In Norse mythology, Sköll is a wolf that chases the horses Árvakr and Alsviðr, that drag the chariot which contains the sun through the sky every day, trying to eat her. Sköll has a brother, Hati, who chases Máni, the moon. At Ragnarök, both Sköll and Hati will succeed in their quests.
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. Known in their native land as the faoladh or conroicht, their predatory behaviour is typical of the common wolf, not beneath the occasional nocturnal raid .
In Aztec mythology, Mictecacihuatl is Queen of Mictlan, the underworld. Her role is to keep watch over the bones of the dead. She presided over the ancient festivals of the dead, which evolved from Aztec traditions into the modern Day of the Dead after synthesis with Spanish cultural traditions. She is said now to preside over the contemporary festival as well. Mictecacihuatl was represented with a defleshed body and with jaw agape to swallow the stars during the day.
The various names of the norse wolf of the apocalypse: Fenrir (Fen-Dweller), Fenrisúlfr (Fenris Wolf), Hróðvitnir (Fame-Wolf), Vánagandr (The Monster of the river Ván), Sköll (Mockery), Mánagarmr (Moon-garmr), Háti (Hatred)
Claudya S. aka Alector Fencer is a female freelance artist and illustrator living and working in Germany. She spends most of her time travelling around the world with her friends and drawing pictures of the places she has been. Seeing the world gives her most of her inspiration. Her style especially developed because of her alternative lifestyle.
From L'Arte Celta de Victor Gonzalez... Hati and Sköll quote from Gylfaginning... SKÖLL, in norse mythology, is the wolf who chases the sun, and HATI the wolf who chases the moon through the heavens, until the Ragnarök, when they will devour them.