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For those of you, like me, who tend to be somewhat lacking in the realm of popular culture, Metallica’s got a song called “The Call of Ktulu.”
So I guess the Dread One has decided to endorse a specific Romanization, after all…
Wow…I had totally forgotten Metallica did “Call of Ktulu”. For a moment there I thought you were referring to “The Thing That Should not be”, which would also piss off Cthulhu since then he’d be getting confused with Nyarlathotep.
I thought there were references to a few of the old ones in “The Thing That Should Not Be.”
half bred children watch the sea,
pray for father roaming free.
(sounds more like Dagon)
hunter of the dark is rising..
Then quoting the line about that which in sleep may eternal lie, strange aeons, even death may die…
First –HA! This was one of the best I’ve seen on this site.
And for what it’s worth, the Metallica lyrics are: “Hybrid children…” rather than “half-bred,” as referenced above…
Thanks Coop. Was relying on memory.
That is OK , great Cthulhu , Metallica sucks anyway.
Haha! Excellent!! :D
Aye, the Thing That Should Not Be has references to loads of Mythos beasties. Since the title itself is either Tsathoggua or Hastur (sigh- geek alert!), and the rest as Chris said.
And for a song that is 20+ years old…
old cutlist never die…
GROUPMEMBER69 | Mar 27, 2008 at 8:33 pm
That is OK , great Cthulhu , Metallica sucks anyway.
Metallica sucks? are you nutz??
He knows not old Metallica.
meh they really didnt get it wrong persay just didnt go with a popular spelling
Cthulhu has also been spelled Tulu, Clulu, Clooloo, Cighulu, Cathulu, Kutulu, Q’thulu, Ktulu, Kthulhut, Kulhu, Thu Thu Hmong, and in many other ways. It is often preceded by the epithet Great, Dead, or Dread.
DON’T EVER USE WIKI AS A REFERENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT CAN BE CHANGED BY ANYONE. THAT IS IN FACT THE POINT!
Now, if you would actually READ some Lovecraft, I would LOVE to hear which of his works uses these spellings.
Well, I think the spelling all has to do with how you, personally, pronounce it. In “The Call of Cthulhu”, when Proffesor Angel’s stuff is stumbled upon, he says “it was a jumble of letters that could only be pronounced as ‘Cthulhu’. So maybe this means that’s the only way to pronounce the name, and maybe it’s open to interpertation because that’s how the main character felt was ‘correct’ to pronounce his name.
I have seen alternate spellings for Cthulhu as referenced in other works on Lovecraft. I’ll have to check my library when I get home.
I agree. Metallica can suck my tentacles. Big bro listens to them 24-7, and I’m thinking of summoning a Chaos Elemental to slice him into small and amusing bits.
Just finished reading an old collection of Lovecraft stories.
Tales of The Cthulhu Mythos, vol. 1
One of the stories included a being called “The Thing That Should Not Be,” but I can’t remember the beings true name.
“The Salem Horror” is the name of the story.
(book at home, I’m at work)
However, the ending seems to be the inspiration for a trailer for the new Alone in the Dark game – investigator throws a vial of liquid at the being and sends it back to where it came from.
I usually justify the altered spelling “Ktulu” as Metallica’s fear of the power of the Great One’s real name…
Lovecraft often referred to him as ktooloo or klooloo in his letters and didn’t prounounce the ‘th’ in the americanized way most people do. It was supposed to feel unnatural and hard to say, which is why many later publications uses lovecraft’s variant spellings, or their own, to avoid the popular chaosium “Kuh-thulu” sound.
And by the way, The British journal Nature found wikipedia about as accurate as Encyclopedia Brittanica in a study done in 2005. You can mistrust it all you want, but it is still as reliable as any other encyclopedia.
Lmao, I just found this site when reading about Lovecraft online(I was inspired to read his works after listening to Metallica for some time).
Anyhoo, funny caption.
As somebody already mentioned, it was apparently spelled wrong on purpose, in respect or (playful) ‘fear’ of the Cthulhu. Probably Cliff Burton’s idea, methinks. =P
just though i would let you all know that James regrets spelling it Ktulu so fans could try and say it right…and as far as the song the thing that should not be is actually a reference to the story “Shadows of Innmouth” which is about Dagon and Cthulhu both…i made my piece…i know my metallica so let them thrash on for years
Not after I get done editing it isn’t.
Metallica member James Hetfield said that one of his few regrets was spelling it “Ktulu” for ease of pronounciation by fans. 8P
also, the lyrics are “hunter of the *shadows* is rising”
They didn’t want to be sued for copyrights.
Everyone owes it to themselves to check out Bal Sagoth’s song ” Shackled to the Trilithon of Kutulu”. They make numerous references to both Lovecraft and Howard. Check it out – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j893OnQrd6w
“the thing that should not be” seems to reference the shadow over innsmouth and it’s themes of hybrid mixing with subaquatic monsters
its ok thou, cuz K is a TOADALLY CTHONIC LETTAR
I’ve read that the spelling was altered because Cthulhu comes closer every time his name is said. So they misspelled it at the time intentionally, as a sort of joke…
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