“Berserkers (or berserks) were Norse warriors who are primarily reported in the Old Norse literature to have fought in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury, a characteristic which later gave rise to the English word berserk”.
– sourced from Wikipedia here.
On the Einherjar the Vikings of Reykjavík Facebook Page they write:
“Berserker rage, before battle you change within, then everything becomes clear, your eyes open wide and you become the deadly warrior the enemy fears…”
When I was a teenager at Rugby School, a British boarding school, the ‘Berserker’ was one of the principles I used to stop bullying.
I even took on bastards much bigger than me. I also used weapons, however it was the ‘Berserker’ that they feared most. I remember that I felt I was ‘channelling’ something extremely powerful. I felt the “change within“. I sensed the deep fear of the bullies as the ‘Berserker rage’ manifested.
Being a bunch of selfish gits, the bullies were attuned to self preservation; thus I ‘activated’ the key ‘What’s in it for me’ (WII FM) that everyone is tuned into. Basic psychology really, however it ended the torment and I became a kind of ‘folk hero’.
Until I ‘befriended’ the Berserker spirit I suffered greatly. School and boarding house staff were incompetent at stopping the bullying. Instead, I learnt and tasted the power of extreme violence to solve problems. All by age 16. I have never been compensated for what happened to me at Rugby School, nor received any apology. Years ago I wrote politely to the headmaster (via email), who never replied. I know the email was received because I used tracking code. Not only was my message opened several times, it was forwarded and read by at least one other person. Still no reply.
What a great education eh! And a splendid example of rudeness and lack of concern, even many years after I left (1978) – in the age of email.
Jolly good show chaps!
Oh yeah…guess what/’who’, I feel very grateful to? No prizes for getting it right though.
It might also partly explain why one of my close friends is an ex Special Forces (22 SAS) Warrant Officer veteran known in The Regiment as ‘Mad Dog’ and the ‘Smiling Assassin’. He’s a really top bloke by the way – kind, caring, loves cats and so on – just tough on the bad guys.
PS: I am descended from Danish Vikings, however only found out in around 1994.