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King Æthelstan sent messengers to King Olaf that he wished to engage in battle. As was the practice, kings had one week to prepare for battle. Therefore King Olaf held his men at bay and instructed them not to loot. After one week he moved his troops to Vin Moor.
They set up camp north of the moor. The king had some of his men gather provisions. A small group rode to the moor to determine encampments for the battle and to ready the site for battle. They found Hazelwood rods had already been placed to mark out the battlefield.
On the far end of the battle-site there was a river and beyond that woods. King Æthelstan had arranged his men between these two. Many tents were set up but most were empty. In the others were very few men. A tight line of men were set up in front of the tents. This prevented the small contingent of King Olaf’s army to determine the size of the force.