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Maturin was The Turtle and one of the twelve Guardians of the Beams that held up the Dark Tower. Maturin guarded one end of the Beam that was guarded on the other end by Shardik.

Biography

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A Turtle of massive size with an ancient appearance, Maturin existed long before the creation of the mainstream universe in Stephen King's novels. By nature, Maturin was kind, wise, loving, gentle, compassionate, benevolent, and had a very grandfather-like demeanor when he spoke to humans. Maturin was said to be constantly withdrawn into his shell, sleeping and rarely ever coming out for anything. One of the occasions that Maturin did come out of his shell was when he had a stomachache which caused him to vomit out the mainstream universe, after which he promptly retreated back into his shell. Because of that, It (a creature that existed in the void within the Macroverse and was an adversary of Maturin, described by the latter as his "brother") considered the Turtle to be old, lazy, and stupid. However, given his vast amount of wisdom, power, and the aid, Maturin provided to those in need of it, It's perceptions of him seemed to be false.

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In It, Maturin seemed to serve largely as a spectator to the events that unfolded in the battle between It and the Losers' Club. Maturin only involved himself and advised the young Bill Denbrough during the Ritual of Chüd in 1958, while Gan provided the Losers with most of their strength.

In the Novel

When the Losers faced It once again as adults 27 years later, It told Bill that Maturin was dead: he had choked to death on a galaxy or two. When the Ritual of Chud started again in 1985, Bill was able to see that It did not lie.

Allusions

The name Maturin itself was a reference to Stephen Maturin, a naturalist from the Aubrey–Maturin series of novels, that were written by Patrick O'Brian.  Maturin discovered a new species of tortoise which he subsequently named Testudo aubreii after his friend Jack Aubrey. Turtles are important symbols within Indigenous cultures; the world being carried on the back of a turtle and the creature is an icon of life a contrast to IT, being a representative of death. The symbol of the turtle is also a marker of identity, autonomy, culture and deep respect for the environment. Additionally, the concept of the turtle carrying the world is spread across many Indigenous cultures and there are varied oral traditions called Turtle Island which represent the creation of North America. Basically, the world was flooded to wipe out the evil, and some animals including a loon, muskrat, and the turtle had survived. Many of the animals attempted to bring soil from beneath the water, with only the muskrat succeeding (although sadly losing its life in the process). The soil was then spread on the turtle's back creating the land as we know it. From these stories, the turtle is considered the centre of creation, much like Maturin is in Stephen King's book.  Additionally, the concept of the turtle carrying the world is spread across many Indigenous cultures and there are varied oral traditions called Turtle Island which represent the creation of North America. Basically, the world was flooded to wipe out the evil, and some animals including a loon, muskrat, and the turtle had survived. Many of the animals attempted to bring soil from beneath the water, with only the muskrat succeeding (although sadly losing its life in the process). The soil was then spread on the turtle's back creating the land as we know it. From these stories, the turtle is considered the centre of creation, much like Maturin is in Stephen King's book. 

IT (2017) and IT Chapter 2 (2019)

While Maturin does not make an appearance in either of the movies, there are allusions/nods to his existence in the films:

It (2017)

  • Beverly has a turtle sticker on one of her school books
  • Before Bill encounters IT in his flooded basement, he goes into Georgie's room and picks up a Lego turtle
  • When the kids are swimming in the quarry, they argue and attempt to look for a turtle under the water.


IT Chapter 2 (2019)

Gallery

Appearances

Sources

https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/turtle-island 

https://www.inverse.com/article/59081-it-chapter-2-maturin-easter-egg-spoilers-ending#:~:text=%E2%80%9CMaturin%20is%20actually%20what%20we,'It%3A%20Chapter%20Two'.

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