moor, took off to the land of Nod..."

Bob Dylan's song "Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum" from the 2001 album "Love and Theft" refers to those "Livin' in the Land of Nod, Trustin' their fate to the hands of God".

The gothic rock band To/Die/For sings about the Land of Nod in the song "Vale of Tears", in the verse "Sleep well my darling, and leave this vale of tears behind. Land of Nod is a better place".

Musician/cartoonist Sean Hartter refers to "Nod" as a place with his "The Man From Nod" [] electronic/live music project. Here "Nod" is meant to be a wilderness of jumbled ideas and disjointed notions, the opposite of Eden...much more like the state of a dreaming mind.

The heavy stoner metal band High On Fire included a song called "Return To Nod" on their album "Death Is This Communion", probably referring to the act of returning to the state of sleep, opiate intoxication or exile (or all of the above).

The darkwave band The Crüxshadows refer to Nod in their song called "East" from the 2003 album "Ethernaut" with the repetitive phrase "East of Eden".

The German rock group Unloved uses the phrase "heading nod" in the corresponding song from the 2006 album "Killersongs" as a metaphor for dealing with unpardonable guilt. "Nod" becomes not a certain land but a state of self-forgiveness ("It only remains for me to leave, a ridiculous 'sorry' on my lips. it only remains for me to live, telling, I didn't mean it").

Dave Matthews made popular a song written by Daniel Lanois called "The Maker". In it is a reference to the Land of Nod otherwise called East of Eden: "Brother John, have you seen the homeless daughters standing here with broken wings. I have seen the flaming swords there over east of Eden".

There is a Psychedelic Folk Rock band from Providence, RI called "Allysen Callery & the Land of Nod",that took the title from Robert Lewis Stevenson's poem by the same name.

Other uses

Colloquially, the state of heroin or opioid intoxication is referred to as "being in the land of Nod". This is because the most pleasant phase of the high is characterized by people "nodding off" into their own little world.

As a child enters sleep it is also said they are heading off to the "land of nod".

In "Inherit the Wind", the character Henry Drummond (based on Clarence Darrow, says, "And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of Nod on the East of Eden and Cain knew his wife. Now where the hell did she come from?"

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  • Land of Nod — Land Land, n. [AS. land, lond; akin to D., G., Icel., Sw., Dan., and Goth. land. ] 1. The solid part of the surface of the earth; opposed to water as constituting a part of such surface, especially to oceans and seas; as, to sight land after a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • land of Nod — /nod/ the mythical land of sleep. [1725 35; pun on Land of Nod (Gen. 4:16); see NOD] * * * …   Universalium

  • land of nod — If someone has gone to the land of nod, they have fallen asleep or gone to bed …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • land of Nod — land′ of Nod′ [[t]nɒd[/t]] n. myt the mythical land of sleep …   From formal English to slang

  • Land of Nod — [näd] n. 1. Bible the country to which Cain journeyed after slaying Abel: Gen. 4:16 2. [l of N ] the imaginary realm of sleep and dreams …   English World dictionary

  • land of nod — Usage: usually capitalized N Etymology: from the Land of Nod in the Bible (Gen 4:16); influenced in meaning by nod (I); from the nodding in drowsiness : the state of sleep a friendly fat toad … who had lately taken himself off to the land of Nod… …   Useful english dictionary

  • land of nod — {n. phr.} Sleep. * /The little girl went off to the land of nod./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • land of nod — {n. phr.} Sleep. * /The little girl went off to the land of nod./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • land of Nod — noun 1. the mythical world of sleep. –phrase 2. be in the land of Nod, to be asleep. {from a pun on nod to drowse, with the Land of Nod in Genesis 4: 16, first made by Jonathan Swift in the Complete Collection of Polite and Ingenious Conversation …   Australian English dictionary

  • land of Nod — noun /ˈlænd əv ˈnɒd,ˈlænd əv ˈnɑd/ sleep From breakfast on through all the day At home among my friends I stay; But every night I go abroadAfar into the Land of Nod. ... From a Victorian nursery rhyme …   Wiktionary

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