By Michael P. Speidel
Providing more than a few facts for those assorted types, from Roman artwork to early medieval bracteate amulets, and from classical texts to Beowulf, the Edda and Icelandic sagas, Professor Speidel right here information seventeen diverse 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. historic Germanic warriors performed a decisive function in ancient occasions from two hundred BC, while Germanic tradition first turned identifiable, to advert a thousand while Christianity swept in the course of the Nordic nations. coming up from ideals and states of brain, various warrior kinds manifested themselves in modifications of gown, weaponry and battling process. totally illustrated with over fifty photos, this vibrant and engaging survey provides a colorful new size to our realizing of the heritage of Europe.
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37 Wolf-Hrocs and the origin of the Alamanni Julian’s wolf-warriors, raised among Germani along the Rhine, may shed light on the name of the two earliest known Alamannic kings. Hroc the Elder, who harried Gaul in AD 260, was long held to be legendary. However, scholars who take written sources seriously have given him back his rightful place in history. Hroc the Younger, leader of an Alamannic troop in the army of Constantius Chlorus, lifted Constantine to the throne in York in AD 306. 38 Hroc with a short o means “cape,” or “fur-cape” (English “frock,” German “Frack” and “Rock”).
As the wolf-skins on Trajan’s Column cover no more than half the warriors’ backs, the same seems to be true of the Gutenstein warriors. 55 The warrior’s shoes bend upward at the tip and swell in a ring at the ankle, features known from other seventh-century shoes. Faint lines indicate narrow trouser legs. The arms seem bare. On the Ekhammar bronze, discussed on pp. 7), the pelt hood has openings for the arms, and that may be the case on the Gutenstein scabbard also, though the openings are not seen.
38 Hroc with a short o means “cape,” or “fur-cape” (English “frock,” German “Frack” and “Rock”). 4) and by the fact that in the eighth century, when we have richer sources, the Alamanni used wolf-names more widely than other nations. 41 Warriors could have the same heraldic sign as their leader: wearing a boar-helmet, Beowulf was a boar-warrior, and so were his followers. Hroc’s Alamannic followers thus may have been wolf-warriors like their king. 42 If the Alamanni had wolf-warriors among them, as the above suggests, light falls on their hitherto unknown myth of origin.