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From Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness," Shoggoths might be his most famous and popular creation after Cthulhu, yet I very rarely see them illustrated with the luminous green eyes he described. From the same story comes one of his more underrated creatures, the giant albino subterranean penguin!


For those who haven't read the story, one of the most notable characteristics of the Shoggoth is their repetitive shrieking of "TEKELI-LI!" - a phrase from the language of their extinct masters, the elder things. We're never told what this phrase means, and the Shoggoths don't actually know either; they parrot it mindlessly.
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NXTangl Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015
The Unspeakable Vault of Doom (tm) posits that the phrase is: Soooo cool...
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dark-precipice Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nuuu! Run, unexpectedly cute blind albino penguin, run! :ohnoes:
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Prophet-malum Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Writer
Tekeli-li means ''white.''
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snowflake247 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Cute little penguin...

...and not-so-cute little shoggoth....
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NewAgeRetrovirus Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Shoggoths always struck me as being oddly charming creatures. :P Charming and very slimy. And yes, you even included one of the giant albino penguins!
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amusing fanart from one of my favorite stories. I feel bad for that poor penguin, though :XD:
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Honestly, i forgot about how the eyes were green. And I remember those stupid penguins.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The penguins might be my favorite Lovecraft idea, especially how hard he tried to make them sound repulsive.
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
That's precisely what made me laugh so hard when those penguins did show up.

Although now that you mention it they are a pretty cool idea.
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was always charmed by some of the things Lovecraft found creepy that nobody else does anymore :p
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Fowler7Xfan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Do you do stickers? I would love one for my art portfolio cover! Reading MoM right now X)
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I could add them sometime to zazzle!
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DarkmasterN Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Woah! How'd I miss this, they're my favorite! XP
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lanternjoe Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
The Shoggoths were created by the Elder Things.

They rebelled.

They evolved.

There are many copies.

And they have a plan.
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OttoVonSuds Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
It's so cute! ^_^
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InnsmouthFishwife Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
With your permission, I would love to include this piece in my new group ([link]). I am seeking out artists and stand alone pieces to present and bring into our gallery of oddities, and would love to have you aboard! Please do feel free to stop by for more details, and thank you very much for your time and consideration!
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! :)
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Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the pastel-like rendering of the eyes, and the contrast between them and the surrounding gloom.

"Shoggoth" is the name for some kind of space goat in Doctor Who, by the way.
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kecen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Frikkin' penguins are the best. If only there were real cave penguins. Look at that...the penguin is unphazed by the encounter.
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AT-9174 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Tekeli-li indeed, my firend. Tekeli-li indeed.
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AT-9174 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Friend, my mistake.
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Nighzmarquls Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of my favorites... shame about the movie :( stupid hollywood not liking it because it has no 'happy ending' or 'love interest' .

They made the THING!
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SaucyLobster Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
Guillermo Dl Toro is still very keen to get it done, he just has a very crowded schedule... apparently.

Still time anyway.
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Mr-Sarcasm Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010
@Nighzmarquls

In your opinion. Are there any good cthulhu movie avalible to buy or watch?

I came across one Cthulhu movie... But aparently, it didn't even have Cthulhu in it. :|
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Nighzmarquls Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there was actually a really good redo of call of cthulhu, its done in a silent movie style comparable to film in the thirties.

I was very pleased with it and thought it captured allot of the nuances from the short story.

also there are a few movies that have cthulhu things in it without really being a lovecraft story.

I've found that the written stuff and the art related to lovecraft's work tends to be more rewarding then any of the movies I've seen.
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grimtalon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY YOU INCLUDED THE PENGUIN
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Puffazoid Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Tekeli-li, tekeli-ly, tekeli-lo, tekeli-ahHAHAHAHAHAHA, tekeli-li.....

Awesome work as usual.
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Is this available online for reading? :3
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whalewithlegs Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
[link]

Long story is loooooong
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Thanks! I've been in need of a new piece of reading material. :)
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gsilverfish Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Run, little pengy! :(
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frozenverdugo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
LOVE
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TheMarcher Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Really nice. Think I have to read the books again soon =)
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OrzhovSlodier Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Ah, the long suffering penguins.
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IcyBowser Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
You can summon one of these guys in Scribblenauts!
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KashaPaw Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
Looove it!
Though, weren't the penguins eyeless? (Correct me if I'm wrong, been a few years.)
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
aw man, you're right D:

I'll have to fix this soon...
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