BTW the norse understand wolfmen since the dawn of time.
Perhaps the most characteristic inhabitant of the utangardhs was the wight called the vargr. This term
means wolf," though it. has a more brutal connotation than the standard ulfr; it was also used colloquially
to mean "outlaw," which may have been its original sense. Etymologically it is connected to u-argr,
"restless,"3 which should at once lead the mind back to Odhinn. The heaviest form of outlawry was called
skoggangr ("forest-going"); one who had been outlawed was a forest-man or an outlying man, the latter
term being used for any wight who lived outside the bounds of society, whether as outlaw, robber, or
uncanny being. The term utilegja ("lying out") is also related to the sitting-out of seidh-magic4 (see
Chapter 14). The outlaw, being outside of the gardhn had ceased to be human; he is "wod-freka
werewulf"-the fury-greedy werewolf- in the laws of Canute wulf-heafod (wolf's head) among the AngloSaxons.
It is obvious that the vargr (outlaw) is closely related to and frequently the same as the vargr
(ravening wolf). He is, in fact, often a skin-changer or a berserker. (The vargr is almost always a he in the
stories-although women often have wolf-fylgur, they ordinarily ride on their backs rather than putting on
their skins, and only one vague poetic reference to a female berserker exists.)5 The Volsunga Saga
describes how Sigmundr and Sinfjotli become outlaws for a time, when Sigmundr wishes to test the
strength of his son, and how the two of them find a house in which other outlaws are sleeping with
wolfskins hung over their heads. The Volsungs steal the skins and put them on, turning into wolves, and
go forth from there to kill some more travellers. By putting on the skin of an animal in company with the
proper ritual, one can either fare forth in its shape or draw the fylgja-mind into Post too long. Click here to view the full text.