Slander Not Our Shire-Reeve of Victory
No! We had a god who taught us how to fight, and how to endure, and how to gear ourselves up for struggle when struggle was unavoidable. He also taught how to bind up the wolf of war.
He was every militia man's friend, but he was to be called up to help one defend the old rights, to protect from invasion, and to seize unpaid wergild for acts of injury or insult.
Knowing how to fight is knowing when to fight. Sometimes it is stupid to fight. That might be where victory cannot be assured, and victory can seldom be easy or long when it goes against right.
He taught us how to fight so that we could survive. There was a Wolf-Age coming, an Axe-Age. What was the provenance of the heavenly militia warding off woe from the world became our provenance. If we were to survive the Wolf Age and Axe Age, we'd have to know how to defend ourselves. These Arts he knew ; these Arts he taught, and ever was he the common minuteman's friend.
But let none mistake that martial readiness and that ability to hold one's own and give as good as one gets in a fight for the imperialistic dogs of war. Let us not follow the Wolf ; let us follow our Shire-Reeve of Victory, who sharpens rights upon the blade of an axe. Never would he dull them.