Hour of the wolf

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In popular culture, the hour of the wolf is "the hour between night and dawn"[1] during which the wolf is said to lurk outside people's doors, usually cited as between 3 and 5 AM. It is often referenced in works of literature, music, film and television.

In popular culture

The marketing tagline for a 1968 Ingmar Bergman horror film entitled Hour of the Wolf reads:

"The Hour of the Wolf is the hour between night and dawn. It is the hour when most people die, when sleep is deepest, when nightmares are most real. It is the hour when the sleepless are haunted by their deepest fear, when ghosts and demons are most powerful. The Hour of the Wolf is also the hour when most children are born."[2]

It is also the title of the ongoing science fiction radio program hosted by Jim Freund, named after Ingmar Bergman's movie.

In an episode of the science fiction television show Babylon 5 entitled "The Hour of the Wolf", Commander Susan Ivanova says:

"Have you ever heard of the hour of the wolf? ... It's the time between 3:00 and 4:00 in the morning. You can't sleep, and all you can see is the troubles and the problems and the ways that your life should've gone but didn't. All you can hear is the sound of your own heart."[3]

In an episode of the fantasy television series Game of Thrones entitled "Garden of Bones", Tyrion Lannister chides his cousin Lancel, whom he knows has been sleeping with Tyrion's sister, the queen regent, saying, "Cersei must have great trust in you, allowing you into her chamber during the hour of the wolf."


Elnur Hüseynov

"Hour of the Wolf" is the Azerbaijani entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 sung by Elnur Hüseynov. It will compete in the second semi-final on 21 May 2015.

The Hassles

"Hour of the Wolf" is the album & title track of a 1969 album by The Hassles. Since the band failed to tour in the U.S., little air time was given to the group by the typical AM broadcast stations.[no citations needed here] The twelve-minute song also featured members of the group howling like wolves, significantly reducing the chance of it being played on the radio.Template:Or In the underground rock culture, the title song was a favorite of Clyde Clifford, the famous DJ and host of Beaker Street for KAAY, the "Mighty 1090" of Little Rock, Arkansas.[no citations needed here]

Ave Maris Stella

The Hour of the Wolf, "the time of utter suspension when nocturnal sounds have ceased and those of day not yet begun", begins and concludes Ave Maris Stella (Hail, Star of the Sea), a 1975 composition for chamber ensemble by the English composer Peter Maxwell Davies. Davies exploits the tension between the moment of birth and of death in the piece by concluding with "a searing cry".[4]


Hour of the Wolf is also the name of a 1975 album by Steppenwolf.

Oingo Boingo

The Oingo Boingo song "No One Lives Forever" contains lyrics referencing this time: "Let’s have a party, there’s a full moon in the sky/ It’s the hour of the wolf and I don’t wanna die".


The crust punk/D-beat band Wolfbrigade released in 2008 an album called Comalive, on which the first track's name is "The Hour of the Wolf". The intro of this track features a voice-over, reading the marketing tagline for the Ingemar Bergman film, mentioned above.

Grandfather Clock

Chicago doom-punk trio Grandfather Clock have a song titled "Hour of the Wolf" on their 2011 Tarot EP. The song's lyrics are loosely connected to the plot of Ingmar Bergman's film.[no citations needed here]


The song "Varg Timmen" on the album Trä by Swedish folk band Hedningarna means 'hour of the wolf'.[5]


The Norwegian band released the track "The Hour of the Wolf" in their last self-titled album (2008) http://oligarki.net/madrugada/lyric/the-hour-of-the-wolf

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