Judith, lines 94b-198

Inspired with courage by her prayer, Judith seized Holofernes by the hair and slices through half of his neck.  But he was not quite dead yet, so she struck him again with the sword and his head came off and fell on the floor.  Now he would be in [what seems like an Old Norse version of] hell.

Judith’s servant put the head in a bag, and the two women left the Assyrian camp, escaping to their city of Bethulia.  There were soldiers guarding the gate, and Judith spoke to them and told them to rejoice because God was going to grant them victory.

Judith had her servant unwrap the severed head and hold it up to the crowd, and she spoke to the Bethulians, giving them a Braveheart-like speech to inspire them to fight.

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