“He rushed toward it and saw it was a great turtle, it’s shell ablaze with many colours, it’s ancient reptilian head slowly poked out of its shell…the eyes of the turtle were kind. Bill thought it must be the oldest thing anyone could imagine”
— A line from It

Maturin is one of the guardians of the Beams that support the Dark Tower. His physical form in Mid-World is presumably a cyborg like Shardik. It is hinted that this Beam is personified in the character of Stephen King. In actuality the turtle’s true form is much more grand and powerful. There is evidence of this in several occasions when it has come to aid warriors of The White.

In the Dark Tower story it gives power in the form of the magic object that is left for the Ka-tet known as the Skoldpadda, which has the power to blind and entrance enemies.

The Turtle is said to have vomited out our Universe when it had a stomach ache. IT thought that the Old Turtle Enemy of his died after this little act.

He bears a resemblance to the World Turtle of Hindu myth. He also has a grandfather-like voice and is shown to be a kind and loving at times.

The Poem

The poem written about Maturin is featured prominently within the series. Only the first two lines are mentioned frequently.

“See the Turtle of Enormous Girth”
“On his shell he holds the Earth.”
“His thought is slow, but always kind.”
“He holds us all within his mind.”
“On his back all vows are made;”
“He sees the truth but mayn’t aid.”
“He loves the land and loves the sea,”
“And even loves a child like me.”

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