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Grendel and Berserkergang

@inproceedings{Ward2010GrendelAB,
  title={Grendel and Berserkergang},
  author={Christie Ward},
  year={2010}
}
The etymology of the term berserkr is disputed. It may mean "bare-sark," as in "bare of shirt" and refer to the berserker's habit of going unarmored into battle. Ynglingasaga ch. 6 records this tradition, saying of the warriors of Oðinn that "they went without coats of mail, and acted like mad dogs and wolves" (Snorri Sturluson. Heimskringla: History of the Kings of Norway. trans. Lee M. Hollander. Austin: Univ. of Texas Press. 1964. p.10) [... hans menn foru brynjulausir ok varu galnir sem… Expand

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