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Cthulhu – An Old and Thrilling Enigma

Cthulhu – An Old and Thrilling Enigma

Posted by Elijah Canfield on


Even though Cthulhu is a fictional entity, its story is strangely familiar and somewhat believable if you love mythos. From its loose reference to the Kraken the legendry sea monster and the Sumerian civilization, which some claim was an old alien race that ruled the earth before the dawn of mankind, the story of Cthulhu is a great enigma.

Created by the writer H. P. Lovecraft, Cthulhu is a cosmic entity who was first introduced to the world in the short story "The Call of Cthulhu" in 1928. Since its introduction it has garnered much fan following and appreciation for its depiction.

Who is Cthulhu?

Cthulhu is a fictional cosmic entity. Currently he is lying deep in the sea in the Pacific Ocean. He is in suspended slumber, not dead but dreaming waiting to be awakened in the post apocalyptic world. The author describes him as huge monster with combined features of humans, an octopus and a dragon. Its face has an octopus like head, and wings like the dragon and limbs, feet, arms and legs like humans.

Cthulhu is religiously worshipped by many across the world. He has quite a cult following. It is believed that he will once again come alive or come out of the slumber in a post apocalyptic world, but no one knows what will be the effect of it. He is considered as the one the Great Old Ones referring to the ancient alien race that ruled the world and probably created human beings.

The short story describes the discovery of the existence of the creature and its subsequent result. For mankind, the Cthulhu is the ultimate nightmare.

A little Back Story

P. Lovecraft wrote a complete genealogy for Cthulhu and the details are mentioned in the short stories and some his novels. In the mythos the Cthulhu is described as being born in the planet Vhoorl in the 23rd nebula from Nug and Yeb. He and his spawn (offspring’s) later traveled to earth and built the great green stone city of R'lyeh on the great sunken continent of Mu. It was later destroyed by Ythogtha one of Cthulhu’s offspring. He is believed to have come from a different part of the universe and belongs to some ancient alien race. It is believed that Cthulhu was held as a prisoner in the city of R'lyeh now underwater, but he is not dead and will be resurrected in the future.

Cthulhu has inspired and influenced a lot of fields from games to politics to science. The enigma that surrounds the cosmic creature has also inspired many science fictions. There is no dearth of fans for this strange creature. There are a number of merchandise and you will find very creative t-shirt designs to your liking.

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