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The Saga of Dane Wulfdin: Readings

At Maldon

(William P. Robertson)
November 7, 2010
William P. Robertson

This poem opens our novel, This Enchanted Land: The Saga of Dane Wulfdin.  It serves notice that the book is based on history and gives an actual account of the viciousness of the Viking slaughter wolves.

AT MALDON

 

The Saxons let the Danes cross the causeway.

War-hard they poured from their encampment

wielding grim-ground swords and axes.

 

On they splashed, howling,

hurling javelins,

smiting Saxon war-hedge.

 

Then, treasure-giver Birhtnoth

fell smitten by slaughter wolves,

crushed by the battle rush.

 

Doomed men wailed.

Shield wall shattered.

Black water ran red.