|Author(s)||van Zanten, Arwen|
|Title||Going Berserk: In Old Norse, Old Irish, and Anglo-Saxon Literature|
|Published in|| Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik, Vol. 63 |
|Abstract||Anyone familiar with Old Norse literature is familiar with berserkers and úlfheðnar, the male bear or wolf warrior who sometimes experiences a battle-rage which gives him extraordinary powers (Hoops, 1976). Several scholars have hinted that these berserkers and úlfheðnar might have equivalents in Old Irish literature and the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf. These scholars, however, have not elaborated on these hints. Therefore, it is worthwhile to investigate whether berserkers and their wolf-equivalents do indeed occur as an early medieval motif in Old Irish literature and the Anglo-Saxon Beowulf poem.|
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