What are the evil origins of 3:00 am?
March 6, 2010 2:21 AM Subscribe
Looking for real citations about the folklore behind "the hour of the wolf".
posted by Roman Graves to Society & Culture (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Working on a research paper. I'm aware the the hour of the wolf is considered to be 3:00 am, and is referenced several times throughout popular media as an evil hour (the Bergman film, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Emily Rose, etc.) for various reasons. I'm sure that at one point while researching this in the past, I found credible sources tying the idea to pre-industrial sleep patterns when people would sleep in shorter cycles and often be awake at this hour, left alone with darkness and their own thoughts. Now, I find bupkis. It seems to be one of those things that just became a collective idea, but I'm almost sure I've seen citable material on this. Hive mind, can you help me get to the bottom of this cultural notion?