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“I grappled with one, and again with two—
with four and five of their followers;
with six and seven at the same time, then,
and one against eight: a wonder I live!
But then wavered, wincing, my courage
when eleven warriors me alone bestead,
ere that in my sleep said to me wraiths
that I should dare to do battle.
Then came the hoary Hildibrand,
the Hunnish warrior; nor he my match:
I marked on him, his helmet beneath,
a deadly wound, dealt with the sword.”

The poem known as Hildibrand's Death Song on Ásmund's slaying of his brother Hildibrand.
As many standing stones still standing were raised during the Migration Period, so also do many Norse poems contain verbally transmitted accounts and legends from the same epoch. It would almost seem the Migration Period held the position of heroic age extraordinaire among the Nordic tribes of the Viking Age/Early Middle Ages, with characters such as Atle (Attila the Hun), Tjodrik (Theodoric the Great) and other real and imaginary kings and warriors from the diverse, migratory Iron Age groups committed to paper and stone centuries after their real or fictive deaths.



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