And Lo! Eric did venture on quest to the office of the queens' messengers and said unto them I will give you gold in plenty if you will send a right fast expedition to bring these rich goods to my kinsman in Wessex
"Hold!" said the officer " This thing that you ask cannot be done!"
And Eric did enquire if the goods were of too much weight to be taken in the wagon - and it was not so.
And Eric did have knowledge of the queens' directions and spake thus. "The queen does lay down the laws concerning the carriage of rich merchandise and it shall not be above this many cubits in length and the breadth thereof. We have sent round the land and found these boxes, wrought well, and very costly, which the queen law states, shall suffice"!
"That is so", said the officer," but they do not pass my portal - which is too small. I shall not come out to you to get the goods or else you may smite me"!
and Eric waxed wrathful "What shall be done"?
"I shall take part in unnatural congress, if I know". Sayeth the guard.
And, in despair, Eric did travel many miles, in great haste, to another officer who accepted the goods without question and winged them, right fast, on their way.
Eric then came unto the Lord of the messengers and said "This guard in the Queens' employ does disregard the Queens' rule!" and was told that he could complain the the higher lords, but the result would be 'a clump of grass' all.
And another nail was added to the coffin of just rule.