(god) Gods mentioned in the Necronomicon and after which Professor Lake named the creatures (Elder Ones) he found on the Miskatonic University Antarctic Expedition. In "The Dunwich Horror," Dr. Armitage speaks of Elder Things as "some terrible elder of beings from another dimension" who wish for the "extirpation of the entire human race." Overall, the Elder Things probably encompass most of the creatures of the Cthulhu mythos.
("The Dunwich Horror" "At the Mountains of Madness")
See also: Elder Ones