Bjarke – a legendary Danish giant. His name is associated with the Danish word for bear (bjørn), and he is pictured as a warrior of extraordinary strength, he is prone to ecstasy, and has unusual transformational skills. Bjarke’s kinship with the bear goes beyond the meaning of his name. The animal is Bjarke’s ’fylgje’ (a Norse spirit animal), and it literally fights battles alongside Bjarke. Its large paws kill many of Bjarke’s enemies.