The Bracers of Bodvar Bjarki

Bodvar Bjarki followed the Berserkrgang (way of the Bear shirt) and was one of the greatest Berserker warriors of King Rholf Kraki. The exploits of Bodvar Bjarki are noted in the saga of Rholf Kraki, being part of the Skjoldunga saga which pre-dates the fall of the Roman Empire. It is said that, in the Kings final battle, Bodvar was absent from the field for a great deal of the time. Just as all seemed lost, a great bear appeared and tore into the enemy ranks slaying men and horses as it went. When one of the kings men found Bodvar in his tent in a meditative state he roused him. As soon as his eyes opened the bear disappeared.

Certain Germanic legends also speak of the Wolf belt or Wolf strap. Belts or bracelets made from the skin of certain animals which were used by shapeshifters. The wearer could draw on the Ethereal energies of these garments to aid their transformation or ethereal projections of their chosen animal and its powers.

These Bracers are made from nickel silver and brass with handmade buckles on leather with salvaged fur. They bear a brass Bear claw motif and a brass plaque with “Berserkrgang” etched in runes. Between them, in the centre of each bracer, is Odin’s illusionary rune which is said to have been used by Norse shapeshifting warriors on the battlefield.

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