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What is The Emerald Tablet in Eternals and what does it contain?

Darcy Rafter January 18, 2022

One of the earliest movies in Marvel Universe’s Phase 4 is Eternals, which has just been added to Disney+. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, a tragedy forces them to reunite with a deadly enemy. One thing everyone wants to find out more about is The Emerald Tablet, so let’s discover what it contains.

The film follows a new team of Super-Heroes in the Marvel Universe that tells the story of ancient aliens who have secretly been living on Earth for thousands of years.

Eternals sets up further Marvel productions in its end credits scene and fans are getting increasingly excited to find out what could be next for the clan. Especially considering it was full of Easter eggs and loose threads.

So, let’s discover what The Emerald Tablet in Eternals is and what it contains.

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What is The Emerald Tablet in Eternals

The Emerald Tablet is an ancient artefact and was a tablet made of emerald which could be written on with a stylus.

The Whitman poem was recited by Whitman and was one of the first of many hints about the Celestials. When Makkari mentions The Emerald Tablet, he is likely referring to The Emerald Tablet of Hermes which is an ancient text that was likely first written around 750 CE and contains a lot of the period’s alchemical practices. In the text, it is suggested that gold can be made artificially and there is a way to create a Philosopher’s Stone.

Druig gave Makkari the Emerald Tablet before the Eternals parted ways, and that could be why he teased her about still having it when they saw each other again. It is certain that the Emerald Tablet holds some sort of significance and it could even be opened up wider to future Marvel films. It is possible that throughout the phase four films we are collecting different artefacts along the way.

The ancient Emerland Tablet transcription

Here is a translation of The Emerald Tablet from an ancient Arabic transcription by Jabir ibn Hayyan. This translation is into English and done by Eric J. Holmyard: 

Truth! Certainty! That in which there is no doubt!
That which is above is from that which is below, and that which is below is from that which is above,

working the miracles of one [thing]. As all things were from One.

Its father is the Sun and its mother the Moon.

The Earth carried it in her belly, and the Wind nourished it in her belly,

as Earth which shall become Fire.

Feed the Earth from that which is subtle,

with the greatest power. It ascends from the earth to the heaven

and becomes ruler over that which is above and that which is below.

What does the Emerald Tablet contain?

The tablet contained texts that Makkari wanted to know.

Whilst residing in Babylon, Makkari wanted to find the Emerald Tablet. In hopes of doing this, she configured a deal with two traders to trade for it. Therefore, she collected as many artefacts as she could but when it came to the handover, the traders did not have the tablet. They attempted to taking the artefacts from her anyway but Makkari caught them and the traders told her the tablet was a myth.

After the incident involving the two traders, she set off on the venture of searching for the tablet. When she eventually found the Emerald Tablet, she brought it back with her to the Domo. Where she added it to her collection of the other historical objects that she had accumulated.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.