The Norse æsir gods had animal helpers, but did anyone of them have a bear? Have bears been found in graves, like dogs and horses et cetera? Are there Norse illustration of bears?
Some Norse warriors were called berserks because they wore the fur of bears. And fur from bears was an important export good.
Is it lost in the tradition because there never were any bears on Iceland? And absent from archaeology because one couldn't sacrifice a wild animal that one doesn't own.
But while the wolf was an as dangerous animal, it was semi-domesticated and Odin owned wolves. Am I just missing alot of references to bears in Asgard, or did the bear have a different kind of role to play than other animals?