By Michael P. Speidel

Offering various proof for those diversified types, from Roman paintings to early medieval bracteate amulets, and from classical texts to Beowulf, the Edda and Icelandic sagas, Professor Speidel right here information seventeen diversified Germanic warriors types, 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. historic Germanic warriors performed a decisive function in ancient occasions from two hundred BC, while Germanic tradition first grew to become identifiable, to advert one thousand whilst Christianity swept during the Nordic nations. bobbing up from ideals and states of brain, quite a few warrior kinds manifested themselves in variations of gown, weaponry and combating procedure. totally illustrated with over fifty pictures, this vibrant and engaging survey provides a colorful new measurement to our realizing of the background of Europe.

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Wolf-warriors, like Geri and Freki, were not mere animals but mythical beings: as Woden’s followers they bodied forth his might,86 and so did wolfwarriors. Wolf-warriors in the north In the north, where heathen religion flourished longest, the wolf-warrior style lasted longer than elsewhere and is known best. 87 On the Torslunda die Woden, marked by his one eye, dances, wearing twin-dragon headgear. 88 The pointed “flaps” at the bottom of the headgear might be the tails of the two dragons or else tresses of the god like those on the bracteate amulets.

The reason for the cutoff figure is much simpier: having cut the scabbard cover out of a piece of silver foil, the craftsman used several dies to emboss it, though each die only in part. 59 Since the upper, right-facing wolf-warrior was to be the main image on the scabbard, the craftsman placed it upright near the top. All he wanted was the warrior himself, so he cut off most of the decorative square below the warrior. Further down the scabbard the artist needed a die that gave him a cross as the main feature.

1 suggests a helmet. 2). Photo: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Rome, Inst. Neg. 1 is a photograph of the plaster cast. Careful observer that he was, Cichorius saw that unlike the animal heads of Roman standard-bearers depicted elsewhere on Trajan’s Column, those in scene 36 retain their lower jaws. 1 reaches nearly to the warrior’s mouth, almost like a cheek guard. The lower jaw of the other bearskin is somewhat shorter, but it too stretches toward the warrior’s mouth. 7). 6 Bear- and wolf-pelt battle garb marks Trajan’s men as Germanic warriors.

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