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20 Greatest Wolf Moments in ElfQuest

The Wolfriders are the main company of ElfQuest, and they wouldn’t be Wolfriders without their wolf-friends. Some of the wolves are notable characters in their own right. In fact, certain wolves are as beloved among the fans as the elves themselves.

Here are twenty of the greatest wolf moments from over the decades. How many do you remember? Which ones did we miss?

 

1. Choplicker Bonds with Ember
It doesn’t get cuter or more wondrous than seeing Ember seal the bond with her first wolf-friend, Choplicker.

Ember and Choplicker

 

2. Filcher Steals Cutter’s Boot
The aptly name Filcher lives up to his name in this hilarious and true-to-life scene from Final Quest issue #1.

Filcher Steals

 

3. Blackfell Carries Bearclaw’s Body
One of the most somber moments in ElfQuest is the ending of the tale of Bearclaw’s final battle, with his wolf Blackfell bearing his lifeless body into the dark forest.

Blackfell Bearclaw

 

4. Tiptail Panics
There is something equally endearing and heart-breaking about Pike’s wolf’s fear of Winnowill’s shapechanged monsters. If you’ve ever had a pet whose anxiety you just couldn’t soothe, you can relate to this scene. You just want to comfort poor Tiptail and tell him it’s going to be ok.

Tiptail Runs

 

5. Leafchaser Warms Goodtree
The treeshaping Wolfrider is kept warm by the thick fur of her wolf-friend Leafchaser in this gorgeous winter scene from the 1990 ElfQuest Calendar.

Goodtree and Leafchaser

 

6. Warfrost Needs Attention
The best part of this scene from Kings of the Broken Wheel is not reading between lines of Cutter and Skywise’s conversation (although that’s pretty delicious), it’s Warfrost demanding scratchies.

Warfrost Needs Scratchies

 

7. Shadowsheen Tackles Bearclaw
Don’t mess with Joyleaf–or her devoted wolf Shadowsheen–in this pivotal scene from the Wolfrider story.

Shadowsheen

 

8. Scratchbark and Clicktooth Kill Peace Hound
The monstrous Peace Hounds got the best of Treestump and Clearbrook’s wolves during the Shards war . . . but not for long.

Scratchbark Clicktooth Peace Hound

 

9. Lashpaw Returns
Lashpaw has the distinction of being the only wolf to have an entire issue of ElfQuest dedicated to him. Hidden Years #1 tells of Lashpaw’s exile, near-fatal illness, an elf-friend who wouldn’t give up on him, and his triumphant return to the pack.

Strongbow and Lashpaw

 

10. Scrabble Helps Scouter
Scrabble helped a wounded Scouter escape death at the hands of Lehrigen in the Wild Hunt storyline, despite being mortally wounded himself. That’s the depth of the bond between Wolfrider and wolf-friend.

Scrabble Scouter

 

11. The Pack Gets a Cover
The entire wolfpack got its own back cover in issue #12 of the Original Quest, and it was epic.

The Wolfpack

Here is the “who’s who” naming the wolves and matching them to their elf-friends, which appeared in the letter pages of issue #15.

Wolfpack Cover ID

 

12. Holdfast Survives
Holdfast survived the death of his littermates, and was saved by Cutter (with a little help from Timmain). It was a wonderful reminder to celebrate individual victories, however small, even in spite of larger challenges.

Holdfast Survives

 

13. Starjumper Goofs Off
Good old Starjumper was longer-lived and seemed a bit more clever than most wolves–the perfect match for Skywise!

Starjumper Goofs

 

14. Timmain Discovers the Pack
This atmospheric scene from the 2000 ElfQuest “Greatest Moments” Calendar depicts firstcomer Timmain observing the wolves that would become the key to a decision that changed the nature of her people forever.

Timmain Wolfpack

 

15. Patience Feeds Tyleet
Patience was a timid, low-ranking wolf in the pack. Though she wasn’t the most exciting or adventurous wolf, she was totally devoted to her elf-friend, and put herself in harm’s way more than once to help Tyleet.

Patience Feeds Tyleet

 

16. Briersting Attacks
Briersting: badass name, badass wolf. Briersting gives Guttlekraw’s trolls a snarling warning to stay back–a warning he is fully capable of following through on–in this intense battle scene from the Original Quest.

Briersting Attacks

 

17. Windchaser Gets Rescued
Bearclaw rescued Cresent’s wolf-friend Windchaser from a horrific death at the hands of superstitious humans.

Windchaser's Rescue

 

18. Longshanks Makes the Ultimate Sacrifice
Longshanks was the alpha male in Chieftess Ember’s wolf pack, and Dewshine’s wolf-friend. Though fierce, he lost his life to venomous shape-changed monsters in an effort to save the Wolfriders.

Longshanks dies

 

19. Nightrunner Says Goodbye
We all cried when Cutter said his final farewell to Nightrunner. Yet, it perfectly embodied everything that’s right with the Wolfriders’ Way.


Nightrunner's farewell

 

20. The Pack Howls
The Wolfriders and wolves alike renewed their bond through the age-old tradition of the wolfsong before setting out to follow Cutter on his Quest.

The Howl


11 Comments

  1. Richard Pini

    Richard Pini on April 22, 2015

    This is a wonderful “calendar pages falling like autumn leaves” recap. No matter how close one is to Elfquest – and I could make an argument that there’s only one person in the world who’s closer than me – having a concentrated dose of wolfishness like this is heartwarming and heartstring-tugging all at once.

  2. Thanks for the opportunity to contribute!

  3. Overall, a great list, Thornbrake. There are at least 5 others that I would have included, for a list of 25 great wolf moments. They are:
    21: When Nightrunner saves Cutter from drowning and wakes him up from his feverish sleep
    22: When Nightrunner attacks Nonna to protect Cutter
    23: When Cutter unwraps Choplicker in the Forbidden Grove and smells Ember
    24: When Nightrunner absconds with Leetah
    25: When Skywise has to kill Starjumper. (I cannot for the life of me remember what issue that is.)

    I think I’d also have included the scene in issue 5 where the elves call the wolves into the village in place of the peace hound moment in your list.

  4. Great list. I love Warfrost demanding scratchies! I’ve never seen the calendar images – any chance of posting more of them?

  5. You picked some great moments too Wolffpup! I made the decision to only feature a wolf one time, so that meant a very difficult challenge deciding which of the MANY awesome moments featuring Nightrunner and Starjumper to include and which to leave out.

    But one of the fun parts of this post is that I went into it knowing that I wouldn’t included EVERY great moment and I wanted readers to pick their own that I didn’t include.

    The wolves descending from the mountains for the zwoot hunt is definitely an amazing one.

  6. This is beautiful! I loved both elves and wolves before I started reading Elfquest, but since then they’ve always been my favourite versions of elves and wolves. They’re intelligent and loyal and wild and full of personality, and usually beautifully drawn, especially by Wendy. I assume they’re very much like real life wolves, but we see this more clearly because of the bond they have with the Wolfriders, something that no human can truly match. They share blood after all, as well as a telepathic bonding. Out of the moments listed above, my favourites are Ember bonding with Choplicker and ( horrible as it is at the same time ) Cutter saying farewell to Nightrunner. One moment I’d like to add is the scene from Wild Hunt where Ember retells how Choplicker went off to die, and found a cubling Patch for his elf’s new wolf friend. So sad and so hopeful at the same time, one bond and one life come to their natural end, peacefully, and new life and a new bond, not replacing the old one, but making Ember complete again in a different way. ( Interesting how Teir could know which wolf cub would be Ember’s perfect match! )

    • That IS a great one, Shadesong. I came very close to including it, but since I’d already included one of Choplicker and also of Nightrunner’s farewell, I decided to leave it to other fans to call it out.

      Here’s the scene, from the Wild Hunt storyline, of Choplicker’s end and Patch’s beginning:

      http://elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/index.php?s=WH&p=89

  7. … Hey, aren’t the wolfpack part elf? what happens to them when the palace leaves? What about their spirits? Just how much Elf-awareness do they have? Do I remember from somewhere that a wolfrider finding his or her wolf is akin to recognition?

  8. Owlflight, the wolves aren’t part elf. This idea was explored in the Blood of Ten Chiefs novels, but Wendy recently confirmed that if the wolves had any elfblood in those early days, it has long since been diluted and bred out so that today, in the time of the Final Quest, the wolves are just plain old wolves.

  9. But…it can’ t be always happy, remember the Scene when Treestump has found Trollhammer laying dead on the Ground and wounded Brierstning in the Background makes my Heart ache because I love Wolves.

  10. I just want to mention a Scene wich really moved me.

    It is when Cutter and his Tribe are wandering through the Dessert and the young Chief shares his Water with his Wolf Nightrunner. That is something I would do too.

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