'Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!'?
Where is it from, and what does it mean?
What language is it?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
ia ia shub niggurath!
Is another one.
The Best Lovecraft quote:
"Ph'nglui Mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn."
("In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.")
It's just a language that Lovecraft made up. There isn't that much of it, so there is no grammar or anything.
- JaneLv 44 years ago
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It is from the most ancient tongue (according to Lovecrafts books). Pertaining to the god Cthulhu who sleeps in R'lyeh It has variously been translated to mean: Rejoice! Rejoice! Cthulhu sleeps! Hey! Hey! Cthulhu waits! Joy! Hoy! Cthulhu dreams! Personally I think the first one is probably most correct. But it is based on other pieces of phrases which are specifically translated. This specific phrase is never given an exact translation in the Cthulhu Mythos so its mostly guesswork. However, I personally think the first one seems most correct if you know that storys involved.
- 5 years ago
As Laurie said, it's a heavily modified take on ancient Sumerian, with some words that Lovecraft simply concocted thrown into the mix to throw the reader off guard. Many pulp authors of the early 1900s were interested in ancient languages. It's said that a popular horror writer of the 1920s once hired an editor based solely on the fact that he "had a considerable understanding of Middle French."
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- jplatt39Lv 71 decade ago
It's from the stories of H. P. Lovecraft, in particular his "The Call of Cthulhu" available in the Dunwich Horror and other stories, but originally published in Weird Tales in the thirties. It roughly means Cthulhu lives. Also check out the website for Chaosium which does a Cthulhu Mythos role playing game and distributes a lot of related fiction.
- fuzzydeathrayLv 51 decade ago
Cthulhu Mythos, HP Lovecraft
"Hey! Hey! Cthulhu waits! (or) Cthulhu dreams!!"
- 6 years ago
Some of it is ancient Sumerian, which Lovecraft modified considerably.
- ?Lv 43 years ago
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- 5 years ago
IF YOU WERE AS WISE AS YOU IMAGINE YOURSELVES TO BE YOU WOULD NT SAY MY NAME-----CTHULHU
- Anonymous1 decade ago
call of cthulu dark corners of the earth.