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Near Forres, Scotland, a tall Pictish sculptured slab marks the site of a 10th-century battle between Picts and Vikings in which Norwegian King Sweno (Svein Knutson, King of Norway from 1030-1035) was defeated. According to one account, Sweno was defeated because the Scots, led by Macbeth, sent mead to the Danes laced with a sleep-inducing drug. The Scots killed the Danes while they slept, and Sweno barely escaped. One side of the 13-foot tall stone shows scenes, from the landing of the longships to the beheading of prisoners of war; the other side is engraved with a magnificent Celtic cross set against a field of broken-ring knots, all flowing in the same direction, in overall repeat pattern. I rotated a pair of knots from the stone in order to complete this pattern inside a square, for the cover design of the Findhorn magazine, Onearth 5.
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