Just a shoutout to @theatreofwarclothing for the beautiful new wolf warrior shirt, and to @sendimar the wonderful artist behind this particular design. Go check them out!
The design on the shirt is based on an Anglian pressblech die from Fen drayton, Cambridgeshire. The area possibly inhabited by the Herstingas of the Middle Angles, later to be subsumed into the Kingdom of Mercia. It probably depicts an Úlfhéðinn (Old Norse) or Wulfheoden* (Old English) literally translates to Wolf-hide. These men filled similar roles to the famed berserkers of the later Viking period and were probably associated with the cult of Wōden/Óðinn. There is no literary account of them existing from the Anglo-Saxons, but there is seemingly an account of them from the Langobards also known as the Hundings, a continental Germanic tribe closely related to the Saxons. "The Langobards moreover, when they beheld the great forces of their enemies, did not dare engage them on account of the smallness of their army, and while they were deciding what they ought to do, necessity at length hit upon a plan. They pretend that they have in their camps Cynocephali, that is, men with dogs’ heads.
They spread the rumor among the enemy that these men wage war obstinately, drink human blood and quaff their own gore if they cannot reach the foe. And to give faith to this assertion, the Langobards spread their tents wide and kindle a great many fires in their camps. The enemy being made credulous when these things are heard and seen, dare not now attempt the war they threatened.” -Paul the Deacon, Historia Langobardorum
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