R’lyeh Text

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“By all the depths of Y’ha-nthlei and the dwellers thereof, for the One Over All; By the Sign of Kish and all who obey it, for its Author; By the Door to Yhe and all who use it, who have gone before and who shall come after, for Him To Whom It Leadeth; By Him Who Is To Come . . . Ph’nglui mglw nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah nagl fhtagn!” — invocation to Dagon, 300 B.C.

The R’lyeh Text is known by reputation only. Written around 13,000 B.C. by an unknown author, the original clay tablets are variously rumored to exist or to have been destroyed. More probable are the rumors of various copies found on scrolls from about 300 B.C., hidden in remote areas along the China coast. English and German translations are thought to have been secretly made and smuggled out of the country.

The text deals extensively with the deep ones, Father Dagon and Mother Hydra, the Spawn of Cthulhu, Cthulhu’s alleged sons Zoth-Ommog and Ghatanothoa, as well as Great Cthulhu himself. It also tells of the sinking of Mu and R’lyeh, and hints of a time when the latter will again rise from the deep. Cyaegha, “the Thing that Waits in Darkness’’, is also briefly discussed.

The Original Tablets

The original clay tablets, if they still exist, are the most complete version.

Chinese Copies

Later Chinese versions are invariably less complete.

The Liyuhh

There exists an extremely rare German translation or “adaptation and analysis’’ known as the Liyuhh which contains additional information on Cyaegha.


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