(urth) fifth head owlet- wolf

David Stockhoff dstockhoff at verizon.net
Tue Mar 26 20:06:06 PDT 2013

I have no idea, but I'm pretty sure owls don't eat wolves, even wolf 
pups (though I suppose they could). I did a cursory search and didn't 
find any discussion of wolves eating their or other wolves' young. But I 
did find the following in the Medieval Bestiary (http://bestiary.ca):

Prostitutes are called she-wolves (/lupae/) because they lay waste their 
lover's riches.

Huh. Tuck that away somewhere . . .

Also, Pan (of the pipes) is the master of wolves/werewolves.

On 3/26/2013 12:41 AM, Marc Aramini wrote:
> The opening quote, about the ivy tod being heavy with snow and the owlet whooping to a wolf below that eats the she wolf's young, has always seemed a bit ambiguous.  The opening scene involves David making noises with the pan pipes.  Is this like the owl whooping to the wolfe, number five, who will one day kill another wolfe as his own father has consumed his free life and taken the life of his originator? The only other mention of an owl is when maitre in VRT is called an owl.  There are forty seven pan pipes and later the prisoner forty seven taps on the pipes to communicate with VRT.  He is a political prisoner.
> Does the wolf eat the young of its mother in the quote?  (Number four and five et al continually consuming each other- they are wolfes) the quote is certainly not referring to the owl as the consumer of wolves, right?
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