If you’re one of the many who recognized the <I>Into the woods</I> reference last week, yaaaay!
So… here’s the thing about Robin Hood: He was an outlaw. Today, his story is heavily romanticized, just like vampires and werewolves are. However, while it may seen silly, or perhaps a mistake on Todd’s part, in the Eldritch version of the world, yeah, Robin Hood was a werewolf. “Why?” you might ask… well, the reason is simple: Back in the day, outlaws were sometimes called Wolves, or Wolf-Headed. This basically meant that these outlaws were to be treated as wolves... as dangerous animals that needed to be killed, all human rights forfeit.
This practice may have lead to some of our werewolf legends, such as one from Innsbruck, in which a werewolf corners a woman and demands her diamonds. At the end of the story, however, her diamonds are safe… but only because she traded her loving husband to the werewolf instead. It makes one wonder whom the real monster in the story was? Regardless, werewolves in Austria-Hungary and Spain were said to have a particular attraction to valuable precious stones, such as diamonds and rubies. One could suppose that some of these alleged werewolves were only rogues and outlaws pretending
to be monsters, in hopes of scaring people out of their valuables. After all, Loup Garou and Wargus in some cases also meant outlaw. Or, perhaps, werewolves are as easily distracted by shiny things as we humans are. ;3
I suppose that a diamond is a werewolf’s best friend…
Please also see:
The Beast Within --Adam Douglas
The Book of Werewolves --Sabine Baring-Gould
Werewolves (Around the world) --Elliot O’Donnell
Were-wolf And Vampire in Romania – Harry A. Senn (Good luck finding this one. :C)