Why are werewolves vulnerable to silver?

Silver is traditionally known as one of the materials to which werewolves are vulnerable.  The question that is often asked though is – why silver?  Why not some other precious metal? What is so special about silver that it effects werewolves?

What is very interesting is that silver actually has a strong association with the moon!

The crescent moon is considered a symbol for silver

The crescent moon is considered a symbol for silver!

The clearest place to see this is if you take a look at alchemy.  In alchemy, you’ll see a correlation between the two…alchemical symbols which date back to the 1700s associate metals with planets – gold is associated with the sun, copper with venus, mars with iron, and SILVER with LUNA (the moon)….so, the alchemical symbol for silver is a symbol of the crescent moon!  What’s incredibly interesting about this is that werewolves are strongly influenced by the moon…many feel strongest during full moons, transform during full moons, and feel the pull of the moon…the moon is essentially an intricate part of  many (though not all) werewolves’ lives.    It is very interesting therefore that of all metals a werewolf could be known to be vulnerable to, it would be a “moon metal”.

Werewolf967 has pointed out previously that not necessarily all werewolves are vulnerable to silver – and this makes sense…it could be that perhaps those werewolves that are less influenced by the moon are also less prone to the effects of silver!

 

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14 Responses

  1. Loopeen says:

    Hmm… Silver literally hurts my skin.
    Been wondering why.

  2. Fenris Lupa says:

    The myth that silver hurts and even kills us wolves, came from the writer of the original Wolfman, 1941. Curt Siodmak wrote the film, and is responsible for 99% of (were)Wolf lore and myths.

    He did get the idea for the story from the relationship of silver and the moon.

    But that’s all it is, is part of a story. Another myth he helped create was that one can be changed by bite, when in fact, you can not.

    The famous poem….

    Even a man who is pure in heart: and says his prayers by night: may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms: and the autumn moon is bright

    That is all Curt Siodmak, along with other myths that ppl nowadays think is fact and come from history, when they did not, they just came from his mind.

    So for you wolves that silver does affect your skin, then you most likely have sensitive skin, or possible an allergy.

    And a fact that not many ppl kno, silver is a natural antibiotic and actually helps your immune system.

    Which is funny cuz it’s thought to hurt and kill wolves.

  3. Lycanhope says:

    @Fenris Lupa: *applause* Seriously, standing ovation. Thank goodness intelligent people exist.

  4. Gabrielwolf2012 says:

    @Fenris Lupa: please I beg of you. Come to the chat room and help us in the fight against role players lol. Maybe not quite that but I think It would be nice to have you there.

  5. dont you dare reply! says:

    cause with every strength their needs to be weaknesses
    and likely the whole weak to silver thing or should i say allergic is sort of a backfire 😛
    feel happy that they didn’t get allergic to the soil or water 😛

  6. Reesa says:

    @Fenris Lupa:

    I always thought werewolves were harmed by silver due to silver being associated with the moon (in fairy lore).

  7. Fenris Lupa says:

    Hey no prob…and I’ll check out the chat room!

  8. Fenris Lupa says:

    Ummm….lol where is the chat room?

  9. @Gabrielwolf2012:

    How do I get to the chat room?

  10. Lycanhope says:

    @Fenris: It’s under “werewolf games” for some reason.

  11. Jacob says:

    @Fenris Lupa: silver also happens to be toxic to anything if it enters the bloodstream.

  12. Wolfie says:

    it also stinks but the shine says ooh shiny

  13. Wolfie says:

    I smelled it really I was thinking of getting pelted by it yow even to a human.that stuff is vaplueble hurt

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