When she returned to her bed, her husband Thorvard awoke, and asked why her feet were wet and cold. She answered him in an angry tone, telling him that she had gone over to speak to the brothers about buying their ships. She then lied claiming that they had become angered, struck her, and treated her roughly. Then she angrily taunted her husband by telling him that he would never avenge her humiliation. She ended by telling him that if he did not avenge her honor she would divorce him once they got back to Greenland. ( Yes, women had that right in Scandinavia back then ) She taunted him until he could not take it any longer !
Thorvard, dressed himself, then commanded his men to get up at once and arm themselves for battle. They immediately marched over to the brothers longhouse and dragged them out of their beds, and tied them up. As they were brought outside Freydis had her men put each one of them to death. She probably was eager to silence them so that they could not protest their innocence too much. When all the men had been killed, she commanded that the women be killed as well. No one in Freydis' camp, however, was willing to commit so horrific an act, and all refused. Freydis then demanded that she be given an axe. When her wishes were met she used the axe to kill each of the five women that the brothers had brought along with them to the settlement. There is no record of what her people thought of this incident but they must have been terrified by this crazy woman.
Realizing that what she did was hideous she commanded all the settlers from her camp not to breathe a word of this when they got back to Greenland. She further told them that if anyone did say anything she would have them killed as well. She told the settlers that if anyone asks about the brothers people, that they should say that they decided to stay on at the Vinland Settlement, and would come back at a later date.
In the spring they gathered up everything that they, and the brothers had amassed, and loaded as much of it as they could onto the ships. They put to sea at once and had an easy voyage back to Greenland. Their voyage was so quick in fact that they reached Eiriksfjord in early summer. I have always wondered if at this point Freydis was worried that her dirty little secret would get out, or if she thought she would be held accountable. But I guess when your father started the colony you live in, and your brother is now the leader, you don't have to worry too much.
As with most secrets this one did not stay silent for long. Some of the story, though the Vinland Sagas don't say how much, reached Leif about the atrocities that his sister had committed in the Vinland colony. Leif was horrified, and if anyone else other than his sister had done such things he would have put them to death or exiled them. Tormented by the situation, all he said was, " I do not have the heart to punish my sister Freydis as she deserves. But I predict that her descendants will never prosper. "
Leif seems to be saying that his sisters actions would curse her family for generations. And though the story ends there it goes without saying that no one in Greenland, after hearing the tale of what happened in Vinland, would ever trust Freydis, or for that matter her husband Thorvald again. I am sure that most kept their distance from this evil and wicked woman. As Odin said in Havamal a man's reputation will last forever. The same is true for someone like Freydis who has marked her legacy with evil and murder. The Vinland Sagas have recorded her treachery for 1000 years now, and I believe that she will always be remembered for her evil ways !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !