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 . [2]

Long after Lovecraft's death, the spelling pronunciation / k ə ˈ θ uː l uː / kə- THOO -loo (alternatively transcribed as kuh-THOO-loo ) [7] became common. The role-playing game Call of Cthulhu has used the pronunciations klhul-hoo or tluhluh . [8] (An approximate IPA transcription, based on these descriptions and the non-IPA signs, would be [kʟ̝̊ʊl.ʔuː] for klhul-hoo and [ɬʊʔ.lʊʔ] for tluhluh .)

In " The Call of Cthulhu ", H. P. Lovecraft describes a statue of Cthulhu as "A monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind." [9] Cthulhu has been described in appearance as resembling an octopus, a dragon and a human caricature, hundreds of meters tall, with webbed human-looking arms and legs and a pair of rudimentary wings on its back. [9] Cthulhu's head is depicted as similar to the entirety of a gigantic octopus , with an unknown number of tentacles surrounding its supposed mouth.

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