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A List of 5 Deities Associated with Wolves [With Stories]

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Written by: Tina Caro

We could write books upon books about the rich symbolism of a wolf. Since ancient times, the wolf reincarnated a warrior allegory, the bearer of death and destruction, for many people; totemic animal for the American Indians, up to oriental mythologies, in which the image of the wolf, together with the white doe, has always symbolized the advent of a hero or a high lineage leader.

In our Western culture, the wolf has always been seen as a ferocious and fearful animal that popular tradition identifies as anything but positive.

A wolf’s throat is a cave, a dark cavern, a hellish night. Yet, by studying their behaviors closely, we understand how the wolf is not a very different animal from man. It survives nature both alone and in a pack, and when it mates it practices monogamy until the death of its partner, also showing a tender side in raising its offspring with dedication; in fact, in some civilizations, the wolf appears as a parent or founder of peoples and, as such, associated with the idea of fecundity.

Just think of the legend of Romulus and Remus, the founding twins of Rome. The Turks also trace their origins back to a herd of wolves and Aristotle said that the she-wolf of Leto gave birth to the twins Apollo and Artemis; therefore, the wild beast manages to hide many different values and magic.


Wolves have been both feared and revered in various cultures and mythologies, with some deities and gods associated with them. Here are a few deities commonly linked to wolves:

  1. Fenrir (Norse Mythology): Fenrir is a monstrous wolf in Norse mythology, the offspring of the trickster god Loki. He is destined to bring about Ragnarök, the end of the world, and is often portrayed as a symbol of chaos and destruction.
  2. Skoll and Hati (Norse Mythology): Skoll and Hati are two wolves in Norse mythology who chase the sun and moon across the sky. They are associated with the cosmic events of solar and lunar eclipses.
  3. Lupa (Roman Mythology): Lupa is a Roman deity who is often depicted as a she-wolf and is associated with the nurturing and raising of the legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus.
  4. Apollo (Greek Mythology): In some versions of Greek mythology, the god Apollo is associated with wolves, particularly in his role as a shepherd. He is depicted as tending to the flocks and protecting them from wolves.
  5. Hades (Greek Mythology): Hades, the ruler of the Greek underworld, is occasionally linked to wolves. Cerberus, the three-headed dog guarding the gates of the underworld, has a wolf-like appearance in some interpretations.
  6. Anubis (Egyptian Mythology): Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of mummification and the afterlife, is sometimes associated with jackals or wolf-like creatures. He guides the souls of the deceased.
  7. Lycanthropy (Various Mythologies): The concept of werewolves, humans who transform into wolves, is prevalent in various mythologies and folklore. While not deities themselves, they are associated with the transformative and primal nature of the wolf.

These deities and associations with wolves reflect the diverse cultural interpretations of these creatures, symbolizing qualities such as power, transformation, guardianship, and the cycle of life and death. Wolves often play significant roles in myths and legends, both as symbols and as characters.

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Statue of Greek god Apollo on display in the Walters Art Museum.

Apollo was represented as a beautiful, very tall god, notable above all for his long black curls with bluish reflections, like the pansy petals. He had numerous loves with nymphs or with mortal women.

Apollo changed into a wolf to seduce the nymph Cyrene, daughter of Ipseo and mother of Aristeo; it is also true that Apollo was the son of Latona and that the latter, under the guise of a she-wolf, came from the cold Hyperborean regions (or wolves’ districts, whose sun was the moon).


artemis with a deer
Artemis with a hind, better known as “Diana of Versailles”. Marble, Roman artwork, Imperial Era (1st-2nd centuries CE). Found in Italy

Artemis, as the goddess of the moon and lady of the night, was often also given the name of Hecate, confusing her with the ancient divinity of the lineage of the Titans.

Illuminating the streets at night with the moonlight, she was considered the protector of travelers and their guide, especially in the woods. The woods, however, on moonlit nights, are populated by animals: hares, deer, foxes, and all other woodland animals; for this Artemis was also the goddess of the hunt, accompanied by the nymphs of the woods, the Dryads, and followed by dogs.

She walked the woods, wearing a short dress, a bow, and a quiver. She hunts the beasts but loves and protects them. Her love for the woods, hunting, and free life in the open prevented Artemis from submitting to the marriage bond; like Athena, she disdains marriage and the homage of men and gods.

It is said, however, that once Artemis had fallen in love with a beautiful shepherd, Endymion, who tended to the flocks on Mount Latmo: she went down every night into the cave where the shepherd slept to watch him.

Artemis was represented as a young woman with a delicate and beautiful face, with a bow and quiver and with a short dress; due to her quality as a goddess of the moon, she had a crown of stars on her head or, more often, a crescent moon.

The doe, the dog, the boar, and the wolf were sacred to her among the animals; among the plants, the laurel, the cedar, and the olive tree.


Loki’s brood; Hel, Fenrir and Jörmungandr. The figure in the background is presumably Angrboða.

Loki’s son Fenrir is a giant legendary wolf from Norse mythology. Fenrir’s name, which means “Wolf of the moor”, or “Wolf of the swamp”, is also used metaphorically to indicate giants, compared to wolves in several texts. Fenrir was generated by the union of the god Loki with the giantess Angrboða: the serpent Jormungand and his sister Hel were born with him. He was later raised in the forest of Járnviðr (“iron forest”) by a witch.

Fenrir is a very particular wolf: just like his father, he has a sharp intellect and even manages to speak, thus making himself a strong opponent both physically and mentally.

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Odin’s Geri and Freki

Odin holding his spear Gungnir, sit on his throne while accompanied by his two wolves (Geri and Freki) and his two ravens (Huginn and Muninnhis). Wägner, Wilhelm. 1882.

Geri and Freki (from Old Norse “miser” and “greedy”) are a pair of wolves from Norse mythology, companions of the god Odin. Their existence is attested in the poetic Edda, a collection of Old Norse poems compiled in the 13th century based on previous sources, and in the first part of the prose Edda by writer Snorri.

Gylfaginning tells of how Odin feeds the two wolves meat when he is in Valhalla, because he does not eat it himself since his diet consists only of mead.

The pair of animals have been compared to similar figures found in Greek, Roman, and Vedic mythology, and may also be connected to the beliefs inherent in the Úlfhéðnar, warriors from Norse mythology who dressed in wolf skins.



Morrigan on her throne -by mattforsyth

Morrigan is a complicated goddess since she is the most uncontrollable and powerful aspect of Nature and of woman. She is a difficult figure to understand. She appears in myths as both young and old.

Sometimes he helps a hero and the next time she despises him, marking his death. She is a shapeshifter and can take the form of a crow or wolf and she is also a sorceress, versed in the use of magic, which she often uses to destroy her enemies. But most of all, she is not a single Goddess, she appears in the myths in triple form, as the sisters Macha, Anu, and Badb.

Other deities associated with wolves

FenrirNorse MythologyChaos, Destruction, and ForetellingFenrir is a monstrous wolf, son of Loki, destined to play a role in the events of Ragnarok, the Norse apocalypse.
LupaRoman MythologyNurturing and WildnessLupa is a she-wolf from Roman mythology who nurtured and raised the twin founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus.
WepwawetAncient Egyptian MythologyWar, Death, and ProtectionWepwawet is an ancient Egyptian deity associated with war and death, often depicted as a wolf-headed figure.
Sköll and HatiNorse MythologyChasing the Sun and MoonSköll and Hati are two wolves who pursue the sun and moon respectively in Norse mythology, foretelling their doom.


These are the main deities associated with the wolf. The wolf’s strong energy and determination can be amazing to work with to change your life and channel this kind of energy into yourself!

Tina Caro

Tina Caro is a witch with more than 10 years of experience, a yogi, an astrologer, and a passionate supporter of all things holistic! She’s also an owner of the website Magickal Spot where she discusses a variety of her favorite topics.

Magickal Spot has helped thousands of readers worldwide, and she’s personally worked with hundreds of clients and helped them manifest desires to have a happier and more abundant life.

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