In the stories of the Black Lodge, the Dweller on the Threshold represented the sum total of a person's dark, negative, unresolved qualities at the time of their death. At the moment of a person's enlightenment, the dweller would appear and confront them, forcing them to vanquish it in order to pass through. Facing the dweller was the final test faced by all spirits on the way to perfection.
Deputy Hawk explained the legend of the Dweller to Special Agent Dale Cooper while expounding on the myths of the White and Black Lodges, which Cooper in turn mentioned in one of his tapes to secretary Diane Evans.
Many years later, Special Agent Tammy Preston summarized the legend in a report for Gordon Cole. Despite her initial assumption that the dweller was simply a metaphorical concept, she pondered whether the double of Agent Cooper they had encountered might literally have been the "Dweller on the Threshold."
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- The concept of the Dweller on the Threshold is a Theosophical one originating from Edward Bulwer-Lytton's novel Zanoni and notably reused by Madame Blavatsky.
- In The List of Seven, written by Mark Frost after season 2 in 1993, a fictionalised version of Arthur Conan Doyle summarised Blavastky's Theosophical concept of the Dweller on the Threshold to another character. In Frost's description it is a single entity which attempts to return the Human world:
"A being ... an entity of high spiritual origin that, as part of its pilgrim's progress, consciously chose to come down into the world—"
—Arthur Conan Doyle & Jack Sparks