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There are plenty of werewolf legends and myths around the world, and today, we’ll be talking about some of them here.
Everett D. Wair Sr., author of Something About Them Wairs, has an excellent story about werewolves who are African-American families. In this story, three prominent citizens have a secret about their actions. Suddenly, the town starts being attacked by an unknown source, and bodies pile up.
Stories like these are often the start of some fantastic werewolf stories that keep readers glued to their books. With that said, let’s go ahead and talk about some legends and myths that revolve around werewolves.
Little Red Riding Hood Story in Germany
Little Red Riding Hood is probably one of the werewolf tales that is most well-known. This is frequently told to kids as a fairy tale. But if we go sufficiently far back in history, we can discover that it originated in medieval Europe.
Werewolves pursuing children who get lost by themselves in the forest is the main plot element of the tale. The key moral is to keep kids from wandering off by themselves. As misbehaving kids, the girl in the red cap dismisses them and wanders alone into the forest.
A wolf then ambushes Little Red Riding Hood. Only by offering the hungry wolf the bread from the basket that he will go to his grandmother’s house with Red Riding Hood can he get rid of it.
Werewolf Character in the Epic Story of Gilgamesh
The werewolf is portrayed as a vicious, shape-shifting beast that stalks the wilderness and preys on lone travelers in the Babylonian epic Gilgamesh. In this epic tale, the villainous goddess Ishtar transforms the protagonist Gilgamesh into a werewolf before sending him to kill his buddy Enkidu.
The initial phrases of the Gilgamesh story were written on clay tablets by an unidentified Sumerian scribe at least 2100 BC, making it one of the oldest extant works of literature. Later, the epic was translated into Latin, Greek, Aramaic, and Akkadian.
Werewolf legends and myths are present worldwide, and it’s in this one that they seem super terrifying. The werewolves have a more modern feel in Everett D. Wair Sr.’s story. However, keep modern tastes and twists from fooling you because they’re still quite ferocious. They remain faithful to the werewolf legends whispered behind closed doors.
Bisclavret (France) Version of Werewolves
Marie de France wrote a 13th-century French tale called Bisclavret, which features a werewolf. The King adores the Brittany-based baron Bisclavret. For no apparent reason, he is a werewolf. He vanishes for three days, transforming into a werewolf once a week.
His magical garment will then transform him back into a human after that. The baroness plots with a knight in shining armor to remove her husband’s attire after learning the truth so the baron cannot morph back. She then weds the Knight.
The King embarks on a hunt a year later and comes upon a wolf who begs for his forgiveness and kisses his foot. The King returns it to the castle and invites the Knight to a party, and once the wolf notices the Knight, it charges at him. Later, the King brings the wolf alongside him when he travels to the baron’s town. The wolf tears off the baroness’s nose.
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If you’re a big fan of werewolves, you should read Everett D. Wair Sr.’s Something About Them Wairs because it’s a great story. Something About Them Wairs is an exciting and horrific tale that readers will enjoy.