A Game Of War
" If only Sigvaldr could be replaced by his wise and generous son Víðarr ! " she thought to herself.
Frigga smiled from ear to ear as she looked down upon the two armies as the time neared for them to do battle. From up here at Hlidskjalf she could see every movement made by Sigvaldr, who was heading into a trap, Víðarr who was leading his men into the mountains, and Lifsteinn who sat waiting to spring his trap. Nothing was lost to her keen eye, or her sense of irony. She began to giggle slightly as she formulated a diabolical plan !
" My husband wishes to bog down King Sigvaldr in a rain drenched marsh, and impede his son Víðarr in the mountain passes by causing a huge storm over the region to the south of the marsh,...., Well,...., while his intention is to simply impede both arms of the Heinafylki army and destroy them one at a time, I believe that I will kill two birds with one stone ! " she whispered to herself.
As Frigga tapped her finger on her high-seat she looked over at her husband's empty throne.
" I will let King Sigvaldr and King Lifsteinn kill each other, and place Víðarr on the throne of a reunited Heinafylki ! " she added while still in deep thought.
Frigga nodded her head up and down, as though to agree with herself that it was a good idea, and then a little grin formed on her face.
" My husband has chosen to seek the help of a male God. I will counter his move by allying myself with a Goddess. One who not only holds the power of life and death over living beings, but can destroy entire worlds with her fury. " she convinced herself.
Frigga rose up off of her high-seat and strode out of the viewing room with a great sense of determination and purpose. When she reached the great doors, she reached down and released the latch, and flew the doors open with such a great force that they banged up against the outside of the great hall with a crash. As she stepped out onto the steps of Hlidskjalf she reached down and unhooked a clasp that attached a horn to her belt. After taking a deep breath she blew mightily into the ram's horn.
A third blast had barely escaped the horn when Frigga heard a loud clatter coming from the east. The sound of hoof beats, and the roar of wheels on the golden cobblestones, was comforting and unmistakable to her ears. Frigga turned her head slightly and looked down the road that led to Thor's great hall at Thrudvangar. There she saw the familiar sight of Tanngrisnir, and Tanngnjostr pulling the Thunder God's empty golden chariot at full stride towards Hlidskjalf. The wheels, which were turning at such a high rate of speed, caused a great multitude of sparks to shoot out and shower down behind the great cart.
Thor's goats bowed their heads out of respect for the All-Mother as they came to a halt at the bottom of the golden stairs. Frigga patted Tanngrisnir on the head before stepping up onto the golden cart, and grabbing hold of the reins.
" Today you must fly higher and faster than ever before my little friends ! For today you must run at 67,000 miles per hour if we are to keep up with the chariot which runs before the Goddess Sunna ! " she explained to Thor's goats.
Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr stretched their legs to the absolute endurance of their muscles as they sped along faster and faster through the universe. Once they entered the solar system, where the blue world known as Midgard was located, they headed straight for the bright star which lay approximately 93 million miles away from Jord's abode. This, " Sun ", as it was known to the Midgardians, was the Goddess Sunna, one of the most powerful Goddesses in the cosmos.
As the living, burning, pulsating mass, which is the heart of Sunna, began to come closer and closer into view, Frigga grabbed hold of the reins and pulled hard to the side, away from Sunna's intensity.
" We must ride ahead of Sunna and place ourselves in front of the chariot that carries Svalinn. For he alone stands as a shield before the mighty Sunna, that shining Goddess. Without his protection the mountains on Midgard would burn to cinders and the seas boil away. And we of course would be incinerated by her burning heart as well ! " Frigga cried out above the rumble of the burning furnace that flew across the coldness of space.
With every tendon and muscle stretched to their breaking points, Thor's goats, who were now breathing fire out of their nostrils with each breath, finally managed to cut across Sunna's path, and keep step in front of the cooling shield known as Svalinn. Once safely behind the shield Frigga turned her body around on the golden chariot and shouted back at Sunna.
" Great Goddess of warmth and light,...., my friend,..., I have come to ask you a favor, ....,if I may ? " she communicated above the explosive din of Sunna's heart.
In a voice that sounded much like the crackling of a roaring fire Sunna answered the Goddess, who she had known since she was born out of an ember which flew out of Muspellheim.
" All-Mother ! I would be greatly honored to help the first friend I ever knew in the vastness of the cosmos ! "
" On Midgard, in the mountains that surround Hringanes, in Heidmork, it has begun to snow. It is my wish that the climate become slightly milder so that this bothersome storm should turn into nothing more than a gentle rain. " she explained respectfully.
Frigga, hidden by the protective shield known as Svalinn, could not see Sunna smile warmly as she replied to her request, but she could hear her kindness in the sun Goddesses' tone.
" I can make deserts swelter, melt glaciers, and turn cool marshes into humid forests. Are you sure, All-Mother, that you do not wish me to do more ? " Sunna asked in return.
" If you will raise the temperature in the mountains that surround Hringanes it will be more than enough to satisfy my needs. " All-Mother replied.
Despite being safely behind the cooling shield, Frigga could feel Sunna's glory as she raised her internal temperature. And with each pump of her heart, which acted much like the bellows on a furnace, she sent her warmth soaring towards Midgard at a speed that was unfathomable even to the Gods of Asgard. Satisfied that Sunna had granted her wish, Frigga turned around, once again grabbed hold of the reins, and pulled the chariot hard, away from Sunna's path. When she felt she was far enough away from the searing glow of Sunna's heart, All-Mother pulled up on the reins and allowed Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr to rest.
Frigga waved to Sunna as she streaked past her, and in the silence of the vacuum of space she heard the crackling voice of the Sun Goddess as she roared by :
" Farewell my friend ! " was all she had time to say before she streaked away.
- End chapter 4
- Next : Chapter 5 : Rain, Rain, Go Away......
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2018.