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The Book Of Were-Wolves
     

The Book Of Were-Wolves

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by SABINE BARING-GOULD
 

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THE BOOK OF WERE-WOLVES
by SABINE BARING-GOULD

Chapter IV - THE ORIGIN OF THE SCANDINAVIAN WERE-WOLF

Among the old Norse, it was the custom for certain warriors to dress in the skins of the beasts they had slain, and thus to give themselves an air of ferocity, calculated to strike terror into the hearts of their foes.

Such dresses are

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THE BOOK OF WERE-WOLVES
by SABINE BARING-GOULD

Chapter IV - THE ORIGIN OF THE SCANDINAVIAN WERE-WOLF

Among the old Norse, it was the custom for certain warriors to dress in the skins of the beasts they had slain, and thus to give themselves an air of ferocity, calculated to strike terror into the hearts of their foes.

Such dresses are mentioned in some Sagas, without there being any supernatural qualities attached to them. For instance, in the Nj?la there is mention of a man i geithe?ni, in goatskin dress. Much in the same way do we hear of Harold Harfagr having in his company a band of berserkir, who were all dressed in wolf-skins, ulfhe?nir, and this expression, wolf-skin coated, is met with as a man's name. Thus in the Holmverja Saga, there is mention of a Bj?rn, "son of Ulfhe?in, wolfskin coat, son of Ulfhamr, wolf-shaped, son of Ulf, wolf, son of Ulfhamr, wolf-shaped, who could change forms."

But the most conclusive passage is in the Vatnsd?la Saga, and is as follows:--"Those berserkir who were called ulfhe?nir, had got wolf-skins over their mail coats" (c. xvi.) In like manner the word berserkr, used of a man possessed of superhuman powers, and subject. to accesses of diabolical fury, was originally applied to one of those doughty champions who went about in bear-sarks, or habits made of bear-skin over their armour. I am well aware that Bj?rn Halldorson's derivation of berserkr, bare of sark, or destitute of clothing, has been hitherto generally received, but Sveibj?rn Egilsson, an indisputable authority, rejects this derivation as untenable, and substitutes for it that which I have adopted.

It may be well imagined that a wolf or a bear-skin would make a warm and comfortable great-coat to a man, whose manner of living required him to defy all weathers, and that the dress would not only give him an appearance of grimness and ferocity, likely to produce an unpleasant emotion in the breast of a foe, but also that the thick fur might prove effectual in deadening the blows rained on him in conflict.

The berserkr was an object of aversion and terror to the peaceful inhabitants of the land, his avocation being to challenge quiet country farmers to single combat. As the law of the land stood in Norway, a man who declined to accept a challenge, forfeited all his possessions, even to the wife of his bosom, as a poltroon unworthy of the protection of the law, and every item of his property passed into the hands of his challenger. The berserkr accordingly had the unhappy man at his mercy. If he slew him, the farmer's possessions became his, and if the poor fellow declined to fight, he lost all legal right to his inheritance. A berserkr would invite himself to any feast, and contribute his quota to the hilarity of the entertainment, by snapping the backbone, or cleaving the skull, of some merrymaker who incurred his displeasure, or whom he might single out to murder, for no other reason than a desire to keep his hand in practice.

The incident mentioned in the V?lsung Saga, of the sleeping men being found with their wolf-skins hanging to the wall above their heads, is divested of its improbability, if we regard these skins as worn over their armour, and the marvellous in the whole story is reduced to a minimum, when we suppose that Sigmund and Sinfj?tli stole these for the purpose of disguising themselves, whilst they lived a life of violence and robbery...

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BN ID:
2940012353672
Publisher:
Apps Publisher
Publication date:
04/04/2011
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Book of Were-Wolves 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worst book ive ever read, and why are there an infinite amount of coppies of this book everywhere with a different cover every time? This author needs to seriously take some time to think.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Angil, my name is Laypit and I am 18 moons old, prepared to take on the challenge of trainig you to become a true alpha male, for I am one myself and my pack has yet to disrespect me. Meet with me as soon as possible and I will show you how to rule over all others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah i guess you could find that guy that says hes the leader of a pack and follow him and man a leader of a pack is called an alpha im an alpha but young and need training im 14 years old and 5'9 pritty tall for my age strength is unknown speed max is 25mph pritty fast anyway i need training of controlling myself my anger spikes for no reasons and its difficult for me to fit in if you could help me ide be happy it could be a peace treaty between our packs anyway did you know the more numbers or people you have in a pack the stronger it is i have a crush and i will not say it because well she loves vamps shes a twilight fan i love her and i want to lean to control my abilities before i be with her i hope you think about it im angil by the way hope to meet an alpha a true alpha i dont have a pack yet noone in it everyone here in marysville fights and argues i am a alpha without a pack goodluck man did you know theres such thing as an alpha of alphas dont be an alpha of betas be an alpha of alphas and if you have me there wont be anyone to stop you im the only alpha in marysville sincerely angil falen and yes thats my real name
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It would be epic to be a warewolf but i would totaly take advantidg of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cragg, I,Snagglefang, leader of the Fang tribe, invite you to join the tribe. So you know about me, my age is 24 moons, I have red eyes, long claws, long fangs, and have black fur. I am 5'1". I await a response on the next full moon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name:look up [looks]-blue eyes human now a wolf long hair that covers eyes [mate]-none [crush]-none [other]-just ask
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the historical references and psychoanalytical philosophy. Read this and be amazed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A crime novel?
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Infromational. I reccommend this absolutely. Great book if you would love to learn about werewolves. (: