Surprising Facts About the Vikings

Berserkers

You’ve probably heard the term ‘going berserk’ before, or heard about someone being in a ‘berserker rage.’ This actually comes from the legends of Viking champions that fight in a rage so extreme that they can’t tell friend from foe, cutting down anyone and anything in their path. Berserker Vikings wore special clothing, such as bear or wolf fur, so that others would know to stay away when they’re in their rage.

It’s suggested that berserker rage could have been induced by drugs or alcohol, or explained by other mental illnesses or even medical conditions such as epilepsy.

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