When he heard Hrafn' s lies, he called at once for a duel.
An angry Gunnlaugr would rather have seen Hrafn hang,
But he held to the old tradition, and called for a Holmgang.
Gunnlaugr told him : " We will meet on an island out in the bay,
And end this long standing dispute, in one week from this day !
We will fight in a circle of stones, until one of us is killed,
And the one who is still standing, will have justice fulfilled ! "
One week from that day, dressed in battle gear for the deed,
They rowed out to the island, as both warriors had agreed.
Mighty Gunnlaugr defeated Hrafn, but his wounds were severe,
Gunnlaugr Ormstunga succumbed to his injuries later that year.
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2014.