#411 “Gaelic Wonder”

From Hannah in Chattanooga, Tennessee

In November of last year, Hannah graciously sent me an email with a number of stunning wolf portraits attached. Now a local college student, Hannah said that the works were ones that she had drawn/painted during her high school years and that she had plenty of others (which she referred to as “mostly crap”… yeah, right, Hannah). I couldn’t believe it; I was absolutely blown aware by the treasure trove of lupine glory that spanned out before me. Each piece was more glorious than the previous, and I couldn’t wait to share them with the world. However, I restrained myself and decided to slowly reveal them one at a time. So, without further ado, I present to you another stirring piece from a talented young artist who is surely destined for greatness.

Also, since Hannah’s email address employs the monicker “gaelicwolf,” I thought it only fitting to provide the information below which details a few Gaelic words that are often used in reference to wolves:

Mactíre (son of the land) and madra allta (wild dog) are the current terms, but the Irish Gaelic for “wolf-hound” is cú faoilFaol is an old word for “wolf” and is found in the surname Ó Faoláin (Phelan, Whalen). The term ‘faolchú’ is also used for ‘wolf’.

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