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Faoladh - Irish Werewolf by oomizuao Faoladh - Irish Werewolf by oomizuao
Inspired by *Nashoba-Hostina 's wonderful drawing and interesting Artist Comment of this deviation: fav.me/d4qbv10
I learned about the Faoladh/faelad today, and they're now officially my favorite type of werewolf. <3
They're the kind, protective and loyal type. I'll quote some info that I found on Tumblr and on this website - www.ancientworlds.net/aw/Artic… :

The Irish werewolf is different from the Teutonic or European werewolf, as it is really not a "monster" at all. Unlike its continental cousins, this shapeshifter is the guardian and protector of children, wounded men and lost persons. According to some ancient sources, the Irish werewolves were even recruited by kings in time of war.


That short bit of info alone made me really love this type of werewolf, because wolves aren't viscious, horrible beasts. They're amazing creatures that deserve a hell of a lot more respect than they're getting. Wolves don't deserve their bad reputation at all...! So I think this werewolf is how werewolves should be, as it's more true to the animal they're based on / shapeshifting into.

Inspired by the faoladh, I sketched my own little version of one. I also added a quote that I love, which is from the lovely movie "Wolf Children Ame and Yuki" ("ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki" I think the original title was). The quote reads: "Why does the wolf always have to be the bad guy?"


I'll recommend checking out *Nashoba-Hostina 's deviation which I linked to, and read the description below her drawing. It's really interesting :nod:


I hope you like this little sketch though :)


art by: Elise M. Syvertsen / oomizuao 2013
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KeIIion Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
wow so wonderful and brilliant werewolf you should draw more of them ^^
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DevilsWalk Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This reminds me of the Legend of Chuchulainn.....Where he kills the guardian hound and becomes one himself.
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RiiKarii Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE THAT MOVIE!! Ame is so cute >3<
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BearXDog Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Lovely :D (Big Grin) 
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Kumorifox1982 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
I'm SO glad that there is somebody who knows their Irish mythology! The werewolf, the banshee, the leprechaun and the fairy all have undeserved and incorrect presumptions made about them. Thank you for this!

*clicks favourites*
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BJockes Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
"The Irish werewolves were even recruited by kings in time of war"... Shapeshifters and warriors... Reminds me the legends about the Cheyenne's dog soldiers. 

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Adolphina Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist
I've been studying wolves for years now, you could say I have an obsesion with them, and just yesterday was the first time I had heard of the Faoladh. And it's funny that now out of sheer luck I find this. I love it!
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silvershoelaces Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
"Why does the wolf always have to be the bad guy?"

Is that from Wolf Children?  That movie was amazing~
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AudeS Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
After a bunch of research, even going so far to read novels of researchers for tundra life, the wolf appears to be a rather shy animal. It's even more noteworthy that animals also have specific tendencies of what to eat. As far as I know there are only six mammals, which actively hunt on humans. Tigers, Lions, Jaguars, Leopards, Brown Bears and Polar Bears.
I guess the whole story of the "Big Bad" came, because wolves killed livestock. I researched fossas a few hours ago and despite being way too small to be harmful to humans, there are claims that they are. It was noted that fossas prey on livestock as well so I counted 2 and 2 together.

Well, now to the picture. The faoladh, which would mean Fae Wolf, if I guess it correctly, is indeed a very interesting variation of the werewolf. A guardian rather than a monster. Some sources might say that Irish Kings would pay them with Children's flesh, but.... that would conflic with the guardian aspect and the fact that the name even contains the word Fae, which basically means "Good People". I assume that this part of the legend might have been added by the Roman Christians to avert the Celtic myth. Since there are also other post-Celtic legends, which show this type of lycanthophy as a curse, it makes sense.
When it comes to modern media, you have had two different mythologies used already. The teutonian werewolf, which we see in nearly every werewolf medium, which has some vague roots to mythology, and the type of werewolf the Quileute believed in... and certainly, I guess Twilight is a bad example of how to make things different, since it's either loving or hating it.

Well, I guess the drawing style should be commented, too. It looks pretty well done. Anatomy and fur details are splendid. I give credit to the fact that the fingers are much more than a mix of paw and hand than a hand with paw features... not that I have preferences with that, but I think it's an interesting way to draw it. The piece of cloth arounf the waist is perhaps not so important, but it's a good job you did with the folds (I hope it's the right term I'm using for that). It looks pretty dynamic and not even a wee bit stiff.
The pose of the faoladh shows a lot of determination to break with the believes of the people. Since he appears to be calm with his expression and the hand on his chest, he already breaks with the trope of the bloodthirsty werewolf.

And of course, I know the name Nashoba Hostina pretty well. Her comic series Eldritch features so much forgotten lore and mythology, I'm certain that her knowledge about mythology is by far one of the biggest I have ever seen.

Btw, there is also another type of werewolf in Scottland, called Wulver.

And I guess you just got one of the longest comments I have ever written, which certainly means something.
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BJockes Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
It's also possible that the origin of that bad reputation come from the periods of endless battles who shacked The European continent. Major part of the attacks on people happened on this periods or just after. Wolves are scavengers and benefited of the battlefields. And when an animal eat a lot of the same food, it become "addicted" (ex: the rabbits feed with cereals too much time hardly return to grass). So, when human corpses were rare, the addicted wolves chose to find their favorite meat by themselves. In France, the localities who weren't plagued with chronically wars were spared of such attacks and people liked wolves here!... Sad. Humanity change an entire continent into a bloodbath for entire decades and who win the bad reputation and end exterminated (in France)? Wolves. ...We always create our own nightmares.

And Nashoba is indeed a little celebrity on DA.
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AudeS Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
It is a good point. Especially since the countries, where reputation of the wolf is the worst are very wardriven. Germany and France were constantly fighting with each other, so the border region, including the teutonian region, where the bloodthristy werewolf derives from, were probably often tainted with human blood and corpses. In normal cases, a corpse would be burned or buried, but it's hardly possible to clean up an entire battlefield. Wolves, crows and other animals would probably feed on the corpses therefore. It's a natural process to ensure that dead bodies don't litter the living space for the living beings. Of course, with so much corpses during wartime, it is just logical that animals get used to it and start to develop a preference for the taste. So, basically we can blame the warmongers mostly for it. And certainly, there are many of them.
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AnthroMan106 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
I'm curious of a Japanese Werewolf. :p
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ZinyaWolf Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist
that looks awesome XD
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Fire-Link Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
That is a good question. Why does that happen to wolves. How's things going?
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jboweruk Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013

Wolves are far from viscious, in fact you're more likely to get attack by a domesticated dog. I watched a programme on telly once, this bunch of guys were studying a wolf pack, one night they woke up to find the pack had discovered their camp and were in amongst them, in their tents nosing around. But didn't attack.

A little later when the Alpha female gave birth, the trust that had built up was so strong she would let the guys into her den with the cubs. And yes, they were wild wolves.

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RennKillJoy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...not always, Yuki.
a great piece of art :) sugoi!
also I just watched "Ookami no kodomo: Ame to Yuki" and, along with your art it made my day... thanx :D
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Caldwin Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
I love seeing the werewolves as good guys (see Teen Wolf and Irena Cortez from the old NOW Ghostbuster Comics. You should make this guy one of your characters...probably a different universe from Spike and Co. naturally.
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WildWolf96 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Hahaha I'm Irish myself and never knew this, this is awesome! I love wolves, and folklore. You just made my day :D
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Ziggy-FoxCat Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconwolflinkplz: Always?
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SilverFoxCustom Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
I have been following Nashoba for a while and I am glad you like her art as well.
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Silverbloodwolf98 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes! Irish werewolves! Didnt know about it really! Cool job!
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DuskRipper Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist
Irish werewolves are the best :dummy:
I love how you drew this one and really amazing the pose and the paws/hands.
Yeah Irish! I love Ireland.
(they are really amazing :D I totally agree with you, they are the best types of werewolves. )
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KrytheonRenzorii Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Thanks for recommending this movie to me. It was an excellent film....
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BIOHAZARD-89 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sweet
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callmibambi394 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I ALSO LOVED THAT QUOTE!!!!!!! I CRIED NON STOP THROUGHOUT THAT MOVIE!!!!! IT WAS SOO BEAUTIFUL ITS DEF ONE OF MA FAVORITE MOVIES YET!!!!!!! :iconspreadtheloveplz:
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GoldenDrakAngel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student General Artist
First off... Werewolves are awesome. Second off...

YOU CALL THAT A SKETCH?!?! That's too amazing for a sketch!!!!
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0VANZEMALJAC0 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Just to add a few things about wolves... to south Slavs, wolves were (to some still are) sacred/holy animals. In pagan religion wolves could carry out the gods wills, also from their fur, clothes were made usually a torso fur coat sometimes even full body clothes. Wolves were guardians not just cause of religion but the way of life south Slavs led. South Slavs liked nature and usually lived in tune with it, thus often using wolves for war and creating wolf-dog hybrids from which most Balcan dog breeds originate. To south Slavs wolves were more neutral beings that serve no one if they don't want to, and in later periods outlaws, unchanging and honorable,brave people were called wolves. Name Vuk which means Wolf was given as a name with power to scare off evil and protect the child. There is one ancient south Slav saying: " Wolf changes its fur, but never its intentions/nature!" ... i don't think the last word can be properly translated in English ... that language lacks detailed words, but this is close enough. I written some basic things, i could write a book or several about this but i'm sure it would count as a spam here X3
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red-mohawk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student General Artist
The Irish Faoladh really brings a fresh perspective on werewolves. I honestly like both versions of werewolves, but the vicious, uncontrollable, and the Twilight usual gets dull. This type represents the qualities of some wolves in legends and stories from folklore.

I like your design too!
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Tonythunder Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Interesting job on the anatomy,facial and fur detailing :)
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kickyou101 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with you, wolves get such a bad rep just because they eat a few sheep because humans are destroying their natural prey and habitat.
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Redrose-angel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow Thank you for the info about the Irish werewolf!
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TEK427 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. I had no idea about the Faoladh! Just by reading your description, I think they're awesome! Thank you for sharing this information with us. ^_^
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
sorry, couldn't help myself!!... a bit of a little fact about wolves!!: wolves are so noble & loyal to their female mates, since they only have one mate for life!! "unless the mate dies or is unable to have little cubs, the male looks for another one"!! also males make sure that their female partner & their children are well fed before he starts to eat!!!...so i don't know why there is this famous say that "all men are like wolves"!! thats a wrong misconception!! ;)
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wolf--eyes Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
This is awesome! And it's nice to know there's actually a "good" sub-species of werewolves. :)
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mad-genious Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
so absolutely true. something i've also pondered. a very nice drawing. you did better then i do. 
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dracolupine Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I could be historical nut and say its because predators and humans clashed alot due to farm animal lives and also human lives being seen as a potential food source. (human only if it was able to be hunted)

Or I could just complitment the picture which i shall do.

oomizuao, you have to be one of the best artists I watch. You anatomy is always so good. You are able to make anthros so well. This one is no exception. The question is also very nice. As for what you put in the discription I thought it was really cool. Learned some stuff I didnt know which is always nice... I still need to watch wolf children T.T
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CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This picture you've done looks very nice. :)
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SilverEyeShinobi Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had no idea there was a 'good' werewolf! This is something new I learned. And yes, I totally agree with you! Wolves do NOT deserve their reputation! I feel so sad when people put such a horrible image on one of the worlds most beautiful creatures.
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Caffinated-Pinecone Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice!
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Mstap Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
nice pic! you've got the irish folklore pretty good, we were told stories about werewolves or people who could take the form of wolves that would help people who were lost find their way. cool stories :)
Hi from Ireland by the way :D
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TickleMeHoHo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why does the wold have to be the bad guy? Answer me this; why are the Irish always the good guys?
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midnights0lace Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the question! Thank you. <3
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Kweo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I really love this kind of werewolf now (: but I still love all wolves and werewolves, even if people think they're always bad.
Lovely drawing <3

Oh yeah! I saw Wolf Children not too long ago and it is amazing! I love it so much.
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Deerstrukk Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Loving it! Also love the quote from Ame :). Recently finished that movie about two weeks ago ^^
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thespartanpenguin Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
you forgot to draw a pint of guinness XD
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LunatheShy Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
THATS MY QUESTION!  wolves are beautiful creatures who should be treated with respect!! not like monsters!
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ApocalypseTitan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good work :).
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shean64 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
o_o TO GOOGLE!!! AAAaaaaAAaaAAWAAYAYYY!!!! *googles more info on foaladh* im irish myself and ive never looked into something like this o_O i feel ashamed *cowers in corner* T~T
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X-WindDance-X Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! I definitely agree with you on this. :) 
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