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In a letter to the amateur writer Duane W. Rimel, dated July 23, 1934, H.P. Lovecraft addresses the issue of how to pronounce the name "Cthulhu."

H.P. Lovecraft wrote:
The name of the hellish entity was invented by beings whose vocal organs were not like man's, hence it has no relation to the human speech equipment. 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 any human organs could imitate it or human letters record it -- may be taken as something like Khlûl'-hloo, with the first syllable pronounced gutturally and very thickly. The u is about like that in full; and the first syllable is not unlike klul in sound, hence the h represents the guttural thickness.


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I wonder why he threw a "th" in the word then? I've been pronouncing it as "K thu lu" with both 'u's as long (like the u in 'blue').

Thanks for the reference

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Cthulhu made Lovecraft put in the silent th to annoy everyone; he's quite the prankster!
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I've been saying "Kuh-Thool-Who" - primarily because that's what CoC 4th edition RPG said to do. Blast you Sandy Peterson! goo




EDIT - Actually, re-reading the OP I still don't know how to pronounce it. And maybe that's the point.
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I can say His name properly. Mainly because I speak english with the typical & terrible french accent

That said, why wasn't this revealed much sooner?
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Dietch wrote:
That said, why wasn't this revealed much sooner?

Sooner than 1934?
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Nobody seems aware of that!
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That's great and all (I find this stuff interesting) but I'm going to continue saying Ka-thoo-loo).
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According to this link:

S.T. Joshi records that Donald Wandrei once pronounced the name as Chaosium does in HPL's presence "and received nothing but a blank stare in return."
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There you go, here's how you pronounce it: :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx0vDqsasek

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dgmaga wrote:
There you go, here's how you pronounce it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx0vDqsasek

Daniel

I laughed out loud!
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This one made me laugh more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTdJAmXul4c&feature=related

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Always thought it was k,Choo Luh, but that was going from an old Fields of the Nephilim album.
 
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This one is clearly the best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C09XckvTCM0
 
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jumbit wrote:
In a letter to the amateur writer Duane W. Rimel, dated July 23, 1934, H.P. Lovecraft addresses the issue of how to pronounce the name "Cthulhu."

H.P. Lovecraft wrote:
The name of the hellish entity was invented by beings whose vocal organs were not like man's, hence it has no relation to the human speech equipment. 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 any human organs could imitate it or human letters record it -- may be taken as something like Khlûl'-hloo, with the first syllable pronounced gutturally and very thickly. The u is about like that in full; and the first syllable is not unlike klul in sound, hence the h represents the guttural thickness.




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR2wTq55ZWU&feature=youtu.be...
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Interestingly enough, Eric Cartman and other residents of South Park pronounce Ka-Too-Loo.
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