For seven long days, the noblemen from the neighboring lands fought their contests to determine who should wed the beautiful Similde.
Finally, there were only two champions left. It was decided that they should compete against each other in one final contest, with the victor winning the girl’s hand. One of the men was named Hartwig, and his shield bore the sign of the lily. The other was called Wittich, and the symbol of a snake could be seen on his shield.
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