…That is, “The Other Side of the Pond”! By this I am specifically referencing reports of hairy wild men reported in places other than here in the United States, specifically Europe and Russia. My interest in this subject, from a folkloric perspective, stemmed from recently coming across the term “Woose”, which refers to a particular breed of Bigfoot-like creature common to C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series. The term “Woose” actually is a derivative of an Old English term, Woodwose, which was used to describe wild men seen in throughout Europe during the middle ages.
ABOVE: A battle with a Woodwose depicted in the Medieval ink drawing “The Fight in the Forest”.
Popular imagery associated with the “Wildman of the Woods” as a mythological figure was prevalent in the artwork and literature of medieval Europe, especially in the art of painters and engravers like Martin Schongauer and Albrecht D