The creator of the universe in the world of It. Bill Denbrough encounters the Turtle when the Losers’ Club goes to kill It in It's lair. The Turtle is “a large presence” that does not inspire fear but “a sense of overmastering awe.” Its shell is “plated with many blazing colors” and the Turtle’s eyes are “kind.” The Turtle introduces itself to Bill and apologizes for creating It, which came to life, along with the universe, as the result of “a bellyache.” Though Bill begs the Turtle for help, it insists that it “[takes] no stand in these matters.” The Turtle is symbolic of the indifference of the universe, which leaves mortals to fight against evil independently. The only advice that the Turtle gives Bill is to recite the speech that he learned to control his stutter. This tactic will give him a sense of control over It. The Turtle makes several appearances in the novel. The Turtle's image first appears when George Denbrough goes into his dark basement to get some paraffin wax for the paper boat that Bill constructs for him. He sees “an old flat can of Turtle wax” that he stares at “with a kind of hypnotic wonder.” George has a sense of having seen the image before. On the same day, Bill, who is sick with the flu, sleeps and has a dream about a turtle or “some funny little animal.” When Eddie is beaten up by Henry Bowers, he sees a chalk drawing on a hopscotch grid that starts to look like a turtle. The Turtle is It's enemy. It regards the Turtle as “a stupid old thing that never [comes] out of its shell.” It has believed the Turtle to have been dead for a billion years, and It later lies to Bill about killing the Turtle.
The Turtle Character Timeline in It
The timeline below shows where the character The Turtle appears in It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: After the Flood
Derry: The First Interlude
Chapter 11: Walking Tours
Chapter 19: In the Watches of the Night
Chapter 21: Under the City
Chapter 22: The Ritual of Chüd