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The Saga of Hromund Gripsson

Chapter 2

The brothers came back to the king and told him the news. The king decided to accept the challenge, and so it was done. They met, and there they received hard battle. The brothers went well forward. Kari always felled eight or twelve men in each stroke. Hrongvid saw that. He ran up to the king's ship, to Kari and thrust his sword through him. As soon as Kari had taken a wound, he said to the king: "Live well, sire, I go to be the guest of Odin." Hrongvid fought Arnulf, felling Kari's brother with his spear. Then Hrongvid told them all that they should give up. An evil murmur came from the king's troop. Iron did not bite Hrongvid.

Now the saga says that Hromund Gripsson was in the king's following. He took a club in his hand, bound to himself a long goat-beard and put a hood on his head, then stormed forward to find both the brothers dead. Then he took up the king's standard and beat the black men to death with his club. Hrongvid asked, who he was, "-- or was Kari your father that you are so wrathful?" Hromund gave his name and said he would avenge the brothers, --"Kari was not my father. All the same, I shall kill you." Then he gave Hrongvid so great a blow that he bowed his head and said: "I have been widely in battle and never taken such a stroke." Hromund gave to Hrongvid another stroke, so that his skull broke. In the third stroke, he lost his life. After that they went, those who lived, to the king, and so the battle ended.

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