What is a werewolf? - A cartoonified version of an ancient truth!
They have big eyes, ears, teeth (and nose?), and long nails (claws) Allergic to silver (as is like 15% of the population of humans). They are humanoid with animal like features, not animals with human-like features. They are considered immortal. They are strongly associated with the moon. (They are typically tall. They have bloodlust. They have been depicted as the mortal enemies of Vampires.
We know the cartoon version. Let's reverse engineer the breadcrumbs that have fallen to us, to find the truth behind werewolves and vampires!
Werewolf translates to "man-wolf".
The animal we call a "wolf" is technically named "canis lupus". Canis - translates into 'devourer'. It implies a hunter, which, normally, is what the animal does. That's literally what 'hound' means - to hunt.
Notice - the Greek word is "Lykos" and the Latin word is "Lupus" (as in canis lupus, the technical name for "wolf".) I'm also including modern spanish, for relevance.
Lyk-os = Greek
Lup-us = Latin
Lob-os = Spanish
All of these words have a suffix attached to the root word. Those are,
"-os" & "-us". These are essentially the same suffix, an old word which implies "strong" - ... it is the root of the word "Aes-ir", or "mighty ones", the gods of Norse legends. That suffix, I believe, was originally pronounced "Oz".
The root words - Lyk, Lup & Lob... share the same origins, however; because the pronunciation has changed over time (with changing dialects, accents, twang, etc.) the spelling has changed, as well. Taking out the vowel (vowels are empty filler designed to force pronunciation and preserve the language)... we are left with the original word (which I will express as): LX or LK.
I broke it down a bit further from what academics teaches, removing the vowels from the Latin word "Lux" and the Greek word "Leuk". Both words simply mean "light".
Combining the root "LK" (LX) with the suffix "OZ", we get "Strong Light". By extension, we may derive other meanings such as, "Strong (with) Light",
"(full of) Light", "Strong & Bright", "Shining", "Illuminated", "Strong Spirit", "Long Life", "Filled with power", "Immortal", etc. A "Lycan" or "LK-on" means "of the (from) the light".
You might ask, "What about the word 'wolf', itself? It sounds nothing like "Lupus" or "Lycos". This one is simple, if you have already read my page on the etymology (word origin) of the Elves. In the world "wolf", the "w" is a prefix. You could look at it like this: w-olf. The prefix "w" in older languages, is the same "hook" as discussed in my page on Elves. It means "of the". So what is "-olf"? It's the world "Elf". Elf means "of the mighty leaders" or "of the gods/immortals". Wolf literally means "of those, who are of the mighty leaders", or, simply put - "... related to the elves." It should be noted that Freyr, god of the Aesir, was called "king, of the elves."
In short, werewolves are cartoonified, poorly drawn caricatures of immortal beings who came down from the sky, their kind splitting into two groups and warring amongst themselves.
As discussed, the suffix at the end of "lup-us" or "lyk-os" is also spelled "AZ" and "OZ", which means "very strong" and is the root of the word for the Aes-ir... half of a family of Nordic Gods, known as the "very strong ones" or the Aesir. Who did they war with? The "Van-ir" - which means the "beautiful ones".
If the Werewolves are the "very strong ones" of an immortal race of alien beings, who do you suppose "the beautiful ones" may be, in comparison?
History reveals that the two classes of gods were always related and of the same family root. The vampires are the beautiful ones, naturally. Our modern standard of beauty comes from the beauty we beheld when looking upon the younger 'gods' who were placed in charge of humanity. Those younger gods, the fair skinned 'immortals' went through puberty much later in life than we do, thus, those who were allowed to rule over us, were the children and adolescents of the family. The fertile. The young.
Elvin Standard of Beauty
They are the youth of the immortals. They had little to no facial hair, never needing to shave. Their eyes looked a bit larger, as does a baby's before it's fully matured (they were said to grow to be giant in stature). They were, in our eyes, forever young. But, freshly trapped in this new world, they would eventually lose their immortality, aging much faster than they were accustomed to, albiet still very slow in comparison to us mortals.
What happens to an immortal humanoid as it leaves puberty? It's known that the nose and ears never stop growing, because of their composition. Have you ever seen an old man or old woman and noticed that they tend to have very large ears or noses? Now imagine a being who has lived for 1,000 years, or more! Elves have long pointy ears. They are the younger. Imagine the elders! Werewolves are those elders! They have long pointy ears. Their noses are really big and noticeible (like a dog's). And their gums may have receded to a point where their teeth appear to be extra long! I would also venture to say that a few hundred years after puberty has taken full affect, their body begins to grow hair, just as ours does, all over, and for hundreds or thousands of years!!! Werewolf transformation is time lapse photography? Maybe!?
Could this be what the "Bigfoot" really is? I think, maybe! Or reported "dog-men"? Cat people (remember that humans have a tail bone) and Bat-men of legend?
And what of our wild dogs we call "wolves"? Simple. They were named after those ancient beings that look and act similar. Long pointy ears, hairy, long noses and deadly predators. Boom, name it after the old gods. There's how wolves were named!
'Gods' with horns that go by whatever name/title/description appear through ever religion. Krampus, Pan, Saturn, Satan, Cronos, the Anunnaki, Baphomet, Horned God, Oceanus, Moloch, Dragon Race, Reptilians, etc.
Whether or not having horns automatically implies, or stems from, an evil energy/soul (as is typically associated) ... I do not know. However, it is not impossible for humanoids, or even humans, to have horns! It is well documented that humans have grown horns and spikes on their heads and bodies, for unknown reasons! Based on the pictures I've seen, it seems to more inclined to happen to those who are older.
Ever wonder why Wolverine has those big pointy things on the sides of his mask? I'd guess it's a subconscious (or purposeful) addition to account for his long, pointy ears (that he should have).
And extremely fast healing is often associated with beings of a "strong spirit", which I call 'plasma possessed'. Being from the electrically charged 'heavens', 'hollow/inner' earth regions, or from the surface of a Realm with a red sky... their own electrical energetic signature (soul) is amplified throughout (and around) their bodies, extending their lifespans and amplifying their healing ability.
Often, those with amplified electrical energetic signatures (spirit/force) will have glowing eyes, their very spirit evident with a glance. *Remember, being plasma possessed doesn't mean "evil" or "good", it means "amplified spirit/energy". The prefix "were-" in 'werewolf' relates to the word 'virile' and 'Vril', which essentially means "powerful energy".
Because a plasma possessed being has amplified regenerative powers, alchemists came up with devious ways of killing them. Quicksilver (mercury, not 'silver') filled/tipped bullets, acid (holy water), and potent poisons from various plants were all used to try to take down the immortal aliens.
Having an amplified spirit (being plasma possessed) comes with other perks, like telepathy. Perhaps, not just the ability to read the minds of others, but to change the minds of others, especially their perception of the physical world. When applied to how one perceives another humanoid, it is called a "charm" or a "perception filter", usually causing the subject of the filter to look more attractive. Youth, vigor, virility and fertility were, according to the legends, very important to the so-called gods. While it may be that they can somehow physically change shape, we should consider their telepathic abilities, as well.
Many suggest a biblical account of King Nebuchadnezzar features him turning into a werewolf/beast-man.
It has been suggested that when Cain killed his brother Abel, the 'mark' given to him, was actually a dog (for protection). Maybe he wasn't 'given a dog' but a 'doglike' appearance? It has also been suggested that he grew a horn.
King Lycaon of Arcadia was changed into a wolf, by Zeus.
There are no "kid" werewolves, because immortals must also go through puberty.
The show "Raised by wolves" is actually about kids who are raised by rebellious aliens (androids). There are no wolves in the show.
Remember that the aging process works differently upon entry into this world, based on which color of sky we have. The aging process is much different within and outside of our world.
Romulus & Remus, the earliest to shape the creation of Rome, were raised by a 'wolf'. My research indicates that the world 'Rome' stems from the word 'rom' or 'ram', the horned animal. It seems, to me, that many of these 'elder beings' were either 'cast out' of their societies, or after a certain age, are 'set free' to live in the wilderness, to wander about. Or perhaps, this only applies in certain situations. Either way, 'Rom' also implies "wanderer" and by extension, 'gypsy'.
Lycanthropy - a word used to describe those 'afflicted with the disease' of turning into a werewolf. It stems from LX (as discussed) and '-anthropos', which means 'humanoid'. Anthropos is where we get words like: Ander-son, Andr-oid, Alex-ander, 'Ender's game', etc.
Zeus, himself, was said to be able to change his appearance to that of a wolf. They call him 'Lycaean Zeus".
In 'The Epic of Gilgamesh', the hero turns down the advances of the goddess Ishtar, because she turned her ex pursuer into a wolf.
Gmork, the giant wolf creature in "The Never Ending Story", chases youth quite literally, hoping to 'help' the plasma apocalypse (The 'Nothing').
Lupercalia - An old festival in mid February in honor of the wolf gods, a festival of fertility (forced conception), later replaced with 'Valentine's Day'.
Leprechaun - Luper, (dog/wolf like) and Khan/Cohen/Cain/Coen/kwon (priest). These were the personal priests to the Werewolves/Elders. The word "Leper" implies having scales/rough skin, as in those who are growing horns, etc. They brought gold to their alien masters, who had the power to make the impossible happen, or, grant wishes. Green was their symbolic color because they are likely Elvin.
The DC Universe character 'Steppenwolf" is an alien with huge horns. 'Steppen' means "crowned" or "with horns".
Santa Claus and Krampus are a classic example of 'Elf vs Werewolf'.
Wolves & Werewolves alike are depicted as howling at a full moon, not because they really do that (they don't); it is a symbolic expression of them missing their home world, which exists within the cover of their domed sky, which we see each night and we call - Moon.