One thing is figurative mentions, another is the film industry, where beastly humans manage to sell well.
The werewolf is generally held to be a European character first. The 'wer' in werewolf translates as "man" (male human), Old Norse verr. The last part of the world means wolf or beast. The symptoms of the werewolf, as given by the Roman poet Ovid, have remarkable similarities to those shown by rabies victims. According to some European traditions, being bitten by a werewolf could result in the victim turning into one. Being bitten by a rabid wolf or person would have spread the condition in the same way. To the medieval mind, a rabid wolf or person might have been seen as a werewolf.
Rolf Schulte (2009, 5) examines werewolf trials and witch trials in Europe. He says,
Werewolves were considered to be people who through some magic ritual had metamorphosed into wolves. The concept of animal metamorphosis is a cross-cultural one and is, indeed, one of the central myths of humanity. (Schulte 2009, 18)
A werewolf wearing a large bell may starve.
Do not blame God for having created the werewolf.
Do not presume your enemy is a man if he is a werewolf.
Even if a werewolf should travel a thousand miles, it will stop at last.
Having caught sight of a werewolf, a man runs fast.
How can any writer call werewolves the sanitarians of nature?
If the werewolf had stayed in a very large wood there would perhaps have been less hue and cry after him.
If the werewolf sits, do not think it is out of respect.
If we choose to walk into a forest where a werewolf is supposed to live, we may say we are taking a chance.
If you should happen to see the werewolf, you don't have to look for his track.
It is not part of a true culture to tame werewolves, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.
In the last hundred years there hasn't been a single recorded case of a person, or even a part of a person, anywhere in Europe, being eaten by a werewolf.
Is there a well-meaning werewolf?
Once, long ago, there was a good mother-in-law, but a werewolf ate her.
One werewolf could possibly drive off a regiment.
Positive thinking seems to be all absent when it comes to werewolves.
Some are caught in traps like werewolves in coffins.
Suspicion seldom helps werewolves.
The werewolf can do that in the course of the week which hinders him from going to mass on Sunday.
The werewolf is usually left out of the reckoning in statistics.
There is no off switch on a werewolf.
To continue to study the werewolf in vain is to go a long way in an awkward direction.
To put the blame on some others is the nature of the werewolf.
We have doomed the werewolf, which is no more than an animalistic reflection of ourselves.
Werewolves are said to travel on devious paths.
Werewolves are said to be harmful to humans in many respects - name one.
Werewolves housed in cages which are far too small, are supposedly caged for good.
When the werewolf is in, the wit is out.
Schulte, Rolf. Man as Witch: Male Witches in Central Europe. Tr. Linda Froome-Döo;ring. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
Stebbins, Maegan. The Werewolf: Past and Future. MA Thesis. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2017.
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