Before I go into the various strange and unexplainable events that took place during this time, I need to express my extreme displeasure and anger over events that led up to the probable death of our friend Torstein. After what has happened to him, I really do not expect him to pull through and survive this injury or the later mistreatment of it! If and when Torstein dies, I must say that I will forever hold the rest of the men responsible for the death of their friend… all because of they were too busy with enjoyment of mushrooms to notice or offer care to Torstein’s injury in the beginning! We do have knowledge and medical skills of which Floki is familiar with. Floki did, after all save Ragnar’s life when he was so greviously injured, and they were able to save Rollo’s life as well. But, did any of these men, such as Floki- who is knowing of such skill- step in at the beginning and say to Torstein, “Hey, that wound looks pretty bad, let me clean it up and see what I can do for it?” NO! they did not. Instead, Ragnar offered the comfort of Freya sleeping with him. And Rollo offered as his cure for all that ails, a bowl of mushrooms! So, to all of you who were there enjoying your party of mushrooms and offering no care to him in the beginning, I hope that Torstein’s pain and eventual death will haunt your consciences forever more!
It was obvious that Torstein was suffering great pain from his injury. No, he did not come out and ask for help but one of the others should have used common sense and offered some medical assistance!
No, it was not until they had finished their party that they had a thought or care for their friend’s situation and by then it was too late for anything other than extreme intervention.
By this time, Torstein had suffered so greatly and was so desperate for relief from the pain that all he knew was to remove the arm that caused him the pain! It was not until this point that it dawned on his friends how serious and perilous his situation was. He begged them to remove his arm. Bjorn did offer first, but Torstein replied that he wanted Floki to do it.
My one thought on this right now is that if Floki had stepped in earlier to aid his friend, he would not have to endure the pain that he would suffer along with Torstein now!
Truly, the only thing that took minds of the horror of the act was Torstein’s ability to maintain some humor about his situation! But, when it came time to actually perform the removal, everyone prayed to the Gods for strength to get through it. Everyone felt the shock and the pain that Torstein felt!
It brought home the harshness and the realities of battle… I can only hope that it had some impact and affect on Porrun as she watched it!
In my personal opinion, it was a tragic and senseless event that might have been avoided had some people thought to care for a friend before he suffered so much. His fate yet hangs in the balance but I can see no miracle forthcoming…
I am so very angry and much bitter about this event. I know that Torstein’s injury is a real part of our world and our battles, but in my heart I will hold much resentment against all of those there who allowed it go so far… I am sure that in time I will come to forgiveness but at this moment, I am glad they are all away and are not in my midst!