The two men have come down from Maldon and, in the darkness of the night, are searching among the fallen for the corpse of Beorhtnoth.
They find his gold-ornamented sword and his badly mutilated body and start to carry it back towards their vehicle.
Scavengers frighten the over-imaginative Totta into attacking and killing one of them – a deed, as Tída points out, both needless and unheroic.
Once they have reached the cart, Totta settles down with the body in the back and, falling asleep, has an apocalyptic vision which he renders in heroic language.
We will select 60 candidates for each group to take part in the final competition.