Norwegian boy fends off wolves with Creed song
Wolves, presumably like these but in Norway instead of Germany, may prefer joik or lokk music to American grunge rock.
January 21st, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Norwegian boy fends off wolves with Creed song

Luckily for Walter Eikrem, it does not appear Norwegian wolves care for Creed.

The 13-year-old was walking home from the school bus stop in the town of Rakkestdad this week when he noticed something on the hillside near his family’s farmhouse, according to Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine.

At first he thought they were dogs, but he soon realized they were wolves - four of them - the magazine said, citing Norway’s TV2.

The boy, remembering that his mother had told him never to run from wolves, pulled the headphones out of his mobile phone and cranked up the volume on the tiny speakers.

He was listening to “Overcome” by Creed, an arguably Christian rock band, and apparently, the wolves were not fans.

(Initial reports indicated Walter shooed the wolves away with a Megadeth song, but the blog at Gibson guitars cleared up the confusion.)

“They just turned around and simply trotted away,” he told the TV station, according to Der Spiegel. “The worst thing you can do is run away because doing so just invites the wolves to chase you down ... but I was so afraid that I couldn't even run away if I'd wanted to.”

To be fair, Walter was yelling at the top of his lungs and wildly flailing his arms, so it’s tough to say exactly what made the wolves decide the boy might not be delicious.

His mother told the local paper that she was going to pick her son up from school because she knew there were wolves in the area, but she got carried away shopping, Der Spiegel reported.

“I have a completely guilty conscience,” she said. “The previous evening, we saw three wolves on the edge of the forest when we were putting our horses in their stall. The horses were panicky.”

Um, thanks, mum? … Well, OK, scratch that. Perhaps sarcasm is a little harsh for the woman who taught young Walter never to run from wolves.

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  1. bob inNorCal

    Makes you wonder what a Barry Manilow tune might do..drive off Trex?

    January 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. George

    His mother is a stupid and selfish woman.

    January 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • i rock

      id eat his mom

      January 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • THX

      When I read the part where she said she felt guilty about prioritizing her shopping over making sure her son wasn't wolf food, I couldn't help thinking how she would have felt if he *had* been attacked.

      January 25, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Troy from S'port

    Can't blame 'em......religion turns me away too.

    January 21, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BAM

    I call shennanigans on this story. I already read two other articles saying it was a Megadeth song. This could be the boy who cried wolf.

    January 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tommy

    Don't hate, appreciate! Creed is an awesome band and they'll be back on tour this summer. Can't wait to see them again! Rock n Roll all the way!!

    January 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RageATMachine96

    I love Creed ! Their music saved my life too back in the day ! Scott Stapp's voice and lyrics are very powerful. I can see how those wolves ran off....When are you guys goin back on tour !?? I'm ready !

    January 21, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DecentDiscourse

    The entire premise of the article is gutted by this paragraph:
    "To be fair, Walter was yelling at the top of his lungs and wildly flailing his arms, so it’s tough to say exactly what made the wolves decide the boy might not be delicious."
    Yeah, really tough to say. Un-huh. This clearly was given to the Creative Writing desk at CNN or in Norway.

    January 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    Makes perfect sense – anybody who likes Creed probably *eats* garbage too, so the wolves decided it wasn't worth the trouble.

    January 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ANYONE

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOWGFF6aHeU

      January 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Leonard

    .....something tells me the Boom box will be making a come back.

    January 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jared

    Wolves only listen to Yngwie Malmsteen

    January 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • dragon

      my thoughts exactly

      January 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheapster

      wolves only say they love your music until they get into your pants

      January 22, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • THX

      ..and Warren Zevon.

      January 25, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jen

    Listen to the lyrics of 'Overcome.' Perfect song to build the adrenaline and scare off those wolves. What a brave kid. Music inspires...whether it brings anger and jealousy (creed haters) or it can bring soul meaning and confidence (creed lovers). Either way, Creed is back and will continue to play music and inspire one way or another. Creed also supports our troops – and I heard they will be playing again in Afghanistan and other military bases. As a soldier, I can't wait!

    January 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary J

      Dear lord we've gotta get some good bands over there for you guys to enjoy.

      January 21, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • flyingspaghettimonster

      yeah I would listen to the lyrics if I could make them out through his grumbling, mumbling poor excuse of a singing voice. Sorry but I agree with MJ, you soldiers deserve much better entertainment. Stay safe and thank you for your service.

      January 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alex

    Creed's music would make anybody run off, they're terrible...

    January 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. polyp

    Even wolves hate crap music.

    January 21, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. peet

    Creed Rocks!!

    January 21, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gayle G.

    Wolves don't like christian rock because they're not Chrisitans. Wolves r Muslim.

    January 21, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheapster

      wolves don't like Christains ...Lions Like christians

      January 22, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • shaggy

      I am sure wolves and lions could agree on the deliciousness of both Christians and Muslims

      January 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
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