Caprona (also known as Caspak) is a fictitional island in the literary universe of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Caspak Trilogy, including The Land That Time Forgot, The People That Time Forgot, and Out of Time's Abyss.
|The Land That Time Forgot location|
Original map of Caprona, drawn by Burroughs (1917)
|Created by||Edgar Rice Burroughs|
|Notable characters||Bowen J. Tyler, Lys La Rue|
In the first novel, Caprona is described as a land mass near Antarctica and was first reported by the (fictitious) Italian explorer Caproni in 1721, the location of which was subsequently lost. The island is ringed by high cliffs, making it inaccessible to all but the most intrepid explorers (the people who first explore the island accessed it by taking a submarine through a tunnel). It has a tropical river teeming with primitive creatures extinct elsewhere and a thermal inland sea, essentially a huge crater lake, whose heat sustains Caprona’s tropical climate.
Burroughs postulates a unique biological system for his lost world in which the slow progress of evolution in the world outside is recapitulated as a matter of individual metamorphosis. This system is only hinted at in The Land That Time Forgot; presented as a mystery whose explication is gradually worked out over the course of the next two novels, it forms a thematic element serving to unite three otherwise rather loosely linked stories. Dinosaurs, prehistoric mammals, and primitive humans coexist on the island.
The island is also called "Caspak" by its native humanoid inhabitants – thus the name of the trilogy.
Various prehistoric creatures reside on Caprona. Among the prehistoric creatures are:
- American lion
- Cave bear
- Cave lion
- Woolly mammoth
- Woolly rhinoceros
Caprona is home to various tribes. The following tribes are found on Caprona:
- Band-Lu – A tribe of Cro-Magnons whose name means "Spear Men".
- Bo-Lu – A tribe of Neanderthals whose name means "Club Men".
- Galu – A tribe of educated humans whose name means "Rope Men".
- Sto-Lu – A tribe of missing links whose name means "Hatchet Men".
- Weiroo – A tribe of winged humans.
In other media
Caprona is featured in several films:
- Caprona appears in the 1975 and 1977 Amicus Productions' adaptations of The Land That Time Forgot and The People That Time Forgot
- Caprona is featured in the 2009 Asylum adaptation of The Land That Time Forgot. This version is depicted as existing within the Bermuda Triangle.
- Caprona is referenced in Alan Moore's almanac called World of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
- Caprona is referenced in Alberto Manguel and Gianni Guadalupi's 1980 tome The Dictionary of Imaginary Places.
- "THE CASPAK NOVELS". Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- Gary Westfahl (2005). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes ..., Volume 2. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 476.
- Den Valdron. "THE MYSTERY OF CAPRONA". ERBzine. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- David Bruce Bozarth. "CASPAK GLOSSARY". Retrieved 25 July 2014.