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This article is about the word Eldritch. For other uses, see Eldritch (disambiguation).

Eldritch is an Old English derived word used to describe that which is otherworldly, often by being weird, ghostly, or uncanny. The Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue also associates the word with elven things, but that connection has been shown to be a misuse or appropriation.[1] The word was often used in Scottish poetry and literature from the 1600s.[2] In the 1900s, the word became more widely used in English after gaining popularity in books by H. P. Lovecraft and C. S. Lewis.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Hall, Alaric (2007). "The Etymology and Meanings of Eldritch" (PDF). University of Leeds. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  2. ^ Scott, Maggie. "Scots Word of the Season: Eldritch". The Bottle Imp. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  3. ^ Ruth (2011-02-23). "Wordcount for Lovecraft's Favorite Words". The Arkham Archivist. Retrieved 2016-02-08.