An Uncivil War
( Part Two Of The Ítreksjóð Trilogy )
The Rock Dwarves' Plan
Fjalar looked over at his brother Galar, and pointed down at the raggedy band of Earth Dwarves being escorted back to their deep domain.
" What fools they were to think that they could steal the Asgardians' gold ! " Fjalar told his brother with a laugh.
Galar gave his brother an expression of total annoyance.
" Yes ! But we were much smarter when we killed the God Kvasir, mixed his blood with honey to make the Mead of Poetry, and were not satisfied with what we had ! " he replied angrily.
Galar shook his in disgust before adding :
" No ! We had to go and kill a Giant and his wife and lose it all !! "
Fjalar frowned, and pouted before defending himself.
" How was I to know that the Giant Gilling and his wife had a son who would ask for compensation ! Besides you killed the wife with the millstone ! " he explained.
Galar narrowed his eyes.
" Well, .... what could I do ? After we drowned her husband all she did was cry day after day, and wail like a wild animal at the sea,... and it was your idea to use the millstone ! " he quickly shot back.
Fjalar laughed !
" In the end their son Suttung lost the Mead of Poetry to Odin and the Aesir anyway ! "
Galar could not help but let out a bitter chuckle .
" The Gods wind up with everything in the end. " Galar replied with a disgusted shake of his head.
Fjalar stopped laughing for a moment, and suddenly his face reflected great anger.
" And what the Gods do give out seems to always go to our distant kin the Earth Dwarves. Little worms ! " he shouted bitterly.
Galar stroked his chin several times in deep thought.
" You know brother, power and wealth always belong to those who are the strongest. And right now our cousins are looking rather weak, and disorganized. " he told Fjalar with a little grin.
" I like where you are going with this. Their treasure is now ripe for the picking ! "
" And we have finally recovered from our little, ' situation ', with Skadhi. The Rock Dwarves are now the most powerful group here in Svartalfheim. We are even stronger than the Lovarr ! " he said smugly.
Fjalar's eyes met his brother's eyes and they both laughed.
" Now is the time to strike ! " they both yelled out simultaneously.
From a distance Fjalar and Galar followed the long line of Earth Dwarves back to the entrance of their underground domain, and watched as they limped back into their homeland. Then their joy turned sour in their mouths when they observed that the Aesir were guarding the entrance to the cave with two of Thor's sons, and what appeared to be Odin's wolves.
" There is no way in the nine worlds brother that I am going to try and fight my way through those two for gold,.... no matter how much there is for the taking ! " Fjalar informed his brother.
Galar shook his head in bewilderment .
" Do you really think that the Gods are going to guard the Earth Dwarves forever ? I doubt that they will stay here for more than a few cycles of our moons ! " he explained to his brother.
Fjalar somewhat nodded in agreement.
" But we will still have to sell the idea to our brother and sister Dwarves. Do you think that they will agree to start another war ? " he asked Galar.
" It is not always the item that you are selling that attracts the buyer,.... it is the way you package it ! " he told his brother with a wink.
Fjalar laughed heartily.
" Then we should take this to the market with a big bow, and see if the other Rock Dwarves will want what we have to offer ! " he replied happily.
When Fjalar and Galar had seen enough they quietly got up from the rock they were hiding behind and began the short walk back to their cliff homes. As they weaved in between boulders, and over rocky outcroppings, they discussed different ways to attack the Earth Dwarves. So involved in their conversation did they become that they never noticed the two ravens flying high above them.
- End Chapter 2
- Next : Chapter 3 : Motsognir Decides To See Odin
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2017.