Faoladh and Ossory – Irish werewolf folklore

In ancient Irish folklore, the werewolf is known as irish werewolf folklorefaoladh or conroicht.  The faoladh (Irish werewolf) is similar to the werewolf you may be familiar with – it is a man or woman that shapeshifts into a wolf. Unlike North American werewolf legends however, the faoladh is considered a creature of good – in fact it is known as a “protector” and as a “guardian”.  Some of the most famous Irish werewolf folklore can be traced to ancient writings in the Historia Brittonum and the Topographia Hibernica…

Historical Irish Writings that talk of the Werewolves in Ossory Ireland
1.  Tales of Irish werewolves were recorded in the Historia Brittonum. The Historia Brittonum is a record of the very earliest times in Britain by a Welsh monk named Nennius who lived in the 9th century. The Irish version of the Historia Brittonum (which is different from the British version) states that “The Descendants of the Wolf are in Ossory“. The “werewolves” of Ossory Ireland are shapeshifters that transform into wolves and kill cattle. The tales say that if their bodies were moved while their spirits were out they would not be able to return to their bodies.

2.  Werewolf legends were also recorded by Giraldus Cambrensis or Gerald of Wales in the Topographia Hibernica in the 12th century. The writings were of the landscape and people of Ireland as per his observations and eye witness accounts. In it, he recounts the tale of a priest who met a wolf who spoke to him and told him he was a native of Ossory, Ireland. The wolf stated that the people in Ossory were cursed such that every seven years a man and woman from Ossory were transformed into a wolf. The wolf asked for the priest’s help.



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8 Responses

  1. We originated in Ireland.

  2. Soul Tepes says:

    “in fact it is known as a “protector” and as a “guardian”. ”
    This is what I am talking about. From Ireland to Romania as well as Russia, these are the things I have heard.
    I have never been told that lycanthropes are evil. That they are good, and protect humans and others alike. These movies and books depict werewolves or other lycanthropes with such bad light its sickening.

  3. Mary says:

    At soul tepes: Hey! How are you doing?

  4. J. Doyle says:

    Its not the transformation but the enlightenment, increased aggression. Ability to pick up or sense on first encounter with most anyone if they be real or un-trust worthy.
    Bouts of depression until a release of energy is done. Ex. I was a firefighter/paramedic, I felt overwhelming peacefulness when someone genuine was helped.

    Enough of my ramblings. Am I the only one to feel this. except for my children.

  5. Kc says:

    So…who else came here to find others ?

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