`No, Starkad,' said the King kindly. `I know you're not afraid. But not this time. I'll explain later.' Starkad sat down, looking dejected, and Brynjolf patted him comfortingly on the shoulder. `It's because you're so stupid, Starkad,' he said gently. `You'd only be in the way.' `Oh,' said Starkad happily. `If that's the reason, I don't mind.'