As you all know, I spend a lot of time reading about werewolf folklore. God, you should see my copy of Montague Summer’s book… it has post it notes everywhere and highlighting and labled tabs and… well, actually, a lot of by books a re like that O.o Anyway, I am fascinated by the sheer amount of diversity when it comes to the different details in folklore, and even in the appearance of werewolves themselves.
In some tales, the lycanthrope takes on the perfect visage of a wolf. In others, they become monsterous wolves… sometimes they have tails, others, they don’t (in fact, lacking a tail is sometimes said to be a sure sign of a werewolf) and in yet more stories, they appear as hybrids. There’s even a couple really wonderful woodcuts depicting hybrid werewolves. I love how there’s enough folklore to support just about any style of werewolf that people like… even down to more humanoid versions, because, well, some of the folks who were tried as werewolves were just lunatics in wolfskins. :3
One of my favorite werewolf descriptions comes from Elliot O’Donnell’s 1912 publication: “A thing with a woman’s breast, a woman’s hair, long and curly, but the face and feet were those of a wolf; whilst the hands, white and slender, were armed with long, glittering nails, cruelly sharp…”
And... I don't really have a whole lot to say about the page this week. And I'm tired from staying up all night to do the pottermore thing.
Also, I really appreciate the kind comments last week, though I’m sorry I’m not able to produce this more often for you all to enjoy.
In addition, I do apologize about the lack of larger image last week. Sometimes blogger doesn’t work the way I want it to. The larger version is accessible through the “Eldritch Lessons” page.
Anyway... it's late and I'm braindead. So, I'm totally going to bed now. ♥ you guys!