As is the case in war, for every coward their is a man who would rather die with honor for his lord than to turn his back on the enemy out of fear. Many proud thanes, brave men one and all, continued to fight for their fallen earl, and their homeland. These courageous men were either going to avenge their lord, or die in the trying. They were urged on by a young warrior named Aelfric. He reminded his countrymen of the times that they sat on the benches drinking mead, and boasting of deeds not yet done. He told them that now was the time to make good on those bold boasts, and promises. Leofsund then spoke up and promised that he would not step one foot backward, but would continue foward . A humble churl named Dunmer, then shouted for all to hear, as he shook his spear in anger, " Brithnoth Avenge !! "
As one solid shield wall these brave warriors marched forth into history with no longer any thoughts for their own lives. Those who stayed fought for the honor of their English, Anglo - Saxon homeland included such brave warriors as Aesforth, the son of Eclaf, whose spear often struck the Viking raiders with deadly effectiveness. But alas he was struck down, and lay with his countrymen. One by one these brave warriors fell with mortal wounds, hallowing the ground with their honored deaths. They fell to the Viking onslaught, wearied by wounds, and overcome by numbers, they had no chance for victory.
Brythwold summed up the battle's end best when he cheered his soldiers on with these glorious words, " Thought must be the harder, heart the keener, spirit shall be more as our mortal might lessens ! There lies are chief all cut to pieces, a good man on the ground; forever may he grieve who now from this war - play thinketh to go ! I am old in years - hence I will not, but by the side of mine own lord, by my chief so loved, I think to lie ! "
And with all their might, and their last breath, they fought until they honored their people, and their Lord Brithnoth, and hallowed forever the ground upon which they fought. Odin has said that a mans reputation will never die, if his deeds be brave and honorable. These men, Anglo - Saxon and Viking alike, through their bravery, have left their names and reputations to the written history ot their peoples. All Hail those who fought so bravely at the Battle of Maldon.
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