A Proper Shoggoth

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Best rendering of one I’ve seen yet.

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    1. That is a proper shoggoth… I approve. (Most shoggoth pictures don’t do them justice…)


    2. It was a terrible, indescribable thing vaster than any subway train – a shapeless congeries of protoplasmic bubbles, faintly self-luminous, and with myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over the tunnel-filling front that bore down upon us, crushing the frantic penguins and slithering over the glistening floor that it and its kind had swept so evilly free of all litter. Still came that eldritch, mocking cry- “Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!”

      Yeah, that’s about right.


    3. See, this kind of thing just makes me wish Guillermo del Toro was making “At the Mountains of Madness” next, instead of spending four years with Hobbits.


    4. @flintlocke: Ahem… speaking of which…

      “Bilbo would not speak to anyone about what he saw in those tunnels. Sometimes, I would awake at night and hear voices from his room, and upon inspection I would discover him talking in his sleep. Sometimes, he would mumble about “the great old ones” who would one day awaken. Other times, he would repeat a strange word over and over again in a hollow, lifeless voice; Tekeli-li… Tekeli-li… I don’t believe it’s elvish nor dwarven. Maybe I’ll ask Gandalf about it when he visits us.
      Other times, Bilbo would awaken with a scream, and as I rush to his side, he would gibber about “black oozing horrors” that “flowed down the tunnels like a river of Nazguls” and then he would begin to cry. The next morning, he would act as if nothing happened, and any mention of the previous night’s events would make him upset. I worry about him.
      Occasionally I think about visiting those tunnels myself. Maybe one day me and Sam would go there. But sometimes, late at night, I would awaken with a start from troubled sleep, vague scraps of nightmares fading from my memory, and then I would hear uncle Bilbo’s voice, chanting that word over and over again.
      Tekeli-li… Tekeli-li…


    5. Is there more of that? It’s an interesting experiment. I’ve always found Lovecraft and Tolkein very similar in style, which means that sort of works. It’s spooky.


    6. @flintlocke: I have to agree. I’m rather indifferent about seeing the Hobbit, regardless of who directs it, despite how much I enjoyed the book as a kid. But I would line up and do backflips for del Toro to direct a movie about almost ANY Lovecraft tale


    7. What this movie need is TOM CRUISE! Flashing his pearly whites as he unloads his gun into an advancing Shoggoth’s eye(eyes?) and giving a cheeky wink as the movie concludes with a HAPPY ENDING! …excuse me while I puke.


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