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Thrand the slave

My son, Thorstein, saw cattle of Steiner, son of Onund Sjoni, grazing on our land. They had made a mess of the pasture. Thorstein ran across the field to confront the slave who was herding the cattle. The slave quickly drove the cattle towards Steiners pens. When Thorstein caught up with him he killed him and threw the fence gate on top of him.

Not much was ever said about the condition of the pasture. The summer passed quietly.

That winter Steiner bought a large brutish slave for three times the going price. The slaves name was Thrand.

Steiner explained to Thrand that most of the work was assigned to others in the household. He went on to explain the situation of Thorstein’s pasture to him. He told Thrand that he should graze the cattle wherever the grass looked greener. He was not to be concerned about property borders. He also told Thrand that he should not consider himself below the level of cheiftan while herding. He then gave Thrand the biggest and sharpest battle axe that he had.

Thrand spoke; “I don’t think I owe anything to Thorstein and I understand well enough what sort of job it is you are giving me. You will be taking no risk on me.”

Thrand immediately herded the cattle onto Thorstein’s pasture. Thorstein’s servants told Thrand that it was not his property. Thrand told them that he did not care who’s property it was; he was going to graze his cattle wherever he wished.

The servants told Thorstein about the matter but he did nothing about it for several days.

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