Bark at the Moon
In the era of the Vikings, in Norse mythology there were warriors who wore wolf pelts called berserkers, turns out the word means Bear Skin or Bare Skin) that sound as though they were shapeshifters. They worked themselves up so much before a fight, it is said they actually turned into the animal.
The World’s first historian, Herodotus living in Greece in the 5th century traveled the known world learning first hand about the people he met. His book ‘The Histories’ (originally written on papyrus scrolls) records him learning of the tribes that lived around the Black Sea, and of the Neuri he says “each of them changes themselves once a year into a wolf in which he remains for a few days before changing back into his human self.
Prehistoric cave paitings show people dressed as wolves. Doning wolf heads and pelts, to capture the spirit of the creature. Transforamtion is said to permit men the Vigor, Cunning, & hunting dexterity of the Wolf (or whatever attributes that you see in the animal)
I know he’s not a werewolf (were fox maybe) but I loved this image
The Hounds of God
Those that men call Werewolves or Lycanthropes call themselves the Hounds of God, as they claim their transformation is a gift from the creator, and they repay the gift with their tenacity, for they will pursue an evildoer to the very gates of Hell.
-The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
What is a werewolf?
Since 1913 when ‘The Werewolf’ Motion picture was first etablished in the film industry there have been 100s more made
1. a Human Transformation into a wolf
2. Clinically more modern use of the word is in reference to a mental illness called lycanthropy in which a patient believes he or she is, or has transformed into, an animal and behaves accordingly. This is sometimes referred to as clinical lycanthropy to distinguish it from its use in legends.
(wait…I thought the ‘Clinical’ meaning) was someone that grew too much hair (or too fast)
Lycanthropy is the transformation of a human into the form of a wolf, & takes place by magic to satisfy the taste for human flesh or by the desire of the gods as punishment for wrong doing.
Werewolves are men who change into wolf form, however it is not unknown among women and children. (Usually a metaphor for puberty and the onset starts around the time) You move around like the animal however, you supposedly are able to retain your human reasoning.
If you are harmed as a wolf, then you bring that injury back with you to the human form.
One of the ways you are suppose to determine if someone is werewolf, is that they have a pentagram in their palm, or hairy palms.
Normally the ability to change yourself into a werewolf is hereditary, bitten by a werewolf or a ‘talent you can learn’
Some legends say that if you intentionally transform you must hide your clothes carefully because without them, you can not turn back to your human form.
also there’s plenty superstitions abound on how you can become one OTHER than being bitten or a spell. If you are murdered, the son of a priest, eat a wolf, drink from haunted water or from a wolfs paw print, if you are born on Christmas Eve, conceived under a new moon, or sleep at night in the open with moonshine on your face.
Fenrir Fridolph Luna Lucid Lucius
Rolo Saris Selyna Ulrika Ulrik Wolfe
Silverthorn Greywolf Dire
The Wolfman (1941)
I wish they would show these movies on Syfy channel again I think they did every October when I first got the channel.
‘You know you’re a werewolf when’
Gut wrenching pain in all your bones as they and your organs undergo the transition from Human to animal and your perceptual awareness changes.
-Your tongue gets dry and you get thirsty
-Have an abnormal fear of water (akin to a rabid dog)
-You have a unibrow,
-your nails grow abnormally fast & long.
The Alpha of ALL alphas
(or at least called so in the Alpha & Omega book series)
a group is called a pack
Are you a werewolf?
Becoming a werewolf
hair in the palm or a pentagram in the palm
(birth mark that looks like a crescent moon or pentagram)
- different visual capabilities,
- sharper hearing and a
- better sense of smell.
- faster than most humans
True life & Fiction TYPES of (were)wolves
Dire (from Game of Thrones)
*denotes types I thought of
(if writing a story you can use these as types and yes If I know of one from a movie or tv show I will post it)
Ways to turn into a werewolf
Of course either being bitten nor scratched by one there was a way to choose it.
Drink the water from a wolf track.
MAGIC SALVEs were sometimes used by humans to transform into wolves and rubbed over the body One ‘receipe’ included
Fat from disinterred children, hemlock, aconite,poplar leaves, soot or cowsbane (not wolfsbane!?) sweet flag, cinquefoil, bat’s blood,deadly nightshade & oil. Some also included Booiled Wolfsbane, opium, Foxgloves & bat blood
However the salve alone was not enough, you woud have to also speak incantations (tho’ the above & following are not the ones that were used together.)
“I __(insert name)____ offer to thee, Great spirit of the unknown, this night of (date) My body my soul, on condition that thou grantest me, from this night to the hour of my death, the power of metamorphosing, nocturnally, into a wolf. I beg, I pray, I implore thee -Thee, unparalleled Phantom of Darkness, to make me a werewolf, a werewolf!”
“Come, Oh come!””Tis night! Tis night! and the moon shines white over pine and snow capped hil. The shadows stray through burn and brae and dance in the sparkling rill.
Tis Night! Tis Night! and the devils light casts glimmering beams around. The maras dance, the nisses prance on the flower enameled ground. Tis Night! Tis Night! and the werewolf’s might makes man and nature shiver, yet its feirce grey head and stealthy tread are nought to thee, Oh river!
River, River, River Oh water strong, that swirls along i prithee a werewolf make me. Of all things dear, my soul, I swear, In death shall not forsake thee.
Werewolf the Apocalypse RPG
Battle for Alpha Supremacy
This was a video which I guess sadly was taken down. I am trying to figure out how to do this. If I want to as a poll for favorite or list all the Werewolf characters I can think of and figure out who would win in a fight between them all.