what makes a werewolf evil or good

One interesting point that author W.R.S. Ralston makes in his book analyzing the legends of Russia is when he discusses what makes a werewolf good vs. evil.

those that try everything to become werewolves = bad!?
One point that he attempts to make is that he believes that any humans who attempt to become werewolves in a purposeful way through some sort of spell, incantation, or other method are evil. These people are generally those who are after an elusive power and come into the very idea of being a werewolf already corrupted in their spirit, mind, and heart. These individuals crave power, and usually for some ill that they wish to do – their nature, even as a human is not longer good, therefore they cannot be good as a werewolf… he claims that many of these individuals are even “dealers in the black art”.

those that “accidentally” become werewolves = good!?
On the otherhand, Ralston indicates that not all werewolves are evil – rather those individuals who are born or otherwise come into being a werewolf in some sort of accidental, non-purposeful, or even indirect way are not corrupted and will likely not be “evil” werewolves, and further are not destined to be a slave to their wild nature. Rather, these individuals are “good” and still have humanity attached to themselves.

But have times changed since 1872?

These thoughts on the good vs. evil debate of werewolves are interesting, and while I see some merit in what he says, I’m not sure I agree completely on the “evilness” on those who attempt to become a werewolf. I can understand how in 1872 when this insight was written times were very different and “good” / “normal” people didn’t necessarily think about being anything other than human – those thoughts were left to witches, wizards, and those studying the occult. Then it may have been the case, however in today’s world where there is much more curiosity and open-mindedness when it comes to different ideas and concepts. In today’s world, those that would seek to purposefully attempt to become werewolves are not necessarily doing so out of the result of a corrupted soul, but rather sometimes even as a means to heal or better their soul.

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16 Responses

  1. Isaak Canaan says:

    Now, all this makes me curiouser and curiouser. I could come flying out of the gates asking, “am I a werewolf/lycanthrope/weighted one/preferred name entered here”. This only seems to irritate you, as it would me. So, instead, I’ll simply ask how you learned of this… gift?

  2. i dont really know but i just get a feeling and it just comes to me.i didnt learn it i dont really know how i know it just … comes to me … i guess

  3. ILiekPizza says:

    It all depends on how people treat them.

  4. i guess so. that could be a reason why some are so evil but i think some want to be good but the ruler of the vampires (the devil)
    forces them to be evil becouse i think werewolves are pretty strong.
    stronger than they actully think 🙂 i dont 100% know

  5. werewolf king says:

    I AM THE WEREWOLF KING

  6. Mary says:

    At Werewolf King: No. There is no king.

  7. Mary says:

    At werewolf king: And if you think that people on this site are going to revere you, think again. Whenever people post ridiculous things like you just did, this is how i react. Now, please stop being a total moron.

  8. Mary says:

    At werewolf king: or should i practice my curtsy?

  9. Lycanhope says:

    @Mary: But he’s so obviously legit! Bow down peasant! 😛

  10. Mary says:

    At werewolf king: Oh yes, my apologies your highness! (bowing and kissing rings)

  11. Mary says:

    LET US SING A MELODY TO RESPECT OUR KING!! At werewolf king: Thou are the light in witch thy peasants are so desperate and in need to follow.

    I have got to stop going to renaissance fairs.

  12. Lycanhope says:

    @Mary: And you say I’M sarcastic 😛

  13. Lycanhope says:

    The idea of a division between good and evil is an illusion anyway. What one person would consider evil, another will consider good, and even more wouldn’t care either way, and vice versa.

    The world is full of people fighting for what they believe is the “good” side, but in the end it’s just a side. Nothing more, nothing less.

  14. ainsumLe says:

    @werewolf king your dreaming

  15. I personly want post a werewolf spell on
    YouTube but I cant I have seen lots of good guesses
    But I know the one that work 100 present that
    No one has even thought of yet

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