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Mythological Creature; the Amarok, an Inuit wolf of Greenland and other arctic regions – With Therian writing prompt

According to Wikipedia an amarok, or amaroq, is a gigantic wolf, in Inuit mythology. It is said to stalk and devour any person foolish enough to hunt alone at night. Unlike wolves who hunt in packs, amaroks hunt alone.

In the 19th century, Danish geologist and Greenlandic scholar Hinrich Johannes Rink reported that the Greenlandic Inuit hold the word amarok exclusively for this specific, legendary wolf, whereas other Arctic peoples use it to refer to any wolf.

Tales and Traditions of the Eskimo (Inuit)

We know that it is considered derogatory now to use the word Eskimo, but the name of the book we are talking about here is called, Tales and Traditions of the Eskimo, by Hinrich Johannes Rink and it recounts several folk legends that feature the amarok.

According to Wikipedia, in one tale, a persecuted and physically stunted boy seeks to increase his strength. When he calls out to the lord of strength, an amarok appears and wrestles him to the ground with its tail. This causes a number of small bones to fall from the boy’s body. The amarok tells the boy that the bones had prevented his growth; he instructs the boy to return daily in order to develop his strength. After several days of wrestling with the amarok, the boy is strong enough to overcome three large bears, thus gaining him the esteem of his village.

In another story, a man mourning the death of a relative hears reports that an amarok is nearby. He and a family member go in search of the beast.

They find instead her pups, and the mourner kills all of the small wolves. Later, from a cave, they see the adult amarok returning to her pups, carrying a reindeer in her mouth. When the amarok fails to find her offspring, she silently attacks. The killer mourner suddenly collapses.

The amarok, “from which nothing remains concealed,” took the mourner’s soul from his body in retaliation.

*** Important,*** In some tales, a person captures or kills an amarok.

The Amarok in Popular Culture:

Terraria Game

The Amarok is a character in the Terraria game. According to Terraria Wiki, Terraria is a land of adventure! A land of mystery! A land that’s yours to shape, defend, and enjoy. Your options in Terraria are limitless. Are you an action gamer with an itchy trigger finger? A master builder? A collector? An explorer? There’s something for everyone. The Amarok is a HardmodeYoyo which has a chance to inflict the FrostburnDebuff on an Enemy.

Open Source Software

Amarok is a cross-platform free and open-source music player. Amarok is a player for Linux and UNIX, MacOS X and Windows with an intuitive interface. It makes playing the music you love and discovering new music a snap. Features include podcast synchronization, USB mass storage support, and integrated Amazon MP3 store. Check it out if you want to here. **Disclaimer, I have not used the software. I am only recording this as a pop cultural example and influence the Amarok wolf.

German Car sold in Australia – possible release in the US in 2019

According to Wikipedia, the Volkswagen Amarok is a pickup truck produced by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) since 2010. It is a traditional body-on-frame truck with double-wishbone suspension at the front and leaf springs at the rear.

When finding a name for the vehicle, according to Wikipedia, the name ‘Amarok’ was developed and researched by branding agency Interbrand on request from Volkswagen. In addition to Amarok meaning “wolf” in Inuit languages, Interbrand also claims it means “he loves stones” in Romance languages. Amarok also resembles “tomorrow” in the Celtic Irish language. It is also the title of a 1990 record album by musician Mike Oldfield, and the name of a year 2000 album, of the German black metal solo group Nargaroth.

Volkswagen’s association with ‘Wolf’ is referenced in many of its vehicles. Up until the 1980s, the ‘Wolfsburg Crest’, in various guises, was displayed on VW products, the most famous being the Type 1. Until 1964, the Wolfsburg crest badge was placed on the bonnet. The crest also appeared on the steering wheel hubs of many models. Lastly, the Lupo (Italian for Wolf) was named in honour of Wolfsburg, the home of Volkswagen.

Writing Prompt

Amarok hunt alone…..

I recently came across a vine which lead me down the rabbit hole we’re about to discuss. It’s a fascinating thing. I discovered the people who are part of the Therian community. According to the Oxford dictionary;

the·ri·an [ˈTHirēən] NOUN a mammal of the major group Theria, which comprises the marsupials and placentals. ADJECTIVE relating to or denoting therians.

According to Urban Dictionary, short for therianthrope a therian is someone who feels a connection with an animal. Not necessarily an animal from this plane either, although most accepted therians tend to be animals such as wolves or big cats-there are some who believe themselves to be unicorns or other mythical creatures.
The connection the person feels with their animal can range from feeling they have been born into the wrong body (similar to those with gender revelations) to simply a belief that they were an animal in a past life and still retain some memories or behaviors of the animal.
Therians do not claim to physically become the animal they have a connection with, although some do describe “mental shifts” where they feel their whole thought process becomes that of the animals and some even describe having the feeling of phantom tails and the like.

This writing prompts accepts Therianthropes as human…but records them as human + (plus.)

Perhaps their minds have a super human notion or power….and thus I would like to set up a person who considers themselves an Amarok wolf or a person having wolf-like attributes who meets THE legendary Amarok in Alaska. They become friends with each other -though not necessarily close enough to share a pack since Amarok are loners.

Similar to the super human Spiderman we hold so close to our hearts…what does the Therian person possess that sets them up as an equal to the Amarok? What happens when you introduce a love interest?

If you find this article fun and interesting and you decide to expand on this story -let me know how it continues in the comment section below, and as usual…happy writing!

11 thoughts on “Mythological Creature; the Amarok, an Inuit wolf of Greenland and other arctic regions – With Therian writing prompt”

  1. Amazing! Reading your blog all the way from Maldives. Reading articles about cryptids and mythology lead me here – the whole website is absolutely beautiful and very fascinating.

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  2. I used the Amarok music player back in the day when I was running Linux. It was my second-favorite Linux music player after one called “Listen, Just Listen”, which unfortunately became abandonware. This is a thing that happens a lot with small open source projects …

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