The Land of Nod (’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".
"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.
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 4:16.
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.
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.
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."
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..."
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..."
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 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.
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?"