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Deadly Silver and Full Moons

You ask and I deliver! Over on our Facebook page I asked you, my fantastic werewolf fans, what you wanted me to write about and you replied that you want silver.  More specifically, you want to know what’s up with werewolves and silver. We all know the story about silver bullets being the only way…

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The Tale of Deucalion

In Season 3 of MTV’s Teen Wolf there is a character named Deucalion, a blind and cryptic alpha wolf with a very twisted past. Seeing this character’s name – Deucalion – got me thinking. Why did the show choose this name for the character, the self-proclaimed “Alpha of alphas?” The myth of Deucalion doesn’t seem…

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Beware the Wrath of Le Maître de Forêt

While reading one of my favorite werewolf books, I came across a wonderfully wicked tale involving not only wolves, but werewolves too. In certain parts of the world it was believed that werewolves, as well as natural wolves and other forest animals, were under the control by a powerful and inhuman being – a being…

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Werewolves of Ossory

We have written about the werewolves of Ossory before, but after discovering some new information we couldn’t resist writing about them again. There are several stories in particular that frame the majority of Irish folklore regarding werewolves. In Northern Ireland it is said that there were tribes of wolf-men living in the wild that ancient…

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Damarchus’ Nine Year Werewolf Curse

400~ B C, it is said that in ancient Greece, a boxer named Damarchus was transformed into a wolf for nine years before once again re-donning human form. There is little to be found regarding this part of werewolf history, yet what we do know about Damarchus can be found in Pausanias’ Description of Greece,…

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Legendary Irish Wolf Warriors

All throughout history you can find stories in nearly every country of men that transform into beasts, and ancient Ireland is no different. Ireland is home to stories of ancient warriors known as the Laignach Faelad, warriors that could change their form into that of a savage beast, such as a wolf. Just imagine it,…

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Finding Werewolves on ‘Destination Truth’

I just learned of this fantastic show called Destination Truth, which is a bit sad since, well, it’s currently in its fourth season. Bad me. Anyway, the show airs on SyFy and explores a wide variety of myths and legends around the world – from aliens to Bigfoot. But we wouldn’t be here if they…

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Is the Wodewose a Werewolf?

I have quite a few books on the history of werewolves (yaaaay books!) and some of these books mention a creature known as the wodewose (also known as the woodwose). The name refers to either a group of men or outlaws living in the forest, or to a mythical being that has existed deep in…

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Marching Werewolves

It is time again dear readers for another old Livonian werewolf legend. The story says that when Christmas day is over a boy who limps with one leg goes around town calling together all of the people who have yielded to the Evil One (and there’s a whole lot of them), bidding them to follow…

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Gilgamesh

Many have argued about what the very first werewolf story is – Gilgamesh or Niciros? I have written about Niciros in the past, so today dear readers, I’ll cover Gilgamesh and let you decide. The Epic of Gilgamesh comes from the second millennium BC and is one of the oldest known texts. It was originally…

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Asena the Wolf Child

Time to delve into the world of Turkic mythology dear readers. Do you remember the Roman myth of Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers raised by a she-wolf that built Rome? Well, today’s legend is a little like that one. Rome wasn’t the only created thanks to wolves, it’s said that a Turkish nation was…

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The Many Ways To Become A Werewolf

I bet many of you are wondering how someone is turned into a werewolf. We all know the most popular way which involves being bitten by another werewolf. But if you take a look at folklore, old customs and traditions throughout the world you’ll learn that there are several ways someone was believed to turn…

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A Norwegian Werewolf Legend

In Norway it was once believed that certain people could assume the form of a wolf or a bear. But, the ability to transform was usually a curse put on them by the Trollmen, or that it was the trolls themselves that were the shapeshifters. Here’s an old legend about trolls, werewolves and a curse….

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The Chindi

Many have claimed to have seen a werewolf before, but was it really a werewolf, or some other kind of shapeshifter – like the Chindi. The chindi is a Navajo shapeshifter that acts as a kind of avenging angel to those people that disrespect any of the Earth Mother’s creatures. According to Navajo artist David…

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Werewolves Love Beer and Flesh

Heya readers, remember a while back when I wrote about the crazy bishop Olaus Magnus? He was one of many men from the 1500s that considered themselves experts on the supernatural. Well, good news (sorta) I dug up even more of Olaus Magnus’ thoughts on werewolves, and they’re just as strange as his other theories…

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Are Rabies Responsible For Werewolf Myths?

A lot of our old folktales come from the fact that people in the Middle Ages didn’t have the scientific knowledge to logically explain certain medical conditions, so they assumed that it was simply magic. From their ignorance came forth many of the myths and folktales we know so well. But what about werewolves? Is…

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The Androscoggin County Werewolf?

Most werewolf folktales are from centuries ago, long before they had the knowledge we have now to explain strange occurrences. Yet even now in our time of science and logic some continue to believe in the weird and paranormal, which we saw a few years back in Turner, Maine. In 2006 a mysterious creature was…

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The Annoying Böxenwolf

Werewolf folklore time! Woooo! So, in Germany in the region between the Diester River and the Weser River they tell a tale about the odd böxenwolf, a werewolf that’s more of a pain in the ass than a deadly fearful monster. The böxenwolf liked to spend its nights preying upon weary travelers, but he didn’t…

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The Harz Mountain Werewolf

Today dear readers, I bring you yet another old werewolf folktale. Like most werewolf legends, this one contains grisly deaths, gore and an unhappy ending. Once upon a time, Count van Breber and his beloved countess Hilda were vacationing in the Harz Mountains in Germany. One evening they stopped at an inn, and, while chatting…

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The Werewolves of Wales

Records of a giant wolf-like creature in North Wales date back to 1790, when a stagecoach traveling between Denbigh and Wrexham was attacked and overturned by a big black beast that was said to be as long as the coach horses. This werewolf pounced on and savagely ripped apart one of the horses, the other…

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The Tale of Werewolf Rock

According to local legends, outside of the village of Eggerstedt, Germany lived a mysterious figure known simply as “the Old Man.” This man would appear from the Brandsleber Forest and offer to perform tasks for the villagers, such as watching over their flocks of sheep. One day the Old Man herded sheep for a shepherd…

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The Devil’s Promise

Gather ‘round boys and gals, I have a story for you. It was once believed that to become a werewolf you needed something known as a wolf-strap. Anyone that fastened this wolf-strap around their waist would instantly turn into a wolf. But if someone were to call out the name of the person that had…

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Ancient Norse Werewolves

There is an ancient tale that tells of two Icelandic men, a tale that was told throughout the Middle Ages. This story of course involves some fearsome werewolves – because really, are there any stories better than those? This tale tells of two men, Sigmund and Sinfjotli. One day these two are wandering through a…

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The Vilkacis

Time again for another wonderful werewolf myth. Woo! This time we’re traveling to a land of rich history, beautiful lakes and dark forests – Lithuania. The vilkacis, which literally means “wolf eyes” is a werewolf that comes from Lithuanian mythology. The vilkacis is a regular human that has the ability to shapeshift into a wolf,…

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St. Patrick’s Werewolves

Before I tell you the tale of St. Patrick and the werewolves of Ireland I need you to clear your mind of St. Patrick’s Day parties, clovers, green glitter and beer. Good, now we can begin. According to legend, St. Patrick once punished the Welsh king Vereticus by transforming him into a wolf. While St….

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