Osteographia, or The anatomy of the bones

William Cheselden (19 Oct 1688 – 10 Apr 1752) is author on a book. This image is called plate 36 (XXXVI).

See the further here on this site.


Skeleton (Patrick)

Praying Skeleton Logo

Cirith Ungol is founded in 1972.

The praying skeleton logo is our own design, dating back to around 1977.

– Greg Lindstrom

Eternal Flames: Who drew the praying skeletons?

They were something Greg came up with. We liked them and they stayed as our logo

– Robert Garven

This is the most common logo since 2003. It has been adapted by Falcon.

Dig the cool reverse “Cirith Falcon” logo!

Perry Grayson, 09 Nov 2003


See also Similar to Praying Skeleton.

Chaos Star, Wheel of Fate, Symbol of Chaos


Next to the praying skeletons CU use the symbol of the chaos star. What’s behind that? Can you tell us anything about this symbol? Nowhere at all we found any information about the sign of the chaos star … (Other bands we found using the sign of the chaos stars on their LPs/logos etc. are Bolt Thrower and Sepultura…)

Eternal Flame

In the Moorcock books the CHAOS sign is described as a symbol with many arrows pointing in all directions symbolizing the many possibilities of CHAOS!  The symbol of LAW was one arrow pointing up.  We liked the idea of CHAOS and I designed the logo based on my readings of the book.

Robert Garven

We had a gigantic praying skeleton logo backdrop and sometimes the glowing Wheel of Fate logo off our album.

Robert Garven

Wheel of Fate logo and Chaos Star, is the same or different? Here is Symbol of Chaos.

Patrick Lysaght” his own star logo.‎

The Lamp of Thoth has it’s own star logo. Also this covering Frost and Fire.

Originally Performed by

His own “Simon Iff?” aka “The Overtly Melancholic Lord Strange”.

Then I designed the logo of the band. It was an inverted cross set against the Chaos sphere symbol, and in-between the arrows were flowers. I had first seen this on the albums of one of my favourite bands Cirith Ungol. They had used it because of their fascination with Moorcock’s Elric. I wanted to use it because the inverted cross was supposed to symbolise mankind’s fall into matter; the symbol was the chaos which ensued from this union and the flower’s beauty which was the product of it.


See also Similar to Chaos Star.

Cirith Ungol

They took their name from the place Cirith Ungol in J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. The name Cirith Ungol is Elvish and means “Pass of the Spider”.

The “Cirith Ungol” is name of three alternatives:

  1. Cirith Ungol, the Elvish and means “Pass of the Spider”.
  2. Cirith Ungol, the Metal band.
  3. Cirith Ungol, the Metal song.

See the further song with Cirith Ungol and J.R.R. Tolkien

Original Logo

The picture is part of one of the flyers that had the original Cirith Ungol logo. The original CU logo was designed by Rob Garven, who was a graphic illustrator.

Newer Logo

Do you have this font above or another font(s)?


The font used is called Necronomicon (H. P. Lovecraft). In 1978 or earlier.

Hook and Cross

Some of them had Saturn crosses stuck in, like in BÖC’s logo.

What does the BOC logo mean?

We like to say it is an ancient symbol that means “Blue Oyster Cult”.

The BOC logo was created by Bill Gawlik, the artist who created the band’s first and second album covers. It is a stylization of the astronomical symbol for the planet Saturn. In the process of creating the album cover, Gawlick used a washer to separate the symbol into its 5 parts hook, bars and dot.

When the band was shown the artwork for the album cover, they instantly decided that it would be the perfect band logo, and that it is.

Blue Oyster Cult

The hook-and-cross logo or Cross of Questioning, was designed by Bill Gawlik in January 1972. In Greek mythology, “… the hook-and-cross symbol is that of Kronos (Cronus), the king of the Titans and father of Zeus … and is the alchemical symbol for lead (a heavy metal), one of the heaviest of metals.” The hook-and-cross symbol also resembled the astrological symbol for Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture, and the sickle, which is associated with both Kronos (Cronus) and Saturn (both the planet and the Roman god). The logo’s “… metaphysical, alchemical and mythological connotations, combined with its similarity to some religious symbols gave it a flair of decadence and mystery …”. Wikipedia.


Tarot Card.

Garven: Halvar [The Planet Of Doom], he’s the protagonist guy in the movie. He’s kind of like a viking biker guy that travels through time to go back to kill the guy that murdered his wife. I can’t pronounce the monster’s name or whatever but anyway his name was Halvar. That’s the guy. So in our part of the thing he gets to like a cave and he goes in there meeting a witch. She reads his tarot cards, and while reading the tarot…

Baker: All you need to do is read the lyrics to “Witch’s Game.”

Garven: But yeah, he goes inside… I’m just telling you, that he goes inside each tarot card and he fights the monster.


Original artistThe band Cirith UngolOther bands
Cover painting (Frank Frazetta)First cover: "At the time we wanted a “Sword and Sorcery” theme cover called “Berserker” by Frank Frazetta, a famous sword and sorcery artist, but it was taken by the country rock band MOLLY HATCHET!" - Rob

Second cover: v/a, amongst Cirith Ungol (Picture disc, 2016)
Dust, Nazareth, Molly Hatchet, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc
Cover painting - Elric
(Michael Whelan)
Cirith Ungol - Frost and Fire (1981), King of the Dead (1984), One Foot in Hell (1986), Paradise Lost (1991), I’m Alive (2019), Forever Black (2020)

Almost all books, except the title Forever Black.
Almost same cover painting:
Elric – Stormbringer, Antihero, Elric of Melnibon (all from 2017)

Authors and his band also (Michael Moorcock)#1 I’m Alive (2019)
#2 Paradise Lost (1991)
#3 (Servants of Chaos) (2001)
#4 One Foot in Hell (1986)
#5 King of the Dead (1984)
#6 Frost and Fire (1981)
His own band:
Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix

Collaborated bands:
Blue Öyster Cult (Black Blade, Veteran of the Psychic Wars), Hawkwind (The Black Corridor, Warrior on the Edge of Time, Sonic Attack, The Chronicle of the Black Sword), Robert Calvert (Sonic Attack, Hype), Spirits Burning

Other bands are:
many Stormbringer, Eternal Champion, Smoulder, Deep Purple - Stormbringer, etc
Chaos Star (Michael Moorcock)Cirith UngolThe Lamp of Thoth, Eternal Champion, Helstar, Bolt Thrower, Attila, Slave Lunacy, Agent Steel, etc.
Praying Skeleton (William Cheselden - Osteographia)Cirith UngolBlack Oath, Minimum Syndicat, Archaeaeon, Prophets of Rage, Avenged Sevenfold, etc.
Hook and Cross (Bill Gawlik)Cirith UngolBlue Öyster Cult
The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)The band and the song: Cirith UngolBurzum, Gorgoroth, Morgoth, Amon Amarth, Isengard, etc

Cover painting - others
(Michael Whelan)
Witch’s Game (2018)Sepultura, Meat Loaf, etc
Necronomicon (H. P. Lovecraft)Cirith Ungol (at least 1978-86)Necronomicon (all of the bands)

Pyramid, castle and mountain

See Pyramid, castle and mountain.



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