Wolves in Fantasy / Myth / Society / Religions

Hi, it’s G.G. Howling, literature correspondent at the Greenygrey. I was getting ready for my weekend when I was unexpectedly called into the office, as a great blog post about the history of wolves in human fantasy stories, myth, society and religions has just appeared on the Ashsilverlock fantasy writing website.

Wolves Demonised and Celebrated

The blog starts off by explaining how many old societies and religions demonised wolves through a mixture of symbolism and fairy-tales. Wolves were of course still rivals to humanity for land and food at that time, before being largely exterminated, after man’s best friend dog had been extracted from the wild wolves.

Wolves were associated with an evil created by religious monotheism to contrast with their good, starting with Zoroastrianism and copied by other Middle-East religions.

Thinking of the last Greenygrey blog post, and David Shrigley’s comment about the Glasgow weather inspiring existentialism, I wonder if religious monotheism still dividing the Middle-East; and being stronger in the Mediterranean than northern Europe, and bible-belt USA rather than the northern states has anything to do with them having more sunshine?

Greater Middle East
Greater Middle East (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyway, I digress; maybe it’s the Greenygrey Rambles influence?

A More Positive and Realistic View of Wolves

Ashsilverlock’s blog then goes on  to detail how more modern fantasy stories have thankfully provided a more positive, diverse and realistic view of wolves.

Wolves do of course have to do unsavoury things to survive; but much less on a global scale than humanity does.

Ashsilverlock’s blog unfortunately doesn’t include the wonderful Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps, but hopefully will in future updates, after Grey’s ground-breaking comedy-fantasy is recognised for the classic epic it is.

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