Another interesting thing that confused me was that everything that the characters in the story said came true. A striking example of this happens just a short way into the story; in the midst of a battle against some pirates this passage occurs:
..Ulf the Unwashed saw this and said, 'That was a heavy blow, Hrut; you have much to thank Queen Gunnhild for.'Initially I thought that this sequence was just a coincidence, but then I began to pay more attention to what the characters say during the tale, and I came up with the surprising conclusion that no one ever utters a false statement, even the 'bad' guys (more on this later).
'I have the feeling that those will be your last words,' said Hrut.
At that very moment Alti noticed a gap in Ulf's defence and hurled a spear that went right through him. The fighting now flared up even more fiercely...
...They turned down towards the ice-bridge, running as fast as they could. Skarp-Hedin jumped up as soon as he had tied his shoe, and hoisted his axe. He raced down straight towards the river, which was much to depe to be forded anywhere along that stretch. A huge sheet of ice had formed a low hump on the other side of the channel. It was as smooth as glass, and Thrain and his men had stopped on the middlo of this hump. Skarp-Hedin made a leap and cleared the channel between the ice-banks, steadied himself, and at once went into a slide: the ice was glassy-smooth, and he skimmed along as fast as a bird.
Thrain was then abot to put on his helmet. Skarp-Hedin came swooping down on him and swung at him with his axe. The axe crashed down on his head and split it down to the jaw-bone, spilling the back-teeth on to the ice. It all happened so quickly that no one had time to land a blow on Skarp-Hedin as he skimmed past at great speed. Tjorvi threw a shield into his path, but Skarp-Hedin cleared it with a jump without losing his balance and slid to the other end of the sheet-ice.