Round Table 5: Cthulhu Through the Ages

Kevin sits down with Kenneth Hite, Monte Cook, and Graham Walmsley to discuss the implementation of the Cthulhu Mythos in the RPG world throughout the years.

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2 Responses to “Round Table 5: Cthulhu Through the Ages”

  1. stacey chancellor Says:

    This was really cool. D&D 2nd edition is what I started gaming with, but CoC is what fermented my love of all things gaming. Trail is one of those game that I own, but never get to play as much as I want.

  2. Chris Lackey Says:

    Great show! Good discussion.

    One MINOR detail that was driving me crazy is that the host pronounced Cthulhu as (THOOL-hoo). I’m guessing basing that off the Cthonian, where the C is silent. However Cthulhu is not pronounced the same way. Lovecraft is a little dodgy and gives a couple of ways to say it.

    He says in a 1934 letter “…the word is supposed to represent a fumbling human attempt to catch the phonetics of an absolutely non-human word. . . . The syllables were determined by a physiological equipment wholly unlike ours, hence could never be uttered perfectly by human throats. . . .The actual sound — as nearly as human organs could imitate it or human letters record it — may be taken as something like Khlul’hloo, with the first syllable pronounced gutterally and very thickly. The u is about like that in full; and the first syllable is not unlike klul in sound, since the h represents the gutteral thickness. The second syllable is not very well rendered — the l being unrepresented. (Selected Letters V, pp. 10-11.)

    The actual sound — as nearly as human organs could imitate it or human letters record it — may be taken as something like Khlul’hloo, with the first syllable pronounced gutterally and very thickly. The u is about like that in full; and the first syllable is not unlike klul in sound, since the h represents the gutteral thickness. The second syllable is not very well rendered — the l being unrepresented. (Selected Letters V, pp. 10-11.)

    Read R Price’s take on it… http://crypt-of-cthulhu.com/cthulwho.htm

    There are variants and such in the mound and Charles Dexter Ward. And you pronunce it anyway you like. It’s all made up anyway!

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