According to H. Rink’s Tales and Traditions of the Eskimo, in the barren lands of the Arctic lives a Great Wolf called Amarok. Monstrous and bear-like in features, it surveys its prey from afar with piercing gold eyes. If threatened, its wrath is fierce and terrible. It hunts alone.
Legend tells of a young boy born with excess bones, ones with cracks and splinters and bruises, a weakness for which he was shunned by his family. Wishing to strengthen himself, the boy prayed to Amarok, who appeared and with its tail struck the boy to the ground, knocking the excess bones from his body. “These bones have prevented your growth. Now you are free of them,” said the mighty Amarok and bade the boy return to improve his strength. Day after day, the boy returned to wrestle Amarok, until he became strong enough to win his family’s respect. Once more, the boy set out to thank the Amarok, but found he had lost his way — memories of why he had left disappeared like a whisper in the wind. He returned home, not knowing he had gone, and never thought of Amarok again.
Amarok | \'a-ma-rock\’ | noun
1. a monstrous, bear-like wolf from the lands of the Arctic
2. from which nothing remains concealed