Cthulhu Mythos character
Cthulhu and R'lyeh.jpg
A 2006 artist depiction of Cthulhu
First appearance"The Call of Cthulhu" (1928)
Created byH. P. Lovecraft
SpeciesGreat Old One
TitleHigh Priest of the Great Old Ones
The Great Dreamer
The Sleeper of R'lyeh
FamilyAzathoth (great-great-grandfather)

Cthaeghya (half-sister)
Nctosa and Nctolhu (twin daughters)
Yog-Sothoth (grandfather)
Shub-Niggurath (grandmother)

Nug (parent)[1]

Cthulhu (/) is a fictional cosmic entity created by writer H. P. Lovecraft and first introduced in the short story "The Call of Cthulhu",[2] published in the American pulp magazine Weird Tales in 1928. Considered a Great Old One within the pantheon of Lovecraftian cosmic entities, the creature has since been featured in numerous popular culture references. Lovecraft depicts Cthulhu as a gigantic entity worshipped by cultists. Cthulhu's appearance is described as looking like an octopus, a dragon, and a caricature of human form. Its name was given to the Lovecraft-inspired universe where it and its fellow entities existed, the Cthulhu Mythos.

Etymology, spelling and pronunciation

Though invented by Lovecraft in 1928, the name Cthulhu is probably derived from the word chthonic, derived from Classical Greek, meaning "subterranean", as apparently suggested by Lovecraft himself at the end of his 1923 tale "The Rats in the Walls".[3]

Lovecraft transcribed the pronunciation of Cthulhu as Khlûl′-hloo and said that "the first syllable pronounced gutturally and very thickly. The u is about like that in full; and the first syllable is not unlike klul in sound, hence the h represents the guttural thickness."[4] S. T. Joshi points out, however, that Lovecraft gave several differing pronunciations on different occasions.[5] According to Lovecraft, this is merely the closest that the human vocal apparatus can come to reproducing the syllables of an alien language.[6] Cthulhu has also been spelled in many other ways, including Tulu, Katulu and Kutulu.[7] The name is often preceded by the epithet Great, Dead, or Dread.

Long after Lovecraft's death, the spelling pronunciation /[8] became common. Others use the pronunciation Katulu/Kutulu /kəˈtuːluː/.[9]

Other Languages
العربية: كثولو
aragonés: Cthulhu
asturianu: Cthulhu
azərbaycanca: Ktulhu
বাংলা: কথুলু
беларуская: Ктулху
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Ктулху
brezhoneg: Cthulhu
català: Cthulhu
čeština: Cthulhu
dansk: Cthulhu
español: Cthulhu
Esperanto: Cthulhu
euskara: Cthulhu
فارسی: کاتولو
français: Cthulhu
galego: Cthulhu
한국어: 크툴루
հայերեն: Քթուլհու
Bahasa Indonesia: Cthulhu
italiano: Cthulhu
עברית: קת'ולהו
Latina: Cthulhu
lietuvių: Kthulhu
lumbaart: Cthulhu
magyar: Cthulhu
Nederlands: Cthulhu
日本語: クトゥルフ
norsk: Cthulhu
norsk nynorsk: Cthulhu
occitan: Cthulhu
polski: Cthulhu
português: Cthulhu
русский: Ктулху
sardu: Cthulhu
Simple English: Cthulhu
српски / srpski: Ктулу
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Cthulhu
suomi: Cthulhu
svenska: Cthulhu
Tagalog: Cthulhu
ไทย: คธูลู
Türkçe: Cthulhu
українська: Ктулху
Tiếng Việt: Cthulhu
中文: 克蘇魯