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