Originally posted by Thornbrake on April 22nd, 2015
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 exceptional wolf moments from over the decades. (Click on each image to view a larger version.)
2. These Boots Were Made for Snitching (Final Quest #1)
The aptly-named Filcher lives up to his name in this hilarious and true-to-life incident. (We don’t know how it is elsewhere but here in real life, pups just love to steal slippers. Who says art doesn’t imitate life?)
3. Back Into the Deep Woods (Original Quest #4)
It is one of the most somber moments in ElfQuest: the ending of the tale of Bearclaw’s final battle, with his wolf Blackfell bearing his lifeless body into the dark forest. We’ve never been entirely certain there wasn’t something … other … about Blackfell.
4. Tiptail Panics (Hidden Years #25)
There is something equally endearing and heart-breaking about Pike’s wolf’s fear of Winnowill’s shapechanged monsters. If you’ve ever lived with 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.
5. The Warmth of a Wolf
Goodtree, the plant-shaping Wolfrider ancestor, is kept warm by the thick fur of her wolf-friend Leafchaser in this gorgeous — and spooky — winter scene from the 1990 ElfQuest Calendar. (Just where are those chills coming from?
9. The Prodigal Returns (Hidden Years #1)
Lashpaw has the distinction of being the only wolf to have most of an entire issue of ElfQuest dedicated to him. It is the tale of Lashpaw’s exile, near-fatal illness, the elf-friend who wouldn’t give up on him, and his triumphant return to the pack.
11. The Pack Gets a Cover (Original Quest #12)
The entire wolfpack got its own back cover in issue #12 of the Original Quest, and it was epic. Here also is the “who’s who” naming the wolves and matching them to their elf-friends, which appeared in the letter pages of a later issue.
15. Breaking the Rules (Hidden Years #19)
Patience was a timid, low-ranking wolf in the pack. She wasn’t the most exciting or adventurous wolf, but she was totally devoted Tyleet. More than once she put herself in harm’s way to help her elf-friend. A wolf should share food with the pack first, but Patience had a higher loyalty.
16. Briersting Attacks (Original Quest #15)
Briersting: a badass name for a badass wolf. Strongbow‘s wolf-friend gives Guttlekraw’s trolls a snarling warning to stay back – a warning he is fully capable of following through on – in the midst of intense battle between elves and trolls in the Frozen Mountains.
20. The Allliance Renewed (Original Quest #9)
It is a ritual nearly as ancient as the Wolfriders themselves. Elves and wolves periodically reaffirm their bond of trust and brotherhood through the age-old tradition of the wolfsong. Here, all come together once again before setting out to follow Cutter on his fateful Quest.