Werewolf Timeline

1550 BC – King Lycaon of Arcadia serves human flesh to the god Zeus and is transformed into a wolf as punishment. The term “Lycanthrope” is derived from this story.

440 BC – In “Histories of Herodotus“, the traveller Herodotus of Halicarnassus (484 BC – 425 BC) writes of the Neuri people, who transform into wolves once a year.

400 BC – A victorious Olympic boxer by the name of Damarchus, an Arcadian of Parrhasia, is said to have transformed into that of a wolf at the sacrifice of Lycaean (Wolf) Zeus, and nine years after he became a man again.

37 BC – Roman poet Virgil (70 BC – 19 BC), in the “Eclogues”, tells of the change of Moeris to the form of a wolf by the use of herbs.

2 BC – 8 AD – Roman poet Ovid (43 BC – 17 AD) writes “Metamorphoses” including a verse about Lycaon, who is transformed into a wolf by the god Zeus.

60 – “Satyricon“, by Roman writer Petronius (27-66 AD), contains a detailed account of a soldier who is a werewolf.

432  – St. Patrick arrives in Ireland

970 – A man named Baianus is believed to be able to turn himself into a wolf through the arts of necromancy.

1020 – First use of the word “werewulf” recorded in English

1101 – Death of Vseslav Bryachislavich, the most famous ruler of Polotsk, believed by many to be a werewolf.

1182 – Welsh historian Giraldus Cambrensis (1146 – 1223) encounters Irish werewolves who transform during the Yuletide feast. The werewolves were reportedly natives of Ossory, whose people had been cursed by St. Natalis for their wickedness.

1194-1197 – Guillaume de Palerne composed.

1198 – Marie de France composes Bisclavret.

1250 – Lai de Melion composed.

1502? 1521? – The three werewolves of Poligny, Pierre Bourgot, Michel Verdung (or Udon), and Philibert Mentot are burnt at the stake being werewolves.

1541 – In Pavia, Italy, a farmer in the form of a wolf is said to have torn many men in the open country to pieces. After being captured, he assures his captors that the only difference between himself and a natural wolf, was that in a true wolf the hair grew outward, whilst in him it struck inward. In order to put this assertion to the proof, the magistrates cut off his arms and legs, and he dies from wounds.

1555 – Olaus Magnus records strange behavior of Baltic werewolves.

1573 – Gilles Garnier, the Werewolf of Dole, is burnt at the stake.

1578 – Jacques Rollet goes on trial in Paris. He was found guilty of being a werewolf.

1588 – The Werewolf of Auvergne is burned at the stake.

1589 – Peter Stubb is executed in Germany after terrorizing the countryside near Cologne in the form of a wolf.

1590 – Michel Jaques confesses to becoming a wolf seven or eight times after anointing himself with an unguent given to him by the devil.

1598 – The “Werewolf of Châlons“, known also as the “Demon Tailor”, was arraigned in France on December 14, on murder charges.

1598 – The same year, the Gandillon family, a sister, brother and two of the man’s children were tried together in France.

1598 – Jacques Roulet, a begger, is arrested in Caude in the vicinity of Angers, France for being a werewolf.

1602 – Michée Bauloz, along with Jeanne de la Pierre and Suzanne Prevost are condemned.

1603 – Teenage Jean Grenier tried as werewolf and is sentenced to life imprisonment.

1623 – There are a series of court trials in which eighteen men and thirteen women are tried for lycanthropy.

1692 – An 80-year-old man named Thiess is tried in Jurgenburg, Livonia. He confesses to being a werewolf.  Judges sentence Thiess to ten lashes for acts of idolatry and superstitious beliefs.

1764 – 1767 – The Beast of Gévaudan terrorizes the former province of Gévaudan, in the Margeride Mountains in south-central France. There were over 100 victims.

1812 – Grimm Brothers publish their version of “Little Red Riding Hood.”

1824 – Antoine Leger tried for werewolf crimes and sentenced to lunatic asylum.

1852 – Traveling vendor Manuel Blanco Romasanta confesses to the murders of thirteen people. Romasanta was tried in Allariz and eluded capital punishment by professing he was a werewolf.

1865 – “The Book of Were-Wolves” is written by the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould. Still considered one of the leading books on werewolf history.

1920 – Right-wing terror group “Operation Werewolf” established in Germany.

1933 – British Occult writer and clergyman Montague Summers publishes “The Werewolf.” He is still known today for his ridiculous writings on witches, vampires, and werewolves.

1941 – The film “The Wolf Man” starring Lon Chaney Jr. is released.

1948 – Robert Eisler delivers his lecture “Man into Wolf: An Anthropological Interpretation of Sadism, Masochism, and Lycanthropy” to the Psychiatric Section of the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England.

1981 – The film “An American Werewolf in London” is released and includes first four-footed werewolf.

1989 – The first sighting of the beast of Bray Road.

105 comments

        1. so if your nae is white wolf r u really a werewolf amd if you r can u tell me what it is like being and can you shom me

    1. Same!!! (sorry if I already replied but I don’t know if it sent) Though I would never take the hand of the devil. I would still love to be a WEREWOLF and not some vampire.

  1. Even the most religeous man
    may cast away his beads
    and take the devils dirty hand
    to follow where he leads.
    for it is said when the wolfsbane blooms
    and the full moon is in the sky
    that the werewolf’s curse of doom
    might enter the most gentle eye.
    Bob Mitchum

  2. You would have to be part native .Indians called them shapeshifters and u are’nt half man or wolf you become one or the other i’m part cherokee and iv’e looked into old indian legends where i live theres a legend of the dogman mostly seen around indian sacred grounds. Hollywood is all wrong dont belive the movies you would not walk upright all the time or go around killing people constintly.
    And over the years people have made what indians called a beutaful protector
    into a monster in the movies. I do belive they walk among us .

  3. I would like to add to timeline slightly.

    1550 BC – King Lycaon of Arcadia serves human flesh to the god Zeus and is transformed into a wolf as punishment. The term “Lycanthrope” is derived from this story. Lycaon takes advantage of his wolf side and murders even more people. So the Gods make a beast in the form of a human to battle Lycaon – the world’s first vampire. Lycaon slaughters the vampire, but not before it has bitten more humans. And so the vampires are born and an eternal battle commences

  4. I seen one once in Wisconsin with 2 other kids I met at a campground. We were fishing on a dock at a lake not far from the Dells. It was around midnight and we were supposed to be in our cabins but we snuck out to go night fishing. I remember, It came out from the woods and stood near the dock like it was thinking about coming up the dock after us. We all jumped in a boat and freaked out making noise. it ran back into the woods but on all fours. It was standing before it took off. It looked like a giant white wolf. I wish I could remember who the other kids were we all seen it. We stayed in that boat until daylight and never told our parents. We were actully laughing about it by morning but we were really scared.

    1. A dont believe in what u see because at night ur mind messes with u trust me i thought i saw the same thing but i didnt run

  5. i think 1 person had d really good point, up there about American Indians that live out there, & besides u can’t really belive everything that, hollwood say that there cause it might or might not 2 true.

  6. This was actually really cool…. I’ve been having weird meat cravings and I usually eat mostly fruits and vegetables ….. Wondering what’s happening? Any thing u guys know?

  7. I’m an arawak, one of the 9 tribes that survived the great migration, i live in south america now and werewolves are very real, but i think our tribe takes it to a new level cause we can shape shift into anything, but we prefer more tropical animals like jaguars, don’t know about all your history but i know werewolves are real.

    1. Hi luna i’m stefan and im really intrested knowing the truth about werewolves i did a lot of research but now i need to talk to someone who knows something abot this here is my email ID pls contact me z.mirza@ymail.com

  8. And yes werewolves are real along with werecats, etc. I am seeking the four: wolves, jacguar and leopard so email me if you have any knowledge.

  9. because what the one guy said that you have to be part indian to be able to do that kind of shapeshifting into a wolf there is a legend called the scinwalker and it seems very real to me nothing fake about it if anything its a really old folklore.

  10. So I’ve been having this dreams about werewolf’s I have never really worried about them or even payed attention to the when I woke up but it’s been 4 years since I started having them and they just don’t stop they not all the same but the most common one is this one.
    Im running in the dark woods I look back and I see a boy with golden eyes I look back front and I keep on running I look back again and see the boy turn into a big, black werewolf I look front and I fall I turn on my back and the wolf jumps on top of me, he transforms back to a human but I can see his face I only know he has golden eyes and black hair. Can someone please help me I’ve been dreaming about this same werewolf for
    4 years and he is the same exact boy.

  11. I am fascinated by werewolves, wolves, love the moon and have Native American blood within my family tree. Could I be missing something? I believe werewolves are real, along with some other creatures. I have multiple dreams about werewolves and an Alpha, but I can not see him clearly, just feel his presence. Is there something I should be researching or just keep going with the flow?

  12. i read nothing but werewolf novels and werewolf history…..I WANT NOTHING MORE THAN TO BE A WEREWOLF.! i wish i could find out if they’re truly real or not.

  13. well im am just fascinated with the creature and want to be on but im scared cause wat if being a wolf means being evil like devil worshiper

  14. werewolves are creatures taken from the native american folklore stories of skinwalkers and other legends/myths from around the world. hollywood just took the idea and changed them to something for their own advantage to become rich

  15. In Brazil, my mother used to tell me this story about werewolf. My grandfather used to have a farm and one early morning of full moon he heard the dogs cry with fear. My mother woke up with the noise and went to the window to check it out. My grandfather told her that there was a werewolf in the backyard. The werewolf was eating the pork feed (disgusting stuff) in the pork shack. Then my grandad opened the window and spoke out loud, “Come back for the salt later!” The werewolf looked at him and ran away. Later that morning a child knocked at the door. He told my grandad that his father told him to pass by and pick up the salt. The child was the neighbor’s son. Then my mother asked him how his dad was feeling. He told her that his dad wasn’t feeling well and that he was throwing up all morning. My mother saw him later that day and noticed that his skin was pale with a yellowish color.

    I don’t know if this story is true but my grandfather confirmed. He told me that this werewolf problem usually happened to people who weren’t baptised.
    My mother tried to describe the creature. She told me that it was a furry doglike creature, with the size of a normal man.
    Another thing, my grandfather told him to come get the salt later to find out who he really was. No idea how he knew it would work.

  16. Okay here is something not much but something when u have it again look at it closely like u are going to stare it down when it transform sticl your head up and let it do what it needs to do but chances are he wants some friend to play with its like tag think of it that way

  17. you guy’s really sound like you know what your talking about and I respect that I do believe In werewolves and all other supernatural’s and I think you guy’s bringing to the attention of human’s is a good thing

  18. This is going to help me right my books I came up with that is about Werewolves. Find me on Facebook to get an update on when it will be released. But thank you to whoever made this, I can really use this as a way to use my storyline.

  19. Maybe this doesn’t exactly relate to the timeline above, but where would Valentine’s Day have been put on here? I mean, I know that it’s not completely all werewolf and all that, but I am curious.

  20. Why did they stop at the year 1989? I mean more werewolf sightings have been seen since then they can add all of that in!

  21. im new here, and I was wondering were general posts are supposed to be sent.
    Typical first message I no, but I would give anything to be a werewolf, I have wanted that for over 6 years. To prove my devotion, I have studied for 8 years about and on the topic of wolves and werewolves of various subspecies.

  22. I’ll put this myth to bed for the entire community I am a werewolf they exist, but biting and or anyother form changing someone into a wolf do not. If you are not born one you will not become one I am sorry to break it to you.

    1. Would you be willing to have an interview with me about being a werewolf? I won’t use your name in the book I am writing if that is what you choose, just wanting well rounded research on the subject.

    2. There are different types of werewolves in the world, Some can only be werewolf if they are born as you said some turn by different methods not always biting .

  23. I’m a witch, I use aconite (aka. “Wolfsbane” as a key ingredient I’m my spells to kill werewolves, just letting other witches know that the death spell on a werewolf is more potent when using aconite.

  24. I’ve been searching to become a werewolf for the last 6 years. Tried a lot of different things, if anyone knows any legit way of becoming one, let me know. And kids don’t say you’re a werewolf.. It’s a lie, that’s thrown around way too much. Seeing is believing. Before you make an outrageous claim, prove it.

    My email is codygarde@live.com

  25. What about Enkidu from the Saga/Epic of Gilgamesh? Though it doesn’t explicitly call him a werewolf, if you the description, and between the lines, he’s a type of lycanthrope. The Epic of Gilgamesh goes back about 3,000 B.C.

  26. ATTN: I am doing a study about werewolf origins, culture, and those that believe they are werewolves/lycanthropes/shapeshifters. It is for a book that I am writing and I am wondering if anyone is interested in telling their story and having an online interview, it will be completely anonymous if you wish, and you don’t have to divulge any ‘secrets’ if you don’t want to. Please feel free to respond or email me at aesipendra@gmail.com

  27. Don’t forget that the bible hints at werewolves by stating that one of Jacob’s 12 sons would protect his lands as a wolf and devour his enemies. (In a seriously abridged version mind you.)

  28. I’m a new user and i’ve always had a passion for supernatural beings .. I’m 14 yrs old.
    When I was in 5th grade in a small town called Sweetwater in Tennessee (I now live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee I spent the night at my friend’s house … she wanted to practice softball with me so we went outside .. we practiced a little bit and she went inside to get a drink or something .. her little sister came and outside and said hey do you want to scare Alex (her big sister/my friend) and I said sure .. her little sister told me to pretend to be mad at her then bite her .. so when she came back outside I ran at her and bit the backside of her neck … I DIDN’T EVEN BITE HER WITH MY TEETH !! so I thought …. as I try to remember I think I did bite her with my teeth… but the next day at school she told me my eyes turned all the way black and after I left her house that her neck started to bleed.. idk if this is true
    I’ve always wanted to be a werewolf … can someone help me please email me @ harrisdestiny42@gmail.com … kik me @ babyy.tiny. …… instagram @x.desii.o … text me (615)807-6377

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