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. Stein

    Pretty good butchering of the place name. I assume they tried to write Rakkestad, which is a small municipality in SE Norway.

    Btw – I don't think the 13 year old boy was in acute danger – the last time a wolf killed a person in Scandinavia was in 1881 ...

    January 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • RetroHousewife

      your name means stone in German

      February 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. el_gran

    You are all so smart!!!! I'm amazed!!!

    January 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dee

    yeah, good choice, cos if it was "creed – higher" that would've been just outright animal cruelty

    January 27, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bree

    Wolves will usually disappear if you so much as look at them. Why is this news? If I sing a song at a squirrel and scare it away, is that news?

    January 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Redman71

    Finally a use for Creed's music.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • wiseguy

      yeah, works on rats too!

      January 29, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lucy

    God gave us dominion over the animals. Seems to me the Creed song and this boy used that dominion and the wolves had to obey.

    January 28, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Sfbarna

      Sounds to me you the wolves hated the horrible band. By the way, is that what god did? C'mon Lucy...

      January 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bjorn

      Lucy, you'd probably fall into the category of people who jump into zoo animal pens and get attacked by lions/polar bears whatnot, and then sue the zoo.

      February 2, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      If God truly gave people dominion over the animals, animals would be cognizant of that divine pact, right? One could extrapolate from that that animals would not be allowed to attack human beings if there were such a pact.

      Pull your head out of wherever it is: we evolved to be the dominant species, we weren't just put there.

      February 2, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Mel

      Dave, if by 'evolving' you mean 'gradual change from one species to another at random without intelligent intervention' then it is impossible for ONLY one species to become master of the planet (Why not two or three?). We were obviously put here for a reason.

      February 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ManOhMan

    I always thought Creed's music was for the dogs- but apparently even dogs have better taste!

    January 28, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sfbarna

    Can you really blame the wolves?

    January 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lefty

    No wolf problems where I'm at, but I'm going to look into using Creed as shark repellent. Probably manages to sound even worse under water.

    January 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Suddy

    Creed is a great band... Overcome was a great song... just as My Sacrifice and One Last Breath... these 2 songs would've been apt if they'd attacked him.

    January 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      I agree – if your taste in music is so shameful that you download Creed to your phone unironically, it WOULD serve you right for it to be the last song you'd ever hear!

      February 1, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mayhem

    Too bad he wasn't listening to black metal. Then they would have eaten him.

    January 29, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. wiseguy

    I wonder what would have happened if he had been listening to "Born to be wild"?

    January 29, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • chele

      Or perhaps Steppenwolf.

      January 29, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • stcreed

      Ooo Steppenwolf... I think the wolveswould have adopted him on the spot and he'd return 10 years later als "Wolfboy", a new superhero with wolflike abilities 🙂

      January 30, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. phoodphite

    Barry Manilow's music has been found to be more effective for this purpose – even against rabid humans, zombies, and just ordinary loitering teenagers.

    January 30, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. Collin Szewczyk

    Yeah, I'd run from the sounds of Creed, too

    January 30, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ed

    Ahhh. I have heard this one before, ... It's " The Boy Who Creed Wolf ! "

    January 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • dude

      No you didn't just say that....

      January 31, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • chele

      I like you, Ed.That was cute.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • RetroHousewife

      I agree – cutest thing I've heard all day.

      February 2, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
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