Geirahod Tells All
Odin was feeding his great wolves, Geri and Freki, when he heard the doors open to his great hall. Although he had his back to the doors of the hall Odin continued to serve meat to his loyal pets as he counted his visitor's footsteps. His sharp mind was able to judge the exact distance of the guest from him, and the weight of that individual's steps told him that it was a female, and not one of his warriors. When the woman had reached the halfway point between the entrance and the high - seat, Odin petted his wolves on the head, turned and sat upon his royal throne.
Geirahod was a bold woman, and a fierce Valkyrie, but the sight of great Odin perched upon his high - seat slightly unnerved her. " May I have a word with you my Lord ? " she asked respectfully with a little school girl' s voice. Geirahod bowed and awaited his answer.
Odin nodded, and motioned for her to rise, and come closer. " Do not be afraid my dear ! Come here and tell me what it is that you have to say. "Odin told her in a tone that a father would use toward their child.
Geirahod nodded respectfully to Odin, and then began. " Valfather, I, Geirahod one of your loyal Valkyries, have come here today to seek justice, and to warn you of treachery that is taking place behind your back. " she told Odin.
Odin raised his eyebrows in surprise at what one of his maidens had just told him. " Treachery is a very strong charge my dear ! " Valfather told her. " Have you brought me proof to back up such a charge ? " he asked the Valkyrie with a long stare.
Geirahod suddenly regained her nerve. " Not only do I have proof, my Lord, but I have many witnesses who can testify to these heinous crimes ! " she told Valfather boldly.
Odin stroked his beard and nodded before replying : " Then I will hear what you have to say ! " he told her in the form of a command.
Geirahod lowered her head in mock shame as she began. " My Lord, I was attacked by my sister Valkyrie, Skogul, and was wounded by her sword. " she told Odin in a voice that hinted of tears. So severely injured was I, in fact, that my sister Hlokk had to take me on fast wings to see the Goddess Eir to heal my injury. " she added as she rubbed her shoulder to show where the injury had occurred.
Odin jumped up from his high - seat, and pointed his finger at Geirahod. " And why did Skogul attack one of her sisters ?!" Odin demanded to know in a booming voice.
Geirahod was startled by Odin' s sudden loud outburst ! " Be.... be.... because I confronted her in front of the other Valkyries about the affair she is having with a human named Kolskegg, my Lord. " she told Valfather nervously.
Odin' s eye widened . " Have you witnessed this affair yourself ?! " he demanded to know.
Geirahod could not help but grin as she answered . " Yes, my Lord ! I traveled to the Kingdom of More with my sister Radgrid, and we both witnessed her breaking the blood oath that she took to you great Odin. " she replied.
Odin sat back down, and reached down to pet Geri and Freki, who sat faithfully by his side. He then stroked his beard several times before continuing. " Why did you not come to me sooner ? " he asked suspiciously.
Geirahod lowered her head again. This time she truly was embarrassed. " For that I apologize to you my Lord ! " she told him. " Forgive me ! I simply could not believe that one of my own sisters, and an honored Valkyrie, could betray us all as she has ! " she added in her defense.
Then Geirahod, in a very bold move, stepped forward and placed her hands on the arms of the Valfather's high - seat. The Valkyrie leaned forward and looked Odin directly in the eye as she spoke. " And that is why I have come before you this day great Odin. I seek justice ! " she told Valfather without lowering her stare.
Odin did not appreciate the Valkyries boldness ! He stood up quickly, startling the maiden, and forcing her, with his very presence, to retreat from the high - seat. In a cold tone Valfather addressed the Valkyrie. " Thank you for bringing this situation to my attention ! " he told her. Then he pointed to the golden doors of the great hall. " You may leave now, for this matter is now in my hands ! " he said with a twinge of anger.
Realizing that she had been too forward in her actions, Geirahod decided not to press the issue any further for now. Geirahod nodded to Odin. " I thank you for allowing me to have an audience with your greatness. " she told Valfather. Then Geirahod slowly walked to the entrance of the great hall. As she opened the doors she peered over her shoulder, and saw that Odin was still angrily staring at her. Geirahod nodded a final farewell, and then left the great hall.
Odin reached down and stroked the thick fur around Geri' s neck. " Does she think me a fool ?! " he asked his pets. " She seeks revenge, not justice from me Freki ! " he told his other wolf as he patted it on the head. Odin then stroked his beard again, and nodded. " I will speak to Skogul before I make any judgement on such an important matter. " he told himself. As Odin thought back on Geirahod's testimony he laughed. " She is lucky Skogul did not kill her ! "
Gondul had been searching for Skogul for most of the day. She had first traveled to Midgard to see if her friend was with her lover Kolskegg, but she was not there. Gondul then decided to go back to Valhalla to wait for her friend to return. It was there as she circled high above that she saw Skogul sitting up against a tall tree at the edge of the courtyard near the great hall. Gondul dismounted before her steed had a chance to land all four of its hooves. " Where have you been ! " She shouted at Skogul angrily.
Skogul looked up at her friend who hovered above her with indifference. " I have been very lonely all day, and have been sitting here deciding what it is that I should do. " she told Gondul sadly.
Gondul shook her head back and forth in disgust. " Are you aware of the fact that Geirahod has gone to see Odin because of what you have done ! ? " she asked. Before Skogul had a chance to answer Gondul added : " You should go and see Odin as soon as possible to counter any lies that Geirahod has told the Valfather ! "
Skogul put her head down and began to cry. " I am afraid that most of what Geirahod has told Odin is true. I did attack and injure my sister Valkyrie. I am in love with the human warrior named Kolskegg. And I am willing to risk everything for the man that I love ! " she told Gondul as she broke down sobbing.
- End Chapter 6
- Next : Chapter 7 : Odin' s Judgement
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