Loki, as always keeping to his word, returned to Aegir's Hall while the Gods were holding a feast for which the Sea Jotun brewed his wonderful ale. The hall was lit with gold that shined like the sun, and the horns were kept filled by Aegir's faithful servants Fimafeng and Eldir. Everyone was having a wonderful time in the sea Jotun's peaceful sanctuary. All that is save one !
No one quite knew how Loki entered the hall, but in a fit of rage the Deceiver of Gods killed Aegir's servant Fimafeng. The Gods were appalled ! They picked up their weapons, and shields, and chased the Mischief Monger into the forest. Loki came back a short time later, however, and had words outside of the hall with Aegir's other servant . Eldir warned the Trickster not to go inside, but Loki said that he refused to be denied, and reentered the great hall.
Inside, Odin, who still feared that Loki would tell of his affairs with Minda and Saga, told his son Vidar to rise up and give Fenrir's father his seat. Almost immediately after being served ale by Odin's son, Loki began to verbally assault each of the Gods and Goddesses in turn. He accused Bragi of being no warrior ! Idunn, Freyja, and even Frigga of being whores ! The God of Lies told tales of how Njord bore his son from his sister, and that Tyr's trusty wife was the mother of his son ! But worst of all Loki let slip that he had planned the killing of Balder.
The ale made Loki bold and unafraid of the Gods. That is, until Freyr's servant Beyla felt the mountains tremble, and announced that Thor was returning from the east where he had been fighting Jotuns. When Thor heard Loki's evil words he threatened the Trickster with his hammer. Loki at first remained defiant, but soon he decided that discretion was the better part of valor, and reluctantly fled the hall.
Before Loki left, however, he uttered ominous words directed at Aegir and the Gods.
" You brewed the ale Aegir, but never again will you hold a feast in your hall. May everything you own fall to the flames and drag you down with it ! " Loki screamed as he fled.
Many in the hall were confused by the Deceiver of God's words. Odin, Frigga, and Heimdall, however, gave each other fearful glances. For they knew of what Loki was speaking. All three simultaneously whispered :
" RAGNAROK ! "
- The End
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.