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Faolan sometimes uses Old Wolf words.

terms used by the wolves, and sometimes the bears and owls, of the Beyond.


Ahhoooooo garrooo!

(v.) Old Wolf for "Summon your marrow"


(adj.) Barren. Also the name of a MacHeath Obea.

  • "Airmead" could come from the Irish word "aimrid" meaing sterile.



(adj.) A minor wolf curse, one of the few known curses of the wolves of the Beyond.


(n.) A "blind" wolf constellation, that looks like it has one paw outstretched, as if he's hesitating before putting his paw on the earth, thinking the ground will slip away.


(n.) Biliboo is a game played by elder wolves. It is very similar to the human game of chess or mancala.


(n.) Blood Watch Wolf.


(n.) A long, flowing group of wolves, mostly a hunting formation. It is also a traveling formation when wolves are exploring new territory.


(v.) The wolf word for "deeply away". This is when a pregnant she-wolf escapes the clan afraid of birthing a malcadh.



(adj.) The wolf term meaning "tainted meat", since tainted meat is said to make one who eats it go insane, it can also mean crazy, insane, or mad. Also referred to as crazy.

  • Cag-mag could come from the Irish words "Cag" meaning crow or jackdaw and "mag" meaning paw, altogether translating to "Crow paw"


(n.) The wolf word for the old, sick and/or weak member of a herd of caribou, deer, or moose. The herd member who is usually hunted down in a byrrgis.

  • Cailleach derives from the Irish word of the same spelling, meaning "witch"


(n./adj.) One of the few known wolf curses.

Carreg Gaer

(n.) The term for the pack where the clan chieftain lives.

  • The term "Carreg Gaer" could come from the Irish word "Carraig" meaning stone, and "Gaer", a Welsh word meaning fort, all together meaning Stone Fort.

Cave of Souls

(n.) The wolf heaven, where the souls of dead wolves go if they are good.

Ceilidh fyre

(n.) What the wolves call lightning, also known as "The dance of sky fire". Skreeleens read the ceilidh fyre.

  • "Ceilidh fyre" could come from "Ceilidh" an Irish word for a dance festival, while "fyre" is just fire with a "y". Altogether this means Dance Festival of Fire.


(n.) The leader of a clan.


(v.) An owl word that means to laugh something off or take it lightly. Mhairie yells this at Faolan after he messes up in the byrrgis.


(n./adj.) A term referring to a wolf or wolves who are no longer considered true clan wolves; wolves who are declared crait are then banished from the Beyond to the Outermost.

  • "Crait" seems to come from "cráite", meaning agonized or tormented.


(n.) A fight to the death between two animals. Usually used in the Outermost.


(n.) The wolf word for "a mound of bones" other than drumlyn.

  • Could come from "carn", the Irish word for a pile.


Dim World

(n.) What the wolves of the Beyond call Hell


(n.) A memorial made from bones to honor an animal that has died. It is most likely based off of the Irish word drumlin that means ridge.


(n.)Old Wolf for "ruler of the world". Katria's mate was named Donaidh.



(v.) The last words of the great Fengo.



Animals with firesight have the ability to see things in fires.

(n.) The ability to look into a fire and see things inside it. An owl word.

Foaming-Mouth Disease

(n.) Rabies; a disease spread by biting or scratching in which the victim loses its mind, its toes spread wide apart, and it foams at the mouth; there is no cure and the wolf dies.The only survivor of the foaming-mouth disease is a cag-mag (crazy) wolf that lives in the Pit. Other wolves are sent to him to get the disease if they do something wrong. The cag mag wolf's name is Old Cags.

Free Runner

(adj.) The term for a gnaw wolf who was born clanless in the wild and left to die by its mother. They are allowed to participate in the gaddergnaw. Also, Edme freed herself from the MacHeaths, becoming a free runner.



(n.) The pack rally that precedes the hunt of big game.


(n.) A ceremonial cave for meetings of grave matters.


(n.) A ceremonial game that happens about every several years or so where gnaw wolves of different clans compete to become part of the Sacred Watch. Normally has one winner, occasionally (like in the case of Faolan and Edme) the Gaddergnaw has two winners, but never from the same clan.


(?) A meeting in which business matters of the Watch are discussed.


(n.) Wolves in charge of training for the gaddergnaw.

  • Gadder seems to be an old Irish word for a dog.


(v.) The howl known for grief and mourning. Faolan was glaffing in the epilouge of Watch Wolf, while building a drumlyn for Morag.

  • Glaffing could come from the Irish word "gubhach" meaning mourning, but that's a bit of a stretch.

Gnaw wolf

(n.) A malcadh who has survived the tummfraw and made it back to the pack. They become the lowest-ranking and most abused wolf in a pack.


(n.) A bad owl trying to steal the Ember of Hoole so that they can use it for evil ways.

Great Chain

(n.) A symbolic link for the wolves to the things of heaven and earth.


(v.) An old wolf word meaning "to fret".


(n.) A special song or verse of a song.


(n.) A past life that a wolf has had.

Gyre Soul

(n.) A soul that has lived multiple lives of its choice in different forms.



(adj.) The ancient wolf word meaning "to leap". Hamish was named for this word.


(n.) A chamber or cave.


(adj.) The spirit of the pack.



(n.) The code of honor between hunter and prey. The hunter would gaze into the dying prey's eyes, sink into a submissive posture, know the life wasn't a waste, and let the prey know that its life will nourish and sustain you. It is so sacred that even the owls of Ga'Hoole have a lochinvyrr competion on Balfire Night.


(n.) Ancient mist or reincarnation; also the term used for the spirit of a dead wolf. Faolan is a reincarnation of the first Fengo. Examples are everywhere except in Lone Wolf.

  • "Lochin" is an Irish word meaning "small lake".

Loc na mhuice

(n.) One of the few known curse words. It is used to describe a stupid idea or being.

  • "Loc na mhuice" comes from the Irish words "loc" meaning "lake", and "mhuice" meaning "pigs". So "Loc na mhuice" means "lake of the pigs".


(n.) The wolf leader of a single pack within a clan.


(n.) The first wolf, the wolf spirit who lives in the Cave of Souls, and helps good wolves reach the cave.


(v.) When a wolf would begin to climb the spirit trail.



(n./adj.) Means "cursed one"; a wolf who was born with a deformity and taken by the Obea to a tummfraw to die.

  • Malcadh could come from the Irish word "mallacht" which means "cursed".


(n./adj.) One of the few known wolf curses, offensive to gnaw wolves; means "Crow scat".

  • Mhuic seems to come from the Irish word of the same spelling which means "pig".


(n./adj.) One of the few known wolf curses, and the most offensive one there is.

Moon Blinked 

(n./adj.) Moon blinking is when an owl is forced to sleep beneath the shine of the full moon, which destroys the owl's free will. It is only dangerous when the owl is forced to sleep, while flying or walking under the full shine does not harm the owl at all. If the owl repeats certain information (such as its name) over and over again while doing this, the owl will forget that piece of information. Moon blinking can be resisted by thinking of things that are good and pure such as the legends of Ga'Hoole. (Added by itsparker)

Moon Rot

(n.) The shadow cast during the day by the previous night's moon. It is believed to be a bad omen.


(n.) A ceremony for a dead chieftian. Gnaw wolves are not allowed to join.


(adj.) Pure, edible, sanctified. Mentioned in Shadow Wolf. See lochinmorrin.

Myrr glosch

(n.) Old Wolf words meaning "small miracle". It is the word Myrrglosch was named after.



(n.) The rankless, sterile, she-wolf responsible for seeking malcadhs and taking them to a tummfraw to die.


(n.) An often violent wolf or wolves who have been declared crait by the elite wolves of the Sacred Watch and banished from the Beyond to the Outermost; well-known for their violence and cannibalism.Sometimes they kill eachother for sport and will sometimes eat the wolves they kill.


(n.) The rank of a strong, quick she-wolf in a byrrgis. They run in the front at first to get to the prey and then fall in the back as the male wolves go for the kill because they have powerful strength in their legs.



(adj.) For two wolves to be bound as mates, much like being married.



(n.) The council of higher-ranking wolves.


(n.) What Outclanners and Outermost wolves call their packs or groups.



(n.) Old Wolf word for witch. The Sark of the Slough was given this name because some wolves thought her to be dabbling in witchcraft.


(n.) The tiny mirrorlike membrame in the back of a wolf's eye. It will fog up just before a wolf goes by-lang.

  • "Scathan" could come from the Irish word "scáthán" meaning "mirror".


(n.) A story written by an owl on a piece of paper. Seen in Spirit Wolf.

Slaan boladh

(v./adj.) Old Wolf word meaning,"until the next scent post," a sort of good bye.

  • Slaan boldadh comes from the Irish word "slán" meaning goodbye, while "boladh" means smell.

Slink melf

(n) A hunting group formed to hunt an animal that is a danger to the clan. Or, in the case of the MacHeaths, to kill other wolves. Used by MacNamara clan to go through water quickly. Also used in Star Wolf.

Skaars Dance

(n./v.) A despicable ritual started during the famine in Frost Wolf in which wolves basically dance for death, thinking that Skaarsgard will come down to earth for them; wolves who participate soon die of starvation and exhaustion. It is considered a disease because of how it spreads to others. It was led by "The Prophet", who was revealed to be Liam MacDuncan, the Chieftain of the MacDuncan clan.


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The practice of Skaars dancing spread like wildfire and brought devastation to the Beyond.

(n.) The lead howler(s) of a pack; skreeleens are the wolves selected to read the ceilidh fyre and to announce the arrival of nearby caribou herds and/or other available game in the Beyond.

  • "Skreeleen" could come from the Irish word "scealaí" meaning "storyteller".

Slaan Leat

(v./adj.) A journey of farewell and peace in which winners of the gaddergnaw are required to seek out their tummfraws before they are allowed into the Watch

  • Slaan Leat comes from the Irish "Slán leat" meaning goodbye.

Star Wolves

(n.) The wolves who have died and gone to the Cave of Souls.


(n.) The rank of a gnaw wolf in a byrrgis. The task is to look for the scat and/or urine of the prey to make sure it is strong and healthy.



(n.) Old Wolf for "family" or "the family". The original Fengo had to lead the teaglachen to the new land.

  • "Teaglachan" seems to come from the Irish word "teaghlach" meaning "household" or "family".

Tine smyorfin

(n.) Means "by my marrow".

  • Seems to come from the Irish words "tine" meaning "fire", "smior" meaning "marrow" and "fine" meaning "family". Together, this seems to mean "Fire in my family marrow", however this is only a rough translation.


(n.) The wolf word for teacher. This term is most commonly used for Watch wolves teaching new Watch wolves.


(n.) The jingle sound that a tail-bone makes. Tailbones are worn by Fengos and Watch members.


(n.) A slow, yet steady speed, in which the clicking of the caribou's tendons is still, not a blur of sound as when the caribou run very fast. It is tock-tock speed that caribou use for long distances.


(n.) The place where an Obea leaves a malcadh to die. Winners of the gaddergnaw are required to seek out their tummfraws before they are allowed into the Watch.



(n.) The bear heaven.


(n.) Bear word meaning,"Curse of a rabid bear,". Faolan says this on numerous occasions, often to the surprise of other wolves and one on ocassion his adoptive mother, Thunderheart.



(v.) Old wolf for "hunker down".



(v.) leaping from ice floe to ice floe.



(v.) To be mesmerized by clan scent.