The men continue their march to York. Although some soldiers are shown on foot, most of Harolds troops would be mounted housecarls. Harold probably had a force of around 2,000 housecarls. Levies were likely picked up on route swelling the numbers to around 9000 men. The rodent like mythological beast in the upper border represents a Dipsas. It is a serpent like creature with a bite that produces extreme thirst in its victim. Dipsesis is the Greek word for thirst. In the lower border a scene of victory is portrayed. According to the Vita Haroldi, a vision appeared to Aethelsige, the Abbot of Ramsey that Harold would take victory over the Norwegians.