As it ceased, prelate and thegn raised their chief from the floor, and in imitation of the old custom of Teuton and northman-when the lord of their armaments was borne on shoulder and shield-Harold mounted a platform, and rose in full view of the crowd.
"Harold, Book 10. The Last Of The Saxon Kings"
The rapturous fight with the elements, in which the northman lived and moved and had his being, gave him a strain of ruthless cruelty unlike anything in the more peaceful Anglo-Saxon character: his disregard of death for himself led to a certain callousness with regard to human life, and to a certain enjoyment in inflicting physical anguish.
"Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race"
And then the fierce northman joyously cried, "Now shall I possess lands, castle, and bride!"
"Sintram and His Companions"