The night passed; Grettir appeared early the next morning, and the bondi, who had got all the tools for digging ready, went with Grettir to the howe. Grettir broke open the grave, and worked with all his might, never stopping until he came to wood, by which time the day was already spent. He tore away the woodwork; Audun implored him not to go down, but Grettir bade him attend to the rope, saying that he meant to find out what it was that dwelt there. Then he descended into the howe. It was very dark and the odour was not pleasant. He began to explore how it was arranged, and found the bones of a horse. Then he knocked against a sort of throne in which he was aware of a man seated. There was much treasure of gold and silver collected together, and a casket under his feet, full of silver. Grettir took all the treasure and went back towards the rope, but on his way he felt himself seized by a strong hand. He left the treasure to close with his aggressor and the two engaged in a merciless struggle. Everything about them was smashed. The howedweller made a ferocious onslaught.
Out of the struggle, Grettir finds a Seax...
Then he brought out all the treasure which he had taken from the howe and laid it on the table. One thing there was upon which more than anything else Grettir cast his eyes, a short sword, which he declared to be finer than any weapon which he had ever seen. It was the last thing that he showed. Thorfinn opened his eyes when he saw the sword, for it was an heirloom of his family and had never been out of it.
You can see my first attempt at pattern development here... Alas, it was destroyed in a terrible accident. (Sometimes you should really, really just live with a minor flaw...)
Anyway, to make a long story short, Jake & I were commissioned to do the same piece, and we thought it would be fun & interesting to post our pieces in progress & to sort of egg each other on.
Here's my new start... it's going to be an offset interrupted twist... no edge material yet.
Edited by J.Arthur Loose, 05 July 2005 - 04:14 PM.