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This subject contains information from the "Lovecraft Circle" Myth Cycles, and while guided by HPL are not based on his work alone. This subject contains information from the Expanded Cthulhu Mythos, and not based on H.P. Lovecraft's works directly. Dr. Henry Armitage is a character created by H. P. Lovecraft for his short story The Dunwich Horror. He has since made numerous appearances throughout the Cthulhu Mythos.


Armitage was the head librarian at Miskatonic University who retired around 1936 due to failing health. As a young man, he graduated from Miskatonic in 1881 and went on to obtain his doctorate from Princeton University and his Doctor of Letters degree at Johns Hopkins University. He became interested in the occult in 1882 after hearing of a strange meteorite that fell to Earth near Arkham, this event prompting him to read Miskatonic's copy of the Necronomicon. Years later, and with the help of professors Warren Rice and Francis Morgan, Armitage used this work to defeat the Dunwich Horror. (HPL: "The Dunwich Horror")

Armitage assisted Dr. Carolyn Fern in her research on the Mi-go and Feeders from Within, before giving the three protagonists shelter at the house of his friend, Professor Albert Wilmarth. (EXP: Feeders from Within)

According to one account, Armitage is Lovecraft's literary equivalent of Hank Wantage, the librarian of St. Anselm's College, based of Robert Black's Commonplace Book. (EXP: Providence)


Conflicting accounts are given for Armitage's demise. In one account, he was killed in 1939 by a fire in the library when he tried to save Miskatonic's Rare Book collection. In another account, he died of a heart attack outside the library in 1946 after being frightened by a guard dog. Before his death, Armitage published two books on the occult: Notes toward a Bibliography of World Occultism, Mysticism, and Magic (Miskatonic University Press, 1927) and Devils and Demons in the Miskatonic Valley.

Behind the Mythos[]

Lovecraft noted that while writing "The Dunwich Horror", "[I] found myself identifying with one of the characters (an aged scholar who finally combats the menace) toward the end". (HPL: letter to August Derleth, September 1928; EXP: An H. P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia).