Oars splashed, iron grated,
shield rang on shield as the Vikings rowed
cutting through waves at the king's command
further and further the fleet sped on.
The sound that came from the long keels
crashing against the crested waves
was the boom of surf that breaks on rocks.
The First Lay of Helgi,Hundung's Bane, from The Elder Edda, trans. Patricia Terry, New York, 1969, p.112.
PLACE: Norway - Germany
TIME: Before 1000 A.D.
CIRCUMSTANCE: Helgi, Sigmund's son, sets out after Hodbrodd.