Cthulhu Elder Sign Patch

Limited edition patch.

Cthulhu is a fictional cosmic entity created by writer H. P.
Lovecraft and first introduced in the short story "The Call of Cthulhu",
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 it as a gigantic entity worshipped by
cultists, in shape 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.

by Lovecraft in 1928, the name Cthulhu was probably chosen to echo the
word chthonic (Classical Greek "of the earth"), as apparently suggested
by Lovecraft himself at the end of his 1923 tale "The Rats in the
Walls". 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." (See the discussion linked below.) S. T. Joshi points out,
however, that Lovecraft gave several differing pronunciations on
different occasions. According to Lovecraft, this is merely the closest
that the human vocal apparatus can come to reproducing the syllables of
an alien language. Cthulhu has also been spelled in many other ways,
including Tulu, Katulu and Kutulu. The name is often preceded by the
epithet Great, Dead, or Dread.Long after Lovecraft's death, the spelling
pronunciation /kəˈθuːluː/ became common. Others use the pronunciation
Katulu/Kutulu /kəˈtuːluː/

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