Cthulhu != Octopus

I have a bit of a thing for Cthulhu. And besides keeping a whole menace of crocheted ones in my apartment, I often toy with the idea of buying some Cthulhu jewelry or artwork.

One of the things that peeves me, therefore, I go looking for Cthulhuiana is that sometimes designers don’t actually know what Cthulhu looks like. From “The Call of Cthulhu” by H.P. Lovecraft himself:

If I say that my somewhat extravagant imagination yielded simultaneous pictures of an octopus, a dragon, and a human caricature, I shall not be unfaithful to the spirit of the thing. A pulpy, tentacled head surmounted a grotesque and scaly body with rudimentary wings; but it was the general outline of the whole which made it most shockingly frightful.

It’s an anthropomorphic octopus dragon with a huge body and undersized wings.

Which is why I get frustrated when a search for “Cthulhu necklace” on Etsy turns up a million versions of this:

this is not Cthulhu

Now it’s a rocking cephalopod, I’ll give you that. But where is the body & where are the wings?

I don’t even require a body, just wings. Some excellent examples of the same octopus but with wings:

a great Cthulhu in pewter

This one has such a tall image that I’m linking directly to it. Worth clicking through!

Now THOSE are Cthulhu. Wow.

I did find an Etsy seller who makes polymer clay Cthulhu jewelry, though it’s not something I could wear everyday. Or, for me, probably at all. I’m extremely light on jewelry.

The Green Polymer Cthulhu

And if one has the money, one can buy a truly amazing Cthulhu amulet based on Lovecraft’s own sketch of the Cthulhu statue!

Cthulhu amulet

(the words are “Cthulhu ftagen” rendered in Cyrillic script, since the craftsperson is Russian.)

I also found an awesome Cthulhu ring and an elder sign necklace which I’m lusting after.

Cthulhu ring

Elder Sign Pendant

So, to set the record straight, yes Cthulhu’s got a bit of the old octopus going on. But without a wings at a minimum, it’s just an awesome cephalopod, not dread Cthulhu. Fortunately, there are some good jewelers out there who know that.


  1. Rosalind says:

    That is some pretty awesome jewelry you’ve found!
    .-= Rosalind´s last blog ..Geeky Flickr Finds =-.

  2. Ruth says:

    I’m excited. I’ll post if I get one of them. :)

  3. Lycanthromancer says:

    Hey, Ruth!

    I figured that you’d be interested in some of Ursula Vernon’s artwork, over on DeviantART.

    For instance:

    Fursuit Cthulhu: http://ursulav.deviantart.com/art/Fursuit-Cthulhu-87124827 (Replete with pet shoggoth-bunny)

    I love Ursula’s work. I tried posted more of Ursula’s Cthulhu pics, but your website won’t let me post them because they’re ‘spammy’. Oh well. You’ll just have to look around at her gallery yourself to find the other ones.

    I know it’s not Cthulhu-based, but check out her webcomic, Digger: http://www.diggercomic.com/?p=3 It’s got all sorts of delicious weirdness going on, and the plot and characterization are top-notch.

  4. Lycanthromancer says:

    Was my post deleted?

    [Went into spam but found & approved]

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