Symbol of hunger for blood, fury unrestrained, and protection

Viking Berserkers were a type of warrior. They would fight while in a trance-like state, killing all of their opponents without thinking. They were unafraid and ruthless. When Berserkers fought, they usually wore a bearskin. The bear was revered by Berserkers. They got their abilities from bears. Berserkers were protected from iron and fire while fighting, thus they howled, gnashed their teeth, and foamed at the mouth. They represented war’s bloodlust by ripping apart their foes with their fangs and hands. Berserkers were kings’ personal bodyguards and shock troops. In the midst of their bloodlust, berserkers are said to have changed into bears. As a symbol of the berserkers, the Danish guard now wears bearskin headgear.

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