- European (culture)
- Troublesome (behaviour)
A wolf that features in the stories of Reynard the fox and is usually trying to catch him. In one story Reynard persuades the wolf to eat a farmers ham instead of himself. Reynard then pretends to be exhausted and collapses on the floor near where there is a farmer. The farmer places some meat on the floor in hope to catch the fox. Ysengrim intervenes and takes the meat for himself. Reynard’s wants pay back and so he suggests that Ysengrim should dangle his tail in icy cold water to catch fish. Eventually the wolf’s tail becomes trapped in ice. Reynard then runs away and catches a priest’s chicken. The pair of them race back to where Ysengrim is to kill him. When they come close, a woman chops off Ysengrim’s tail who then escapes.
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