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By Michael P. Speidel

Proposing more than a few facts for those assorted kinds, from Roman paintings to early medieval bracteate amulets, and from classical texts to Beowulf, the Edda and Icelandic sagas, Professor Speidel the following information seventeen diversified Germanic warriors kinds, together with berserks, wolf-warriors, club-wielders, long-hairs, ghost warriors and horse-stabbers, and the way they point out an unbroken continuity of customs, ideals and battle-field strategies. historical Germanic warriors performed a decisive function in historic occasions from two hundred BC, whilst Germanic tradition first turned identifiable, to advert one thousand whilst Christianity swept in the course of the Nordic international locations. bobbing up from ideals and states of brain, quite a few warrior types manifested themselves in alterations of costume, weaponry and combating method. absolutely illustrated with over fifty pictures, this vibrant and interesting survey provides a colorful new size to our figuring out of the historical past of Europe.

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This may be one root of the wolf war dance, the other being representation of wolf-warrior ancestors. 74 The ring on the sword pommel of the right-facing Gutenstein warrior shows that wolfwarriors had lords or even kings in their ranks. Woden was the god of kings, and widely worshiped among Germanic nations that fought their way into new homelands: Goths, Lombards, and Anglo-Saxons. With their strong Woden worship—Gutenstein means “Wodenstone”—the Alamanni fit into this picture. Their wolf shield badges discussed on pp.

64 A clue to the meaning of the Gutenstein scenes is the right-facing wolf-warrior who bows his head, drops his spear, and (with outsize thumb) offers his sword to Woden. 4 The Gutenstein dies reconstructed. Drawing by author. conveyed a widely known meaning and an essential role of Woden. If the Gutenstein wolf-warrior scenes decorated Vendel-type helmets, they are likely to depict warriors or champions coming to battle. 6), show wolf-warriors to be Woden-worshipers. As such they could hope to reach Valhalla after death and become heroes fighting on Woden’s side in the last battle at Ragnarök when Woden himself might fight as a wolf-warrior.

Heretofore we had only one medieval image of Sigmund, the one from Winchester that shows him biting the wolf’s tongue. Now, it seems, we have an image of him as dragon-slayer, accomplishing his most famous deed. What is new is that, in this version of the myth, Sigmund slew the dragon while he was a wolf-warrior; that is, at a time of ecstatic strength and fearlessness. 106 Beowulf calls Sigmund’s and Sinfiotli’s deeds foul as well as fair, the Volsung saga portrays the two as outlaws living in the woods by robbery, and Wolfdieterich in the thirteenth century likewise does both good and bad.

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