I have mentioned in my profile that I am a sucker for a historical romance novel having to do with Scotland or Vikings. I just finished reading one set in the Scottish Highlands and the leading man/hero was a Berserker. I've always felt the tales of the Berserkers very interesting. How did they become berserk? Were they born that way, turn that way. I've always thought of them as just a man that went into a frenzy in battle and then I found the following....... I hope I am not stepping on any copyright toes but here goes.....
A Celtic Legend
"Legend tells that the power of the Berserker - preternatural strength, prowess, virility, and cunning - can be bought for the going rate of a man's soul.
In the heather hills of the Highlands, the Viking god Odin lurks in shadowy places listening for the bitter howl of a man, brutalized beyond mortal endurance, to invoke his aid.
Legend holds that if the mortal is worthy, the primal breath of the gods blows into the man's heart, making him an undefeatable warrior.
Women whisper that the Berserker is an uncomparable lover; legend holds there is a single true mate for him. Like the wolf, he loves but once and for all time.
High in the mountains of Scotland, the Cricle Elders say that the Berserker, once summoned, can never be dismissed - and if the man does not learn to accept the primitive instincts of the beast within, he will die."
Sounds intriguing doesn't it?
" Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." - Helen Keller