The Book of Were-Wolves Chapter 05: The were-wolf in the Middle-Ages

Stories from Olaus Magnus of Livonian Were-wolves—Story from Bishop Majolus—Story of Albertus Pericofcius—Similar occurrence at Prague—Saint Patrick—Strange incident related by John of Nüremberg—Bisclaveret—Courland Were-wolves—Pierre Vidal—Pavian Lycanthropist—Bodin’s Stories—Forestus’ Account of a Lycanthropist—Neapolitan Were-wolf Olaus Magnus relates that—”In Prussia, Livonia, and Lithuania, although the inhabitants suffer considerably from the rapacity of wolves throughout the year, in that […]

The Book of Were-Wolves Chapter 04: The origin of the Scandinavian were-wolf

Advantage of the Study of Norse Literature—Bear and Wolf-skin Dresses—The Berserkir—Their Rage—The Story of Thorir—Passages from the Aigla—The Evening Wolf—Skallagrim and his Son—Derivation of the Words Hamr and Vargr—Laws affecting Outlaws—”To become a Boar”—Recapitulation. ONE Of the great advantages of the study of old Norse or Icelandic literature is the insight given by it into […]

The Book of Were-Wolves Chapter 03: The were-wolf in the north

Norse Traditions – Manner in which the Change was effected – Vœlundar Kvœda – Instances from the Völsung Saga – Hrolf’s Saga – Kraka – Faroëse Poem – Helga Kvida – Vatnsdæla Saga – Eyrbyggja Saga IN Norway and Iceland certain men were said to be eigi einhamir, not of one skin, an idea which had its […]

The Book of Were-Wolves Chapter 02: Lycanthropy among the ancients

WHAT is Lycanthropy? The change of manor woman into the form of a wolf, either through magical means, so as to enable him or her to gratify the taste for human flesh, or through judgment of the gods in punishment for some great offence.