Tearlach MacAngus
Gnaw wolf

General Info

Species: Dire Wolf (Canis Dirus)

Gender: Male


None known


Fur: Unknown

Eyes: Green

Deformity: No ears


Clan: MacAngus Clan

Pack: Unknown


Shadow Wolf, Frost Wolf

Current and Previous Status

Current: Deceased;In the Cave of Souls

Past: Gnaw wolf, malcadh




Excellent hearing


No ears

Tearlach MacAngus was an earless gnaw wolf from the MacAngus clan. He, along with Edme, Heep, Faolan, Creakle, and the "Whistler" attended the gaddergnaw in Shadow Wolf. He lost, and returned back to his old life as a gnaw wolf. Tearlach eventually died from the famine which occurred during Frost Wolf.
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Tearlach had green eyes, a black nose and was missing both of his ears. His fur color is unknown.


None known, but in Frost Wolf he thought he once saw his mother.

Full Profile, Gray Wolf

If Tearlach were alive during the Great Mending, he might've looked like this.


Shadow Wolf

Tearlach first appears at the gaddergnaw. While all the other gnaw wolves are gnawing and talking, he begins to tell the others about rumors of Outclanners slipping across the border of the Beyond and the Outermost, frightening Edme.

Later, he participated in the activity to show dominance over Heep for biting Edme's ear and causing it to bleed. He was the first wolf by Edme's side when Heep bit her. He, like all the other gnaw wolves, also participated in a byrrgis. When Heep was talking to Dunstan MacDuff, one of the high ranking wolves organizing the byrrgis, Tearlach was the first to hear what Heep was saying, which turned out to be a lecture on how 'humble' Heep was and how he was willing to be the sweeper instead of Dunstan's son. He ended up winning fourth place.

Watch Wolf

Tearlach does not make a physical appearance in Watch Wolf, yet he is mentioned by Faolan and Edme when they remember their joyful days of the gaddergnaw.

Frost Wolf

Tearlach was one of the first wolves to die of the famine. He was found with his ears to the ground. Faolan, Edme, and the "Whistler" assumed he was trying to listen to something, and they soon think that perhaps he was listening for a whispering rock. The whispering rocks were said to be nearby, so that may have helped their cause.


Despite the fact that he was missing both his ears, Tearlach heard much more than other wolves. He loved to share what he has heard from other wolves, from gossip to rumors, like how Outclanners were slipping the border, frightening Edme. He was also a very cheerful and determined young wolf. Though, he shows rather a fierce side when showing dominance over Heep at the gaddergnaw.


Tearlach died from the famine in Frost Wolf. When there was little food left, the gnaw wolves were probably given no food, or there wasn't enough for the whole pack, and gnaw wolves are supposed to eat after the other pack members.

After the Fengo, Finbar, tells Faolan and Edme to head to Blood Watch, they decide that since the gnaw wolves would starve to death first, they would round up as many as possible gnaw wolves and take them to the Blood Watch. They decide to get Tearlach first.

When they arrive, they find Tearlach's face into the ground, but not in submission. It appears that Tearlach had been listening to the Whispering Rocks.

Later, when they round up the "Whistler", he explains the Whispering Rocks to Edme, Faolan, and the sisters.


  • Tearlach once thought he saw his mother. He thought it was his mother because if he had ears, they'd be exactly that way.
  • "Tearlach" is Scottish for 'strong'
  • It is pronounced as 'CH-EH-RLaeK'