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[11] This was all covered with wood: here they brought the ship into harbor, and shoved a bridge on to the land, and Thorvald went ashore with all his company. He said then, ‘Here it is fair, and here would I like to raise my dwelling.’ They went then to the ship, and saw upon the sands within the headland three heights; and they went thither, and saw there three skin-boats, and three men under each. Then they divided their people, and laid hands on them all, except one that got off with his boat. They killed these eight, and went then back to the headland, and looked about them there, and saw in the firth some heights, and thought they were dwellings. After that there came a heaviness on them so great that they could not keep awake; and all slumbered. Then came a call above them, so that they all awoke. Thus said the call, ‘Awake, Thorvald, and all thy company, if thou wilt keep thy life; and fare thou to thy ship, and all thy men, and fare from the land of the quickest.’1 Then came from the firth innumerable skin-boats, and made toward them.

Throvald said then, ‘We will set up our battle-shields, and guard ourselves the best we can, but fight little against them.’ So they did, and the Skraelings2 shot at them for a while, but then fled, each as fast as he could. Then Thorvald asked his men if any of them was hurt: they said they were not hurt. ‘I have got a hurt under the arm,’ said he; ‘for an arrow flew between the bulwarks and the shield under my arm; and here is the arrow, and that will be my death. Now I counsel that ye make ready as quickly as may be to return; but ye shall bear me to the headland which I ’

1 i.e., as quickly as possible.

2 Probably Esquimaux, or Indians.

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