The Werewolf’s Bride

Retold by S.E. Schlosser

There once was a beautiful girl engaged to a soldier who caught the eye of an evil woodsman who had sold his soul for the ability to turn himself into a wolf at will. He lay in wait for the girl when she was walking home one day and accosted her, begging her to elope with him. The maiden refused, spurning his love and crying out to her love to save her from his advances.

The girl’s cries were heard by her eager fiancé, who had come searching for her when she was late returning to her parent’s home. The soldier drove the woodsman away, threatening him with dire consequences if he ever approached the maiden again.

The furious woodsman lay low for a few days, waiting for his chance. It came on the girl’s wedding day. She was dancing happily at her wedding reception with a group of her friends when the woodsman, in the form of a wolf, leapt upon her and dragged her away with him.

The enraged bridegroom gave chase, but the wolf and his bride had disappeared into the thick forest and were not seen again. For many days, the distraught soldier and his friends, armed with silver bullets, scoured the woods, searching for the maiden and her captor. Once the soldier thought he saw the wolf and shot at it. Upon reaching the location, he found a piece of a wolf’s tail lying upon the ground. But of the wolf to which it belonged there was no sign.

After months of searching, his friends begged him to let the girl go and get on with living. But the soldier was half-mad with grief and refused to give up. And that very day, he found the cave where the werewolf lived. Within it lay the preserved body of his beloved wife. The girl had refused the werewolf’s advances to the very end, and had died for it. After his murderous fury had died away, the werewolf had tenderly laid the body of the girl he had loved and had killed into a wooden coffin, where it would be safe from predators, and he came to visit her grave every day. Lying in wait for him, the soldier shot the werewolf several times as he entered the cavern, chasing him down until the maddened and dying werewolf leapt into the lake and disappeared from view. The soldier sat by the lake with his gun, staring into the rippling waters for hours as the catfish ate the bloody bits of the wolf that were floating on the surface of the water.

When his friends found him, the soldier’s mind was gone. He babbled insanely about a werewolf that had been eaten by a catfish when it leapt into the water, and he sobered only long enough to lead the men to the body of his beloved before he collapsed forevermore into insanity. He died a few days later, and was buried beside his bride in a little glen where they had planned to build there house. Their grave is long forgotten, and the place where it stands is covered with daisies in the spring. But to this day, the people of the area have a prejudice against eating catfish, though no one remember why.

Used with permission of S.E. Schlosser and AmericanFolklore.net. Copyright 2009. All rights reserved.

168 Responses

  1. Lily jane says:

    hahahaha im with my lil sister and older brother that acts like hes not here

  2. Evaluna says:

    Lol! well i’m here all by myself enjoying the wonders of life 😀

  3. Lily jane says:

    wonder more like the shity part of life

  4. Evaluna says:

    oh well look on the bright side of things lily that helps me all the time

  5. Lily jane says:

    yeah thats shit it doesnt work

  6. Evaluna says:

    well for me it does but other than that how are you?

  7. Lily jane says:

    im just fancy and you

  8. Evaluna says:

    very good i might say Lol! although i have to deal with finding a new mate

  9. Lily jane says:

    was he an ugly d*ck

  10. Evaluna says:

    nope but it’s just a little problem i have with enchantress magic

  11. Lily jane says:

    ooooohhhhh who doesnt

  12. Evaluna says:

    Lol! but really if our relationship lasted any more than 2 days i would’ve died

  13. Lily jane says:

    lol sounds bad

  14. Evaluna says:

    yes it is so we had to split up weither we liked it or not

  15. Lily jane says:

    well things suck (pun)

  16. Evaluna says:

    yes life has some bad turns and good turns

  17. Lily jane says:

    yea yea they do

  18. Evaluna says:

    yep so what are you doing rn?

  19. Lily jane says:

    just watching Pirates of the caribbean

  20. Evaluna says:

    ok i should leave you to it enjoy and i will see you once i’m done with dinner

  21. Lily jane says:

    oh im done with it see you later well after your done with your food

  22. Evaluna says:

    immmm back 😀

  23. Lily jane says:

    sorry I fell asleep

  24. Evaluna says:

    don’t worry it’s fine Lol! 😀

  25. Lily jane says:

    kk thx I guess

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