1920 The Tree

Weird Tales 1938.08, Margaret Brundage.
Written early 1920, published in The Tryout 1921.10, Weird Tales 1938.08.

Opening Statement:
“Fata viam invenient.”

     On a verdant slope of Mount Maenalus, in Arcadia, there stands an olive grove about the ruins of a villa.
What in Brown Jenkin's Name..?
     Two Greek sculptors have a friendly competition, but sickness, death and foliage intervene.
     In ancient Greece, two sculptors, Kalos and Musides, compete in building tribute projects for their ruler. Kalos falls ill, and dies. Musides builds a tomb for Kalos and plants olive twigs by Kalos' grave as per Kalos’ final wishes. A great olive tree grows from the twigs, and on one stormy night a large branch falls and destroys Musides and his statue.
From Dr. Armitage's Notes:
  • This is Lovecraft’s only story set in Greece, possibly inspired by Hawthorne’s “A Wonder Book” and “Tanglewood Tales”, or Bulfinch’s “Age of Fable”.
    • Kalos' tree is possibly referenced (but re-envisioned as elms?) in "The Silver Key".

The Horrible Conclusion:
     But the olive grove still stands, as does the tree growing out of the tomb of Kalos, and the old bee-keeper told me that sometimes the boughs whisper to one another in the night wind, saying over and over again. "Oida! Oida! -I know! I know!"
Read it here.

Follow'd by "The Cats of Ulthar"