12 Aug 2011

AN EDUCATION INTO WEREWOLVES

Funny the things we learn from films and books.

Take werewolves ....... I always thought a werewolf was a werewolf was a werewolf, you know the stereotype, changed at the full moon and could only be killed by a silver bullet.

OK, so reading the True Blood series of books educated me in that I discovered werewolves (and other were-creatures)could actually change at other times, it didn't have to be at the time of a full moon. 

But it has taken my latest read, FOOL MOON by Jim Butcher to further my education even further.

Did you, for example, know .......

There are in fact different kinds of werewolves who are usually defined by how they get from human form to wolf form.

  • Werwolves. Technically speaking a werewolf is a theriomorph? A what? A theriomorph - anything that shapeshifts from a human being into animal form. The classic werewolf simply being a human  who uses magic to shift him/herself into a wolf. Most who learn to do this aren't very good at it for they keep all their own humanity, thinking and reasoning as a human being and without the reflexes or instincts of a wolf. As for a silver bullet being the only thing able to kill them - a Hollywood myth, just like a real wolf they can be hurt, killed even, with the usual array of weapons. Oh and you can't be 'changed' into a werewolf by being bitten.
  • Hexenwolves. A human who makes a deal with a demon or a powerful sorcerer. They get a wolf-hide belt (or some other amulet), put it on, say the magic words and, hey presto, they're a wolf who, because they are using a talisman, lose all their human inhibitions and run with their unconscious desires - basically a huge wolf with human-level intelligence and animal-level ferocity.
  • Lycanthropes. A natural channel for a spirit of rage, a lycanthrope turns into a beast but only inside their head, they are unable to actually shapeshift into a wolf. The spirit takes over, affecting the way the individual thinks and acts, making them stronger, more aggressive, very resistant to pain or injury and able to heal rapidly.
  • Loup-garou. Major monsters, someone has cursed them to become a wolf like demon. With supernatural speed, power and ferocity when the full moon comes (they only change then) they transform into a monster, slaughtering everything in their path until the moon sets or the sun rises. Recovering from injuries almost instantly, they are immune to poison and any kind of sorcery that goes to their brain AND here's where the silver bullets come in ....... Only a silver weapon can hurt a loup-garou but it has to be silver that is inherited from a family member.
Hmm, fascinating stuff.

And now for ........

My favourite 'werewolf' theme tune, Creedence Clearwater Revival's Bad Moon Rising made popular by the film An American Werewolf In London.



14 comments:

anilkurup said...

ooohhh la ,that was wonderful,"the Bad moon rising". I gonna share it on fb.

Your stories on morph-ism, zooomorphism or what ever words you described them was enlightening.

Beware of the Wolf!!

Thanks .

kavita said...

That is some classification.Until now I too thought that a werewolf was a werewolf was a werewolf .Thanks for sharing.

Nina said...
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Nina said...

Thank you for this lesson. Could you do one about vampires too? lol. :)

Trac~ said...

Very interesting stuff indeed my friend! :) Never knew all that stuff about werewolves - HA! P.S. Loved reading about your favorite birthday or should I say "birthdayS" - too funny! Sounds like a "win" "win" to me! :) Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by to say hello! :)

Mary said...

Thanks for the tutorial :) And the CCR video - really takes me back!

....Petty Witter said...

Ooh that sounds like a challenge Nina - a challenge that I accept.

Oh dear, I hope it wasn't too much a tutorial Mary.

Kelly said...

How about that! I knew some of it from various "werewolf" books I've read, but certainly not in this detail.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh I love that you ended with CCR! What a fun post!

Katie Edwards said...

That has to be the definitive werewolf anthem, doesn't it? Interesting post. I like the occasional werewolf story but didn't really think about the different kinds. Great post.

Lisa said...

I did not enjoy the True Blood series and yet my good friend loves them, we agree to disagree on this point, I've never been a huge werewolf fan, thanks Lisa

joan said...

great post yet again
as you say fascinating facts on werewolves it amazes me how much info you come up with
thanks also for leaving comment on my blog

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I think you gave me a lesson in werewolves :)

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

So neat! And I always loved Creedence Clearwater Revival. : ) Great post and thank you!