Okay, so these are rather crudely executed, and the pattern still needs a little tweaking, but, given that these are both the most complex leather items I’ve made yet, and they’re my first attempt at any sort of gauntlet, I’m rather pleased with them.
I’ve seen some similar clawed gauntlets at a local con that I attend, but they didn’t allow for much hand movement, were very clunky and heavy, and had no thumb claw at all, so, I designed a gauntlet that I felt was comfortable, allowed me to retain my fine motor skills and a good grip, and then stuck claws on it.
So Yeah. Claw Gauntlets. Clauntlets, perhaps. My coworker calls the Murder Gloves. Oooh, Taloned Gauntlets, that sounds good…
Werewolf gauntlets :3
While they’re no longer there, Ireland was once a stronghold of wolves. In fact, it was sometimes called “Wolfland.” However, though they were wiped out in 1786, not all tales involving Irish wolves were terrifying. In fact, Saint Albeus was, according to legend, suckled by a she-wolf after being abandoned. (Speaking of Saints, one of the places where the cynocephalic St. Christopher was best known of was in, you guessed it: Ireland.) Though, as is to be expected with any country with an abundant predator, stories were told of them.. in this case, werewolf stories.
You all have heard me talk about Saint Patrick before. According to some sources, he had the ability to turn people into wolves. The most told story about this is how he turned the King Vereticus into a wolf, however, in some accounts, he is also credited for cursing the people of Ossory with a form of lycanthropy that lasted many years. From what I can tell, the earliest account which does this is the Kongs Skuggio. However, more commonly, this transformative curse is attributed to Saint Natalis. Regardless of saint, the story goes that one of these holy men approached a group of people as they were holding an assembly and began to preach. Now, to be honest, it seems a tad rude to barge in on other people’s business, however they took his counsel anyway, but responded to him by howling like wolves. In his anger, he asked God to punish them, and they became werewolves.
People who were afflicted with this curse were similar to Greek and Polish werewolves in that they stayed wolves for great lengths of time… in this case, seven years. However, that is only unless they refrained from eating human flesh. If they dined on people, they were doomed to be wolves forever.
One interesting Ossorian tale is related to us by Giraldus Cambrensis’ <I>Topigraphica Hibernica.</I> In this tale, A Traveling priest is confronted by a wolf, who reveals himself to be a werewolf. He asks the priest to perform the last sacrament on his wife, who is dieing. The problem is that his wife is also a werewolf, and the priest is rather concerned about performing the final rights for an animal. The husband wolf peels away his wife’s wolf-pelt, and reveals a woman underneath. This convinces the priest, and after receiving the final sacrament, the she-wolf expires peacefully, while the husband went on to finish his years remaining in wolf-form. This, of course, caused a certain amount of debate and conflict amongst those who heard it.
Contradictorily, a few hundred years ago, Fynes Moryson reported that the Irish turned into wolves yearly, and according to Mr. Ashley’s book on the subject, those in Ossory considered themselves to be descended from wolves.
Now, you might be thinking that this sounds like there might have been practices of lycanthropy before the Christians arrived, and the folklore of the area was appropriated and modified in order to suit the new establishment. This is possible, especially since, according to the Leabhar Na H-Uidhi the druids that lived there practiced shapeshifting traditions.
This is supported by another tale: It is said that in Ireland, lycanthropy was hereditary, and that those of certain lineages could shift into faelad, that is, wolf-shapes. The most famous of these lycanthropes were of the Laignech Faelad, otherwise known as “The Wolf Men of Tipperary.” These were fearsome warriors who, howling like wolves, fought for the ancient kings of Ireland, and were every bit as fierce and ferocious as the beasts they assumed the shape of. They lived in remote areas, and unlike the werewolves of Ossory, they could turn into wolves whenever they wanted!
However… whether or not these inspired the tales from Ossory and such, I’m afraid I don’t know.
Ireland has such rich folklore and beautiful art, I cannot even begin to start praising it properly. So, for the understatement of the year: Irish stuff is cool. You ought to go check some of it out. In fact, here’s some books for you to look into, that helped me in making this:
The books of Durrow, Dimma and, of course, Kells,
The Wonders of Ireland – P.W. Joyce
159 Celtic Designs — Amy L. Lusebrink
Celtic Beasts — Courtney Davis
Celtic Design: Animal Patterns — Adrian Meehan
Werewolves —Dr. Bob Curran
Werewolves — Zachary Graves
The Beast Within —Adam Douglas
The Werewolf in Lore and Legend —Montague Summers
The Complete Book of Werewolves —Leonard Ashley
True Werewolves of History — Donald F. Glut
Werewolves: The Occult Truth – Konstantinos
The Werewolf Book —Brad Steiger
This is one of my very favorite pieces, but apparently it’s been posted to Tumblr before, without linking back to my gallery. That’s a big ol bummer. BUT, a couple of people tracked me down despite the lack of citation… and THAT is really cool.
Edit: For more Celtic werewolf art, please see this: http://lycantherapy.tumblr.com/post/40774986871/this-is-an-image-i-made-for-my-friend-wolfsjal-in
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I figured I’d share one of my favorite (and most stolen) pieces, because Irish werewolves are the best werewolves, and Irish saints do the most werewolfy things XD
Well, all you werewolves out there, the moon is full! And while this full moon is more commonly called the Worm Moon, some of the Algonquin tribe, as well as some colonial Americans, called it the Crow Moon, because the cawing of crows indicated winter’s end.
(Info from Star Trails Navajo: A Different Way to Look at the Night Sky By Don Childrey and The Moon Book: Fascinating Facts about the Magnificent, Mysterious Moon By Kim Long)
After removing the text, this is the cover of the seventh chapter of my webcomic, Eldritch, which can be read on deviantart: http://nashoba-hostina.deviantart.com/art/Eldritch-chapter-1-cover-109966663 or Blogspot: http://eldritchcomic.blogspot.com/
There’s a lot of room for improvement, but it’s not too bad.
For a larger version, please visit the DA upload and click the download button on the right: http://nashoba-hostina.deviantart.com/art/Werewolf-Anatomy-437353339
This is a composite of several different images for a project I’ve been working on for a while. Anatomy studies, woo!
Well, folks, it’s both Valentine’s Day AND a full moon! You know what means? No, it doesn’t mean that you folks have to listen to me scream about Lupercalia again; it means it’s time for you to go find yourself the werewolf of your dreams! Go get ‘em guys!
As for me, it’s just me and the moon tonight.
Edit: Tumblr knows me too well.