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The wolf appears frequently in English coats of arms. Despite its negative connotations in medieval exempla, where it stood as a metaphor for greed, in heraldry it signified strength, rapacity and cunning.


Wolves are depicted as greedy, threatening predators in tales and stories like "Little Red Riding Hood", "The Three Little Pigs", and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. In modern times, the wolf faces persecution from humans who perceive it as a voracious, greedy pest.


According to the legendary origins of Rome, Romulus and Remus, the mythic founders of the city, were reared by a she-wolf. In the wild, a lone wolf is one who has been driven from the pack while the term "lone wolf" describes a person who prefers to live independently.


In Norse mythology, Fenrir is a wolf of enormous strength - the child of the god Loki and the giantess Angrboda. Fearing a prophecy that Fenrir would one day destroy the world, the gods locked him in a cage.

wolf is also a symbol of intelligence, tenacity, swiftness, perseverance, courage, danger.