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#1 High King Harald

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 11:20 PM


Are there any well-known bears in Norse mythology?

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#2 Thorfinn


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Posted 08 June 2006 - 12:46 PM

Surprisingly, there is little reference to bears in Norse myth.

In fact, the berserkr is about the only Norse reference I can think of.

From the Wikipedia berserker article:

The term berserker comes from Old Norse berserkr (plural berserkir), meaning literally "bear skin" or "bare skin", alluding either to wearing the "skin" of a bear, i.e. to be bear-like in rage and strength, usually in battle, or to the habit of berserkers going into battle unarmoured, or often, completely naked. Some berserks also took names with björn in them in reference to a bear.

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Posted 09 June 2006 - 04:07 PM

Good Morning To You, Crown Prince Thorfinn,

How Absolutely Magnificent that You have given us this Fabulous Resource about Bears in Norse Mythology!!! . . .

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