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
I hope you like this little sketch though
art by: Elise M. Syvertsen / oomizuao 2013
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.
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.
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
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 I totally agree with you, they are the best types of werewolves. )
I like your design too!
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