The Werewolf, also known as a Lycanthrope is an ancient legend that came from many locations, all over the world with many different beliefs and story. Currently there is no proof of what a Werewolf looks and behaves like or if it even exists, like many legends.
The Werewolf is supposed to be a mythological or folkloric human who, is under a curse or by magic, has the ability to shapeshift into a wolf or an anthropomorphic wolf-like creature under a full moon. The Werewolf is at the mercy of the full moon. Though this is not always the case.
Some people say they are Werewolves, but most cases lead up to drug related issues or food poisoning.. Although it is possible to 'mind shift', as show below. Werewolves are popular since the 18th century, in the Old English.
Werewolves have become widespread icons and famous topics of fiction.
Some legends say that the Werewolf is a person under their or no control others say that they are a sibling of the devil. During early times many people were killed and executed
because of being accused of being a Werewolf.
Some tribes actually thought they could turn into any animal they wanted by putting on the skin of the animal they wanted. These people were known as Skin-Walkers or Berserkers. They could be classed a Werewolf, if using a wolf skin. They were thought to have that animals attributes (strength, feelings and personality) instead of their own.
The Beast Of Gévaudan was a man-eating wolf that plagued the town of its namesake. It was said to have claws, massive teeth and reddish fur and an unbearable odor. The Beast was killed by Antoine De Beauterne. Some legends say it was Werewolf.
Word Origin Edit
The word Werewolf is most likely to have come from the Old English words wer (or were) and wulf. Wer translates into modern English as man (the gender meaning not race) and wulf is the ancestor to the modern English word wolf.
Other sources state that the word came from the word warg-wolf. The word warg is old norse for meaning outlaw or wolf and the wolf part is obviously modern English word wolf. (source citation needed)
Modern Fiction Edit
The werewolf legend is mentioned in a lot of modern stories:
- Silver Wolf
- The Werewolf's Vengeance
- The Night Of The Werewolf
- Twilight Saga
- Teen Wolf
- Hemlock Grove
- The Vampire Diaries
- The Wolfman
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Howling
- Underworld Series
- Van Helsing