After the brothers had split up, Ólafur found a nearby hiding place of a hoard of Damascene swords, hidden in a pit below the shrine of a long forgotten Greek god, one hot night he decided to look for it. In the flickering light of a torch he crept inside on his hands and feet. It didn’t take him much trouble finding the hoard of swords under a large slab of marble, that originally had served as an altar to bring sacrifices to the local gods. Brought into the daylight, Ólafur examined one of the foreign swords with great interest. Because of this, he carelessly missed the guard, approaching him from behind.