Visited Vikings Life and Legend at the British Museum, the latest blockbuster show at the BM that has easily drawn the hoards (of tourists) from across Europe.
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Along side a thousand others we dutifully shuffled past some delightful treasures that the exhibition’s organisers have pillaged the museums of Scandinavia and Germany.
The most exciting discovery I made was in conversation with Sian after the show relating to the origin of the word berserk: Berserkers (or berserks) were Norse warriors, primarily reported in the Old Norse literature to have fought in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury, a characteristic that later gave rise to the English word berserk. (Wikipedia – thank you)
Most historians believe that berserkers worked themselves into a rage before battle, but some think that they might have consumed drugged foods. This preparation would help you enjoy the exhibition more fully I am sure.