Friday, February 5, 2010


In English they say werewolf, for in English "were" means man and "wolf" means wolf.

In Medieval Latin werewolf was written guerulfus.

In Scandinavia, the Norwegian version of werewolf is vargulf, which means “rogue wolf.” In Swedish it’s varulf and in Danish it’s vaerulf. The Norse words ulfhedhnar (wolf-clothed) and ber-werker (in German, barenhauter) refer to the skins worn by the fearsome warriors when they went berserk or war-mad (it was believed they took on the traits and spirit of wolves).

The Medieval Norman word, garwalf; Norman-French, loup-garou; in Portugal, lobarraz; in Italy, upo-manaro; in Calabria, lupu-minaru; and in Sicily, lupa minaru.

In the Slavonic languages, here the werewolf is called vlukodlak, meaning “wolf haired” or “wolf skinned.” In Bulgaria, vulkolak; in Poland, wilkolak; in Russia, olkolka or volkulaku; in Serbia, vulkodlak.


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