The trailers for the movie “The 13th Warrior” brought to mind a question I had when I read the book it’s based on, Michael Crichton’s “Eaters of the Dead”.
The Norsemen make a point of going off with a dozen warriors and one outsider, on the basis that this arrangement will bring them luck (or the favour of the gods, or whatever; it was a while ago).
I can’t find any reference to such a custom. Is it real, or did Crichton just make it up for literary effect?
Bob the Random Expert
“If we don’t have the answer, we’ll make one up.”