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Quote1 Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Ctulhu R'lyeh wgah-ngal fhtaga![2] Quote2
-- Disciple of Dagon during the Hyborian Age src

Overview

R'lyeh (also written R'Lyeh) is a location mostly known through the invocation of the Old Ones known as the Black Gods of R'Lyeh.[1]

A thing, another Old One, allegedly lived the pits of R'lyeh.[3]

History

Quote1 Tublat R'lyeh! Tublat Yuggoth! Tublat Set! Quote2
--Priest of Set during the Hyborian Age[src]
Quote1 By the black secrets of R'lyeh, who are you that Hell itself quails before you? Quote2
--Atla, the witch-woman of Dagon-Moor (Pictland under Roman occupation)[src]

Hyborian Age

At the time of the Hyborian Age, Cthulhu allegedly resided there.[2]

R'lyeh's name was invoked in incantations by priests of Set along with those of Set and Yuggoth,[4] by Thulandra Thuu, along Tsathoggua's and Nyarlethotep's names,[5] and by the men of the sea worshipers of Dagon.[6]

Modern Age

When Doctor Strange weakened the barriers containing the Old Ones, the "thing from R'lyeh" was let loose and harassed Jacob Roark in his cabin where he had retired himself to meditate for five years, and whose greater magical potential had been awakened by the same event, and whose energies was the only thing holding the thing's shape. Roark eventually relinquished his magical potential on Strange's counsel, and the thing departed.[3]

Erich Zann (Earth-TRN566) and Book of R'lyeh from Adventures of the X-Men Vol 1 4 0001

Erich Zann reciting a spell from the Book of R'lyeh

Alternate realities

Earth-TRN566

The Book of R'lyeh (or R'lyeh Texts) were ancient and dreaded writings foretelling the awakening of the Dweller in Darkness (who laid sleeping beneath the ground of Salem Center for centuries).[7]

Earth-TRN672

At the time of the Hyborian Age, Cthulu allegedly resided there.[8]

R'lyeh's name was invoked in incantations by the men of the sea worshipers of Dagon.[6]

Residents

Possibly the Thing from R'lyeh,[3] the Black Gods of R'Lyeh,[1] and Cthulhu.[2]

Notes

Trivia

  • R'lyeh was originally wrote with a "l" minuscule letter. In comics, it is unknown how it is written (due to bubble texts being written exclusively in capital letters), but in the Demons' entry of the Marvel Zombies Handbook #1, while mentioning the Black Gods of R'Lyeh, it is written "R'Lyeh", with a capital "L".

See Also


Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Savage Sword of Conan #176: The chant of a disciple of Dagon, "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Ctulhu R'lyeh wgah-ngal fhtaga!", can be translated by "In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Strange Tales Vol 2 #19
  4. Marvel Feature Vol 2 #7
  5. Savage Sword of Conan #52
  6. 6.0 6.1 Savage Sword of Conan #176
  7. Adventures of the X-Men #4
  8. Savage Sword of Conan #176: The chant of a disciple of Dagon, "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Ctulhu R'lyeh wgah-ngal fhtaga!", can be translated by "In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming"
  9. Cthulhu Mythos Trivia at Tv Tropes
  10. X-Men: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Magneto - 14. Magneto and the city of R'lyeh on ScreenRant
  11. The Uncanny X-Men #150 - Indexer Notes on GCD
  12. Claremont's "Tempest": X-Men 147-150 on Doctor Comics
  13. Entry 005 – Magik on XavierFiles
  14. Uncanny X-Men #148 - Comment posted by Luke Blanchard (on April 4, 2016) on SuperMegaMonkey's Marvel Comics Chronology
  15. Namor: The First Mutant #3
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