A Game Of War
Odin Asks For A Favor
Odin did not return to Asgard, but instead rode as fast as the wind on his great eight-legged steed Sleipnir to Ljosalfheim. Here, in the land of the Light Elves, the All-Father sought out the Vanir God Freyr. Over fields of golden blossoms, each sprinkled with delicate droplets of dew, Sleipnir glided like a cloud through the Elf skies with the Lord of Asgard upon his back. Odin did not have to tug on the reins, nor did he have to communicate in other ways, for his great steed to know which way to go. For Sleipnir always knew where he should take the High-One.
All-Father is a gracious God who is always more than magnanimous to give others a favor, but as he has taught his Asgardian and Midgardian children many times, " Every good deed must be repaid with an equally good deed ", and Odin had come to Ljosalfheim to collect on a debt that he considered to be long overdue.
Many years before Freyr had, without his permission, sat himself upon Odin's high-seat at Hlidskjalf and peered down into Jotunheim. There he saw a beautiful maiden as she walked from Gymir's court, ( her father's abode ), to her own great hall. From that moment forward the Vanir God became lovesick, and could not live without the Giantess named Gerd. Her arms, which shined like a star in the heavens, lit up the sky and sea, and he was quickly blinded by love. With threats and gifts Skirnir, acting on Freyr's behalf, won her heart, and later the Vanir God told the All-Father that he was forever in his debt for helping him find everlasting love. And now Odin wished a favor in return from the God who ruled over not only Ljosalfheim, but the rain and sunshine on all nine worlds.
From the air it was impossible for Odin to miss Freyr's great hall. Made of the finest marble, and with a roof made of gold with silver trim, it glowed like a beacon in the sunshine of the twin stars that lit the violet sky of Ljosalfheim. Surrounding the great hall was a garden filled with rich greenery, which the Light Elves had shaped into sculptures of animals. The huge courtyard, into which Odin now descended, was bracketed on all sides by huge brightly colored flowers. Their scent wafted up to Odin's sensitive nose, making the All-Father woozy with their almost medicinal effect. As Sleipnir came to a stop by the marble steps, that led up to the great golden doors, Odin was forced to shake his head to clear his mind of the wild hallucinations caused by the flowers. For he was here on an important matter of business, and did not want anything to distract him.
Before Odin could reach out and open the doors to the great hall they seemingly parted on their own. As he walked through the doorway, the All-Father glanced down at the two Elves who had let him in.
" Thank you, Byggvir and Beyla ! It is good to see you once again ! " Odin offered as he passed.
Freyr's servants bowed graciously to the All-Father.
" We are honored to have you here my Lord ! " they replied as they slowly closed the enormous doors.
Odin was forced to cover his eyes as he approached the high-seats where Freyr and Gerd were seated. When Freyr saw that the one who approached was the All-Father he turned to his wife and whispered to her.
" My dear, your beauty is too much for the Lord of Asgard. I am afraid that you will have to cover your arms. " he told his wife.
After Gerd covered herself with a beautiful purple shawl Freyr turned his attention back to Odin.
" Our apologies, great Odin ! Here in the land of the Light Elves my wife's shining beauty is held in high regard, but to those not accustomed to its brilliance it can be quite a burden. " he offered with a slight nod.
Gerd nodded her respects as well before speaking.
" We are greatly honored that you have come to visit. I think, however, that the All-Father had not ridden so many miles simply to say hello. " she stated almost as a question.
Odin was captivated by the beauty of Gerd, and it took a great strength of will to force his gaze away from her, to speak to Freyr.
" Your wife is not only beautiful, but she is wise as well ! " he told the Vanir God.
Freyr smiled broadly as he replied to the compliment.
" Your words are very kind my Lord,..., what can I do to help you ? " he asked.
Odin grinned slightly.
" Many years ago I did a favor for you. " he told Freyr as he glanced over at Gerd.
After a brief pause he added :
" I have come to Ljosalfheim to ask a favor in return. "
Freyr stood up and laughed.
" Ask and it is yours ! " he replied joyfully.
Odin pointed his finger upward and smiled.
" I need a long drenching rain to fall over Hringanes, in Heinafylki, on Midgard,....., and I need it to begin as soon as possible. " the All-Father stated.
" Is that all ? " he asked in a bewildered voice.
Odin's smile turned to a grin.
" I would also like a thick snow to fall at the same time over the mountains to the east and west of Hringanes. " he added.
" Consider it done ! " the Vanir God stated with the utmost confidence.
Gerd motioned for their servants to come forward.
" If you will stay I will have a great feast prepared in your honor, Great Odin. " she told the All-Father with a pleasant smile.
Odin shook his head.
" Unfortunately I must return to Midgard. Perhaps another time my dear. " he told her regretfully.
Odin turned, and walked back to the door. Byggvir and Beyla had to run to keep up with the long strides of the Lord of Asgard to reach the door first. As Freyr's servants opened them the hall was suddenly illuminated by a great light that emanated from within. The All-Father could not help but smile at how lucky Freyr was to have found such a beautiful woman.
- End Chapter 3
- Next : Chapter 4 : Frigga Responds
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