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Lovecraft symbols meanings

Lovecraft Symbols - Lovecraft Meanings

Lovecraft symbols are steeped in literature and horror. The brainchild of famed 1920s author, HP Lovecraft, these symbols depicted different gods, creatures, and other flights of fantasies created by Lovecraft in his rich literary world. A cult figure, Lovecraft took a different approach to science fiction and horror. For Lovecraft, fear was not just about what was on earth, but beyond that. He coined the idea of cosmic horror, a concept that stated that the universe and its working were beyond any sort of human comprehension. Instead, humanity itself was seen as insignificant. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Lovecraft used New England as a backdrop to his tales. Influenced by World War I, Lovecraft’s story centered on a central theme: the horrors man inflicts on others. His stories were known to be dark, chilling, and filled with evils from another world.

Lovecraft crafted stories of powerful entities, supernatural and extraterrestrial that held immense power. These creatures used their powers in subtle ways over humans and led the latter into madness. The most enduring of Lovecraft’s creations is that of Cthulhu Mythos and the Necronomicon. These were tales of larger than life entities that led humans to be invalid, and grimoires of magical rites and forbidden works. Unappreciated in his time, Lovecraft died with relatively little fame. However, over time, his works have garnered more attention and fame. Within weird and mystical horror and science fiction, he is seen as a cult figure of sorts for fans of this niche literary genre. The Lovecraftian Mythos are based on deities created by him, using the original descriptions as the source material. Each symbol represents a specific creature Lovecraft created and inspired, using his own words to create a visual representation of the rich mythological worlds created by him.

The Yig Lovecraftian Mythos Symbol

The Yig

The Yig is also known as the Father of the Serpents. It is part of the Great Old Ones. The Yig is known to send out its followers to find those who have killed snakes, by either killing them or turning into a snake-like creature resembling himself. Yig is an easy god to anger, but also an easy god to please if its children, the snake remains unharmed. His first appearance was in “The Curse of Yig” by HP Lovecraft.

The Yellow sign Lovecraftian Mythos Symbol

The Yellow sign

A fictional glyph, the Yellow sign possesses immense power. Although its true nature is unknown, it has a strange siren call to the dark world of the King in Yellow and Carcosa. Anyone exposed to it is doomed. Originally a part of Robert W. Chambers book, ‘The King in Yellow,’ not much is revealed about its origin or purpose. However, admirers of Chambers such as Lovecraft incorporated the yellow sign into their own works. In more modern works created by Lovecraft imitators, the Yellow Sign is the sign of Hastur and is used by members of his cult to identify each other.

Y'golonac Lovecraftian Mythos Symbol


Y’golonac is a fictional deity and is part of the Cthulhu Mythos. Known as the god of perversion and depravity, this extends across all human endeavors, any kind of depravity and perversion that can be conceived. Y’golonac can be summoned by reading his name in the Revelations of Gla’aki. Imprisoned in an unknown location in a wall of bricks in some unknown ruins, his true form remains unknown. However, he manifests in a human by possessing them, often appearing as an obese man with no head or neck, and holding a mouth in each hand.

Tsathoggua Lovecraftian Mythos Symbol


Tsathoggua is also known as the Sleeper of N’kai. It is a being in the Cthulhu Mythos, and described as godlike. Often found asleep, Tsathoggua is characterized as being lazy and unwilling to leave his chambers unless in peril. Tsathoggua does not like to be woken. If disturbed, he will take the person as a sacrifice and eat them, unless offered someone else in their stead to eat.
“Amorphous, toad-like god-creature mentioned in the Pnakotic Manuscripts and the Necronomicon and the Commoriom myth-cycle preserved by the Atlantean high-priest Klarkash-Ton” – H.P. Lovecraft.

Rhantegoth Lovecraftian Mythos Symbol


Rhan-Tegoth is a Medusa-like creature, 15 feet in size and described as an insectoid amphibious god-being. Part of the Great Old Ones, Rhan-Tegoth is not as powerful but is an instrumental part of the return of the Old Ones. It is said that for 3 million years, it has resided on Earth but in a hibernation like trance. One of the last gods to sleep, he is probably the first one who will wake. Rhan-Tegoth is described as having a large barrel-shaped trunk with six appendages ending in claws-like pincers and three small, insect-like eyes.

Nyarlathotep Lovecraftian Mythos Symbol


An evil deity in Lovecraft’s works, Nyarlathotep is also known as the Crawling Chaos. He is part of the Outer Gods. He is first described as a “tall” and “swarthy” man who resembles an Egyptian pharaoh. Nyaralathotep wanders the world, amassing followers who are lost in his thrall and lead to the world collapsing. He walks the earth disguised as human, and is not exiled like the other gods.

Hastur Lovecraftian Mythos Symbol


Also known as the Unspeakable, Hastur is a deity part of the Cthulhu mythos. The only mention of Hastur in Lovecraft’s stories is in “The Whisperer in Darkness.” In works by other authors, Hastur is known as the god of shepherds. Hastur is part of the Great Old Ones, and is the half-brother of the Cthulhu.

Gloon Lovecraftian Mythos Symbol


Gloon is also known as the Corrupter of Flesh and the Master of the Temple. It is described as a slug-like creature, and hideous in appearance. However, it usually hides its true nature by disguising itself as a glamour of a beautiful Dionysian statue. Gloon is affiliated with the Great Old Ones. His first appearance was in the “The Temple.”

Ghatanothoa Lovecraftian Mythos Symbol


Described as a large, amorphous, exceptionally hideous being, Ghatanothoa is part of the Cthulhu Mythos. It is often compared to the Greek myth of Medusa for visual comparison. Ghatanothoa is one of the Great Old Ones, and is said to be so hideous that whosoever sees it becomes petrified and frozen forever. The body then takes on a leathery consistency, but the brain remains preserved and fully aware. Only destroying the brain itself can free the individual themself. Ghatanothoa is currently underneath Mount Yaddith-Gho in the sunken continent of Mu, trapped.

Eldersign Lovecraftian Mythos Symbol


The Eldersign provides a form of protection for the Great Ones or the Old Ones. Seen as a symbol that protects at least one of the deities, the latter also regard it with a sense of fear. In the The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, when a farmer and wife are questioned about the Old Ones, they do not provide a verbal response but simply make the Eldersign and leave. In letters, Lovecraft drew the sign as a six-pointed “branch.” It is also depicted as a five-pointed star with distorted edges.

Dagon Lovecraftian Mythos Symbol


A deity that leads the Older Ones. An amphibious creature, the Dagon is a humanoid that dwells in the depths of oceans of the Earth. The Dagon is part of the Great Old Ones and also the consort of Mother Hydra. The Dagon is worshipped by the Esoteric Order of Dagon, a secret cult in Innsmouth. It is very large in size, denoting its old age and presence.

cthulhu Lovecraftian Mythos Symbol


One of the most famous entities created by Lovecraft, the Cthulhu has been the subject of many stories and fables even in modern times. A Great Old One, the Cthulhu is described as a gigantic entity that is worshipped by cultists. It is a mixture of octopus, human and a dragon and is seen as a formidable creature. Originally published in a pulp magazine as a short story entitled “The Call of the Cthulhu,” Lovecraft described the creature as “A monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind.”

Cthugha Lovecraftian Mythos Symbol


Cthugha is a fictional deity in the Cthulhu Mythos genre of horror fiction and is the creation of August Derleth. Derleth was a friend and contemporary of Lovecraft and Cthulhu Mythos was created as a way to describe the fictional universe Lovecraft and his circle of writers shared. A giant ball of fire, Cthugha is one of the Great Old Ones. It is also known as the Living Flame or the Burning Flame. There is not as much known about this entity, but it is described as having ugly dark blotches all over its body and spouting great arcs of spinning flames. The Elder Gods hold the Cthugha in an undisclosed location in chains.

Bokrug Lovecraftian Mythos symbol


The Bokrug sleeps under the calm of the water in the lake between the cities of Ib and Sarnath. It awakens when the humans of Sarnath slaughter those living in Ib and steal their god’s idol. Each year after the slaughter, the water would ripple throughout the lake. On the 1000th of Ib’s destruction, Bokrug rose up and destroyed the city of Sarnath, leaving no trace of its people behind. The Thuum’ha race eventually recolonized the area.

Aylith Lovecraftian Symbols


Also known as the Widow in the Woods, the Aylith is a tall and shadowy creature or humanoid. It is described as having yellow eyes and protruding branches. The Aylith is a servant of the Shub-Niggurath. A Great Old One, the Aylith is found in the HP Lovecraft inspired Cthulhu Mythos. Not much information is present about the Widow of the Woods, except for in Helen Dubois’ diary. Helen Dubois was a woman who had been driven to the edge of insanity when she lost her husband and child. After this tragedy, Dubois sought peace and tranquility in the forest, but instead came across the Widow in the Woods.

Atlach-Nacha Lovecraftian Mythos symbols


A Great Old One from HP Lovecraft inspired Cthulhu Mythos the Atlach-Nacha is known as a spider god. It has the body of a spider and a human-like face. Originating from Saturn, it is primarily a cave-dwelling creature that lives beneath Mount Voormithadreth, in the now extinct Arctic kingdom of Hyperborea. The Atlach-Nacha spins a great web in this space, creating a bridge between the waking world and the Dreamlands. Legend has it that when the bridge is complete, the world will come to an end. Worshipped by the Phoenicians and the Hyborians (where he was known as Zath), it is also seen as an important deity in modern times. The Atlach-Nacha is worshipped by the Tcho-Tchos of the Andaman Islands and South Asia currently.

Nodens Lovecraft symbol


Nodens is a Hunter, Lord of the Great Abyss, one of the Elder Gods from Cthulhu Mythos. He is an elderly man with a long bushy beard and gray hair. Nodens travels the world in a chariot made of a huge seashell. His vocation is hunting, and as victims he most often chooses creatures belonging to the pantheon of the Ancients. This does not mean that Nodens is a defender of good. It’s just that the Ancients represent the most difficult and, therefore, attractive prey for him.

Azathoth Lovecraft symbol


Azathoth is Sultan of demons, Seething nuclear chaos, one of the Lovecraft’s Outer Gods. This god is at the head of the pantheon of Cthulhu myths. According to the author, Azathoth is a blind god with no specific physical form (although he can incarnate in the being of Xada-Ngla). Azathoth is one of the Lovecraft Outer Gods.

Yog-Sothoth Lovecraft symbol


Yog-Sothoth is one of the Lovecraft Outer Gods. Yog-Sothoth is All in one; One who is outside; The one who will open the Way. It included not only time and space, but also the entire universe with its immense scope, which knows no limits, and surpasses any imaginations and calculations of mathematicians and astronomers.

Lovecraft font

Lovecraft font

Lovecraftian Font is inspired by Columbus classic typefaces designed by Herman Ihlenburg in Philadelphia in 1892. Columbus has an iconic status among many fans of Call of Cthulhu H.P. Lovecraft. It gives birth to countless stories, novels, movies, tabletop and video games, since the original publication of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu.
Strange creatures, weird science, and shadowy cults dominate the Cthulhu Mythos, intent on realizing mad schemes to bring about the end of everything.
This Lovecraftian Font has been completely modernized getting rid of all serifs but keeping the essence of the original.
The Lovecraftian Font comes together with a family of 16 symbols from Lovecraft Cthulhu Mythos creatures.

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