In the spring Yngvar and his men set sail once again to reach the source of the great river they were exploring. They sailed for quite a great distance until they reached a great waterfall. When they beached their ships, to portage around the waterfall, they saw giant footsteps in the mud. These giant footsteps were 8 feet long, and were dug deep into the mud. Whoever, or whatever, made these footprints was immense in both size and weight. Yngvar told his men to keep a sharp eye out for danger. After searching a while they found a gap in the cliff, and dug a channel to the river so they could bypass the great waterfall. This project was hard to acomplish, and took several months of hard labor to get around the waterfall.
They had been travelling for some time when they came to a house on the riverbank. Next to this great house was an ugly and terrifying Giant. After praying and singing hymns the Giant finally went away in the opposite direction . After the Giant left they went to the Giants house, which was surrounded by a very strong wall. When they entered the house they noticed that it was supported by a single pillar. Yngvar had his men chop at the pillar until the house shook. Yngvar then told his men to gather large rocks, and then they hid in the thick reeds by the riverbank.
Later that evening the Giant returned. In his belt were hanging several men that he had hunted and killed that day. After locking the gate the Giant sat down and ate his dinner. After dark Yngvar and his warriors heard the Giant snoring, and began to throw the rocks at the pillar until it broke, and the house collapsed on the Giant with a loud cracking sound. The Giant was badly injured but he was still struggling to get out from under the remains of his house. When he managed to get one of his feet out, Yngvar commanded his men to hack at it with their axes. The Giant died shortly there after. The warriors hacked off the Giant's foot and brought it back to their ships, and placed it in salt to preserve it as a trophy to show their comrades back home .
Yngvar was now even more intent on finding the source of this great river, and pressed on until the river divided. There he saw 5 islands slowly moving towards him. Yngvar had a fire lit for defense , and soon one of the islands moved close enough to catapult stones at Yngvar's ships. They shielded themselves as best they could, and then fired back at their enemy. When the pirates saw what they were fighting against they shot fire out of a long bronze tube at the Viking' s ships. Their aim was good and soon one of Yngvar's ships was ablaze. In just a matter of minutes it was reduced to cinders. Yngvar, seeing this, took his bow and lit one of his arrows, took careful aim, and shot it into the bronze tube of the pirates. This perfect shot turned their fire tube against the pirates, and before anyone could even blink an eye the island had burned up, along with all of its men. As the other islands came within range Yngvar, and his men, used the same strategy to destroy each and every one of these floating islands. Yngvar was once again alone on the river.
After continuing their journey Yngvar came upon the source of the river. There they saw the largest dragon they had ever seen, and it was sitting on a huge hoard of gold. Yngvar had his men land their ship by the path that the dragon took down to the river to drink . Yngvar then had his men sprinkle salt along the entire length of the path, which he knew would slow the dragon down. Then Yngvar and his warriors took cover, and waited for the dragon to come down to drink. When the dragon started down the path it saw the salt, and licked it up as he walked, which slowed it down greatly. The salt also made the dragon so thirsty that three times it went back to drink after reaching about halfway back to its golden lair. While the dragon was away Yngvar and his men used their axes to hack off great chunks of gold. When they heard the dragon returning they ran off and hid the treasure. Yngvar warned his men that they must ignore the dragon because it was now very angry over the loss of its gold. All of his men obeyed this order except for a few men who looked back at the dragon, and after seeing its frightful eyes dropped down dead.
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