By Sandra Hill
Has an eye fixed for the women, loves an outstanding struggle. Splits his aspects over impolite jokes. will not ask instructions regardless of how misplaced he's . . . even in a longship, for the affection of Odin! Sound like somebody you recognize? possibly each guy you recognize? Toste and Vagn Ivarsson are all that and more—a lot extra. exact Viking twins, they got here squalling into this global jointly, rode their first horses on the age of 7, their first maids in the course of their 13th summer time, and rode off on longships as untried fourteen-year-old warriors. And now, having noticeable simply thirty and one winters, they're approximately to stand Valhalla jointly. or perhaps whatever much more tragic: being separated. For even the main virile Viking needs to ultimately depart his top blood brother at the back of and do conflict with that almost all fearsome of all opponents—the love of his lifestyles.
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Tis a year since we joined this troop of noble warriors. Nobility is one thing, celibacy is another. " It was not the first time Toste had voiced this particular complaint to his brother. "Methinks you have lost the adventuresome spirit, brother. To go a-Viking is a way of life for us Norsemen. " Vagn shrugged as if there were naught more to say on the subject. Norsemen would be Norsemen, was Vagn's simple philosophy. Toste thought Vagn had finished blathering, but then he added more of his non-wisdom, "A dollop of celibacy hones a man's appetite.
Bolthor the Skald once described them as: Fair of face and form; fierce in the bed furs; even fiercer in battle; quick to wit; loyal to a fault. In essence, Toste and Vagn were as one. But, alas and alack, Toste and Vagn, having seen only thirty and one winters, were about to die together. D. 964 A-marching they did go, a-marching they did go… uh-oh… Toste Ivarsson slid in the soft earth and almost fell on his arse, to the amusement of the many warriors who surrounded him on their trek through Saxon hell.
In his peripheral vision, in the middle of the fray he saw Bolthor, rendered weaponless, lower his head and charge at a menacing Saxon who aimed a crossbow his way. Knocking the bowman to his back like a headbutting goat, Bolthor proceeded to strangle him with his bare hands. After that, Toste saw Bolthor pick up a Saxon broadsword and lop off a man's head as neatly as slicing a sausage. Without skipping a beat, Bolthor then took a young Saxon's face between his massive hands and crushed his skull like a walnut.