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- A VIKING FAIRY TALE - PART 5 -
At that moment, he heard footsteps behind him.
Out of breath, one of the chiefís men explained that many of the strangers and some Vikings had fallen sick.
It was the plague and they needed help.
Knud wanted to help but he couldnít understand why. A Viking was to fight and steal, not help. Was that the new wisdom he had gained? Mastership replaced with servanthood?
He followed the chiefís man and reached the village where many people were suffering. His own chief was sick and he no longer looked like the hero Knud had admired.
He helped where he could. He bandaged their wounds and carried them into the houses where they could die in peace.
"Iím going to Valhalla," whispered the chief, "to Odin."
"No, no," said Knud, "choose the King of Heaven, he is the god here. He is stronger than our gods. His heart is stronger than the sword." Knud then told him about all that had happened in the monastery.
The chief listened carefully and said, "Let me touch the cross on your sword." Knud didnít know what the chief meant but when he looked at the sword, there was now a cross where Thorís hammer had been. It must have happened at the dedication to the new god.
"This is the end," said the chief. Without knowing why, Knud put his hand on the chiefís chest and made the sign of the cross.
"Hold on!" cried Knud, "you are in good hands, in the hands of the almighty." The chief died.
Knud looked around and wondered why he hadnít been hit by the plague himself. He would have to ask the monk.