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What is a Werewolf?





A werewolf, or lycanthrope in folklore and mythology is a person who shapeshifts into a wolf. This is either done purposely by using magic or it has been done to the person such as being placed under a curse.


The medieval chronicler Gervase of Tilbury associated the transformation with the appearance of the full moon, but this concept was rarely associated with the werewolf until the idea was picked up by modern fiction writers.


Most modern references agree that a werewolf can be killed if shot by a silver bullet, although this is more a reflection of fiction's influence than an authentic feature of the folk legends. A werewolf can be killed by complete destruction of heart or brain; silver isn't necessary. Werewolves are sometimes held to become vampires after death.



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