Pinning for future reference because I bet this will be significant in the Magnus Chase books. (Also, the name Fenrir ring any bells? *cough* *Fenrir Greyback AKA evil werewolf* *cough* *from Harry Potter* *cough* *JKR knows her root words and names*)
Werewolf Legends [Infographic]
Werewolves have dominated legends and myths for hundreds of years. This infographic details their origins from around the world and explores the differences in werewolves culturally.
A werewolf, also known as a lycanthrope (from the Greek λυκάνθρωπος lykánthropos: λύκος, lykos, "wolf", and ἄνθρωπος, anthrōpos, "man"), is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf or a therianthropic hybrid wolf-like creature, either purposely or after being placed under a curse or affliction (e.g. via a bite or scratch from another werewolf). Early sources for belief in lycanthropy are Petronius and Gervase of Tilbury.
Semargl or Simargl is a deity or mythical creature in East Slavic mythology. An idol of Semargl was present in the pantheon of Great Prince Vladimir I of Kiev. It may be the equivalent of Simurgh in Persian mythology who is also represented like a griffin with a dog body.
Wulver- Scottish folklore: a wolf headed man like creature. It wasnt a werewolf nor was it ever a human. It was an immortal, solitary being. It enjoyed fishing. It wasnt bad towards people, but if you messed with him he would mess with you.