Wolves & Warriors

To say that our relationship with wolves is a complicated one is an understatement. Since the dawn of humanity, we have looked at the wolf as the ideal to strive for and the monster we wish not to become. They have been our earliest teachers, our strongest warriors, and the beasts that lurk in our nightmares. There is a duality to the wolf, where they the ones to protect the tribe and the ones that the tribe needs to be protected from.

Along with wolves, I will also be exploring the warrior culture of Gaul. From the young men being initiated into the war-bands to the warrior elites that fought for glory and honour, Gaul had plenty of valiant heroes. I will be trying to reconstruct these ancient warrior groups as well as sharing what I can find on the brave souls that shaped the history of Gaul.

Uirocû

The Gaulish word for werewolf is uirocû, from uirocû meaning “man” and cû meaning “hound or wolf”. The Gauls did not leave us with any stories of their own regarding this creature either. I have used the similarities found across other cultures to see what may have influenced them so that I can attempt to […]