British Werewolves in Music

Werewolves in Music

DOM COOPER serves up some tasty British Werewolf tunes for tonight’s full moon!

Therianthropy or animal transformation is a recurrent theme in British folklore that has filtered down into folk song and beyond, capturing the imagination of many a songwriter. The old English word for ‘man’ is ‘were’ and it is from that source we get werewolves, werefoxes and werecats. Many instances of ‘were’ animals can be found in lore and culture, and from these tales the myth has grown to become locked in to the public psyche.

Saxon chronicles and other written accounts, dating back to the time of King Athelstan in 950, tell us that Britain was once inhabited by wolves. The wolf population endured until the 18th Century when it eventually died out after being hunted to extinction. The last wolf is reported to have died at Wormhill. Maybe the guilt from that crime would go on to create their cultural payback later.

Author: The Spooky Isles

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  1. No mention for The Werewolf of Old Chapeltown by Bob Pegg?

  2. No Warren Zevon? No ‘Werewolves of London’? Srsly??!!

  3. Hi both, Bob Pegg has already featured in my article on Mr Fox’s Mendle. Warren Zevon is American. This is just a brief history rather than an in depth one. Cheers

  4. Paul Roland also wrote a song called “Werewolves of London”

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