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Löwen
316-Löwen woge
Other languages: German: Löwenzahn
Hungarian: Oroszlán
Russian: Львиногрив
Spanish: Löwen
Farsi: لوئن
Notables: Dead Leo Taymor
Dead Don Anker
Handcuff Pierce Higgins
Handcuff Don Nidaria
Clement
Jess Reilly
Dead Hedig
Jack
Dead Laszlo Dietrich
Appearances
Comics: Issue 0
Issue 1
Issue 3
Issue 4
Issue 10 (mentioned)
Grimm: The Warlock Issue 1
Grimm: The Warlock Issue 4
Books: The Icy Touch
The Chopping Block (mentioned)
The Killing Time
Aunt Marie's Book of Lore
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Laszlo Dietrich woged in the comic

A Löwen (pronunciation: LØ-vin, Grimm: LOH-win; Germ. Löwe "lion", plural Löwen) is a lion-like Wesen that first appeared in "Last Grimm Standing".

History

The Löwen were once kings of a jungle area somewhere in Africa but were captured and forced to fight in the gladiatorial arena by the ancient Romans. Following their capture, the Löwen at some point began the Löwen Games, where they forced other Wesen to fight to the death; in the modern day, however, this is rare.

Characteristics

Löwen

As depicted in the comic book series

Upon woge, Löwen undergo a fairly significant change. Some male Löwen grow long hanging hair when they woge, while other males grow large bushy manes. Female Löwen have much less hair when they woge and slightly less pronounced features, though some females, such as Maggie Bowden, have facial hair in their woged state.

They are incredibly strong and much faster than humans. They are able to casually overpower and kill humans, and on at least one occasion, Löwen have been able to hold out in a fight with a Grimm. Löwen physical prowess is reputable, so much that when trying to physically enhance her son, Dr. Higgins, a Genio innocuo, chose Löwen DNA to do so. Due to their own powers, Löwen don't fear Drang-Zorn, who are incredibly powerful Wesen. One Löwen was easily able to hold Monroe (although he never got a chance to woge and wasn't at full strength), while a few of them were even able to overpower a Skalenzahne (though notably, they used lassos).

They are capable of lion-like jumps and able to move with incredible stealth, allowing them to sneak up on their victims, much like how actual lions hunt.

They are also incredibly durable creatures, able to withstand incredible force, such as being repeatedly punched in the head by a Grimm or thrown across the room, and recover minutes later.

Löwen have razor sharp claws and teeth. Like actual lions, they generally kill their victims by biting their necks or slashing their throats.

Behavior

They are naturally aggressive, competitive, and violent, and they are also known for having a horrible temper. Despite this, they are still capable of peacefully living amongst humans and having normal lives.

Löwen who do still hold the Games also take the gladiator philosophy seriously for themselves and don't mind dying in combat. According to Monroe, not all Löwen are into the Löwen Games, but all are furious and vicious. In addition, they seem to like to capture and exploit other Wesen, as one was a ringmaster for a Wesen carnival. Löwen are highly carnivorous; according to Monroe, "they will rip off your face, then eat it." This implies some Löwen actually eating humans, though this is considered to be something of the past by more reformed Löwen who only hunt small animals. ("Iron Hans")

Most Löwen do not appear to fear Grimms, as multiple Löwen have shown nothing more than surprise upon realizing Nick is one, although Hedig ran away from Nick when he saw him.

Löwen, particularly males, are natural leaders rather than followers, and this is often observed in their line of work, whether it be corrupt ("Last Grimm Standing") ("The Show Must Go On") or honorable. ("The Bottle Imp") ("The Other Side") ("Iron Hans")

Excerpt from Grimm Diaries

112-Löwen Games Grimm Diaries
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These lion creatures were captured and forced to fight one another in large arenas and coliseums in Ancient Roman times! The practice has changed in style and location, but remains otherwise the same today.Ancient Romans preferred Löwen to other Wesen for gladiator combat due to their incredible strength and ferocity.

In Ancient Roman times, Roman soldiers would Lasso and trap Löwen, enslaving them into a life of gladiator fights to the death.

Some Löwen have chosen to perpetuate the fighting practice, enslaving Wesen, including Dickfellig, Skalenzahne and Blutbaden to name a few, and sending them into their own makeshift arenas.

Images

See also

Wesen in Grimm
Accipitrid Wesen Geier, Steinadler
Amphibian Wesen Folterseele
Bovine Wesen Heftigauroch, Taureus-Armenta
Canine Wesen Anubis, Blutbad, Coyotl, Höllentier, Hundjäger, Luison, Schakal, Wældreór, Wildesheer
Caprine Wesen Krampus, Seelengut, Ziegevolk
Cathartid Wesen Raub-Kondor
Chelicerate Wesen Spinnetod
Chelonian Wesen Genio innocuo
Chimeric Wesen Manticore, Naiad
Chiropteran Wesen Murciélago
Dinosaur Wesen Glühenvolk
Feline Wesen Klaustreich
Gekkotan Wesen Skalengeck
Hexapod Wesen Jinnamuru Xunte, Mellifer
Lepidosauromorphan Wesen Phansigar
Lutrine Wesen Luisant-Pêcheur
Machairodontine Wesen Mauvais Dentes
Meline Wesen Drang-Zorn
Osteichthyan Wesen Cracher-Mortel, Matança Zumbido
Pantherine Wesen Balam, Löwen, Pflichttreue, Yaguaraté
Passeriform Wesen Seltenvogel
Perissodactyl Wesen Dickfellig, Nuckelavee
Primate Wesen Aswang, El Cucuy, Excandesco, Fuchsteufelwild, Hässlich, Hexenbiest, Indole Gentile, Koschie, Musai, Siegbarste, Wendigo, Wildermann
Pseudosuchian Wesen Gelumcaedus, Skalenzahne
Rodent Wesen Eisbiber, Mauzhertz, Reinigen, Stangebär, Willahara
Sauropsidans Wesen Dämonfeuer
Serpent Wesen Königschlange, Lausenschlange, Varme Tyv
Spiralian Wesen Gedächtnis Esser, Huntha Lami Muuaji, Lebensauger
Strigiform Wesen Scharfblicke
Suinan Wesen Bauerschwein, Malin Fatal, Schinderdiv
Ursid Wesen Jägerbar
Vulpine Wesen Fuchsbau, Vulpesmyrca

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