With all the discussion going on ’round here as of late concerning whether or not Jason is a Deadite and whether or not he gets his supernatural powers from the Necronomicon, allow me to put forward a little theory of my own. This one’s more for the hardcore geeks out there, but anyone can hopefully appreciate it. It is simply this: Michael Myers of HALLOWEEN, like Jason, cannot be killed, but he draws power not from the Necronomicon but from the Dark Lord Sauron, of THE LORD OF THE RINGS fame!

Here’s how this works: We know from HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS (yeah, I know it sucked and I know it’s not canon, but just go with it) that Michael is active when the constellation “thorn” appears in the nighttime sky. “Thorn” is a Runic symbol, þ, and appears in the three “Runic Poems.” In the Icelandic Rune Poem and the Norwegian Rune Poem, it is called “thurs,” and in the Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem “thorn.” The runes (they comprise an entire alphabet) themselves are much older, and supposedly originated as part of the knowledge gained when Odin crucified himself to the world tree, Yggdrasil. Confused yet? Or linguistically intrigued? Well, hang tight.

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, the Shadow Realm, called Mordor, derives from the Anglo-Saxon term “morþor”–notice the use of the letter thorn–pronounced “morthor” and roughly translated as “murder.” From there, it takes only a short leap to grasp that conceptual ring dangling in the ether: Michael Myers powers are an extension of the powers that shaped Mordor, the power of Sauron and, before him, the original Dark Lord, Morgoth.

Now the real question is, does the Necronomicon have any connection to Mordor. There’s a rumor that sections of the latter are written in the forbidden “Black Speech,” you know.