1. Legends of werewolves have been with us since Greek times and even earlier.
2. European folk law in particular is full of tales of men shifting to wolves.
3. In one of the legends, Ovid (Metamorphoses) served human flesh to Zeus. In punishment, he was changed to a wolf.
4. Lycanthropy is a mental illness where a patient believes they have transformed into a wolf.
5. Curved fingernails, red hair, eyebrows that meet, hair that grows beneath the skin are all signs of a werewolf.
6. Werewolves have superhuman strength but are vulnerable to silver bullets.
7. The vulnerability to silver only appears in tales after 1935.
8. Werewolves are very active during a full moon.
9. In some tales, a special salve is rubbed over the body and this transforms a man to werewolf.
10. Some werewolves transform after donning a wolf skin or a wolf skin belt.
11. If a werewolf bites a human, the human will become a werewolf. This method of turning is a modern invention and does not appear in early legends.
12. Many of our recent thoughts/perceptions are due to Hollywood movies and popular novels, and they bear little relation to the old legends.
Today kicks off my Lone Wolf tour. My first stop is at Book Junkie. I hope you’ll pop over and visit. Don’t forget – every time you comment on one of my Lone Wolf VBT posts you’ll go into a draw to win a $20 Amazon gift card.
What do you think about werewolves? Do you have any tidbits to add to my werewolf list?