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Ulthar is both a fictional town and a fictional deity. The town of Ulthar is part of H. P. Lovecraft's Dream Cycle, appearing in such stories as The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath (1926), "The Cats of Ulthar" (1920) and "The Other Gods" (1933).

The town is also used by a number of other writers. It is the starting point for The Dream Quest of Vellit Boe, a 2016 novel by Kij Johnson which makes significant use of Lovecraft's Dream Cycle and a central place in Karl Jonsson's graphic novel Mara från Ulthar[1].


Ulthar is located "beyond the River Skai" and its most significant law is that "no man may kill a cat", a statute instituted because of the horrific vengeance visited upon the last people to do so. Cats in Ulthar are intelligent and can communicate with humans that speak their tongue. The modest Temple of the Elder Ones is found in Ulthar and, at the time of Randolph Carter’s visit, its patriarch was Atal, one time companion of Barzai the Wise, "who wisely advised the burgesses of Ulthar" in their passing of the law against the killing of cats. According to the zoogs (small, brown, elfin creatures) of the Enchanted Wood, a copy of the Pnakotic Manuscripts is located in this temple.

The description of the town inThe Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, where it is a significant town, and "The Cats of Ulthar" and "The Other Gods", where it is smaller.[2]


Ulthar (or Uldar) is a deity mentioned in the (fictional) Sussex Manuscript. He is the son of Sothoth and was sent to Earth to keep watch over the Great Old Ones.[3]


  • Lovecraft, Howard P. (1986) [1926]. "The Cats of Ulthar". In S. T. Joshi. Dagon and Other Macabre Tales (9th corrected printing ed.). Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. ISBN 0-87054-039-4. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png Definitive version.
  • Lovecraft, Howard P. (1985) [1920]. "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath". In S. T. Joshi. At the Mountains of Madness and Other Novels (7th corrected printing ed.). Sauk City, WI: Arkham House. ISBN 0-87054-038-6. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png Definitive version.
  • Harms, Daniel (1998). The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana (2nd ed.). Oakland, CA: Chaosium. ISBN 1-56882-119-0. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Johnson, Kij (2016). The Dream Quest of Vellit Boe. St Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0765391414. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png


  1. Nilsson, Tobias (27 March 2010). "En lånad värld fylld av äventyr". Hallandsposten.
  2. "The Impact of the Eldritch City: Classical and Alien Urbanism in H.P. Lovecraft's Mythos". The International Review of Science Fiction (131): 29–42.
  3. Harms, "Ulthar", The Encyclopedia Cthulhiana, pp. 308–9.

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