By Michael P. Speidel
Proposing quite a number facts for those various 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 various 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. old Germanic warriors performed a decisive position in historic occasions from 2 hundred BC, whilst Germanic tradition first turned identifiable, to advert one thousand whilst Christianity swept throughout the Nordic nations. coming up from ideals and states of brain, numerous warrior kinds manifested themselves in ameliorations of gown, weaponry and battling method. totally illustrated with over fifty photos, this brilliant and interesting survey provides a colorful new measurement to our realizing of the background of Europe.
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Additional info for Ancient Germanic Warriors: Warrior Styles from Trajan's Column to Icelandic Sagas
Literary evidence states that the elite troops who in 311 won for Constantine the battle at the Milvian Bridge were largely Germanic warriors. 6 Bucks 43 The shield, borne by an officer in the victory parade on the socle of the arch, blazons the twin-dragon badge of the Auxilia Palatina. The gill-slits, clearly seen on the left dragon, prove that these are facing dragons, not “horns” as has been claimed.
Instead they display corresponding two-figure scenes on the left and right front panels. 6) is a very close parallel to the leftfacing Gutenstein warrior. 64 A clue to the meaning of the Gutenstein scenes is the right-facing wolf-warrior who bows his head, drops his spear, and (with outsize thumb) offers his sword to Woden. 4 The Gutenstein dies reconstructed. Drawing by author. conveyed a widely known meaning and an essential role of Woden. If the Gutenstein wolf-warrior scenes decorated Vendel-type helmets, they are likely to depict warriors or champions coming to battle.
They may have moved like wolves in other ways. The name Vulfblaic (“Wolf-Dancer”) suggests that wolf-warriors did their own war dance, whether at ancestor festivals or when battles began. If they danced wolf-like or in wolf-gait, they may, like Dolon, have mimicked walking on all fours: the Greek name Lykormas (“Wolf-Gait”) also points to wolfwarriors stepping like wolves. ” This may be one root of the wolf war dance, the other being representation of wolf-warrior ancestors. 74 The ring on the sword pommel of the right-facing Gutenstein warrior shows that wolfwarriors had lords or even kings in their ranks.