Loki : The Jealous God
As Loki looked out from Hlidskjalf he could see not only the exterior of the temple, but also could peer into the interior as well. He winced as he saw the statues honoring Odin and Thor. His eyes bulged with surprise and horror, however, when he saw the statue of Freyja. Loki leaned forward to make sure that what he was seeing was really there. His eyes had not deceived him. The wooden statue of Thor was in the middle, and it was flanked on one side by Odin, and on the other by Freyja.
Loki became flushed with anger ! If it had been Freyr, Balder, or even Tyr, instead of Freyja, maybe he could have let it go. Loki could not, no he would not, allow himself to understand how they could honor that Vanir whore over the great Loki, who had done so much for the Gods and man. In fury he pounded his fists on the arms of the high seat over and over again. When the anger subsided enough for him to think clearly again he looked thoughtfully at the temple, stroked his chin, and said in a low whisper : " No ! I will not let this stand ! Not this time ! "
Odd was extinguishing the temple's candles, a laborious task, in preparation of retiring to his chamber in the rear of the temple. Suddenly there was a cold draft blowing through the temple. The candles that were still lit flickered in the air's movement. Odd followed the flow of the air in the opposite direction, and saw that the doors were slightly ajar. Odd became very nervous as he sensed a presence in the room with him. The Godi walked quickly over to the door and closed it. The air was cold by the entrance, and he involuntarily shivered for a moment . Then he spun around, and said in a quivering voice : " Is someone here ? " At first there was no response, just the faint echo of his own words, reached his ears. Then a voice, not much more than a whisper at first , came from the side of the temple where he had already blown out most of the candles. Odd could not see what was behind the voice, but in the flickering of the temple's candles he could make out a gray outline within the blackness of the shadows. Although the image was not well defined, Odd somehow knew that it was Loki who had come to his temple. And it scared him greatly ! As Loki slowly spoke the shadowy face changed from one grotesque shape to another. Each one more hideous than the last.
" You are not much of a man Midgardian ! " Loki bellowed in a raspy voice. " Look at you shaking like the leaves upon a tree in the wind. Do you know why I have come to visit such an insignificant bug such as yourself ? " Loki asked. Odd did not attempt to answer, nor did Loki wait for a reply. " I came because I am tired of being dishonored by insignificant little trolls such as yourself ! How can you honor that bitch Freyja and not ME ?! " Loki shouted with such force that all of the candles in the temple flickered. " Answer me you effeminate fool ! " Loki added.
Odd took a few steps backwards before answering Loki with quivering lips, and a dry mouth. " Well......, he said slowly, .....we actually honor all of the Gods and Goddesses here in, and on, the temple grounds. It was built for Odin, Thor, and Freyja, but anyone can come and sacrifice to whichever God or Goddess they so choose and ........ " Loki bellowed interrupting Odd's reply : " Silence you imbecile ! There are no images of me here in this temple or upon the temple grounds ! Do you expect me to believe that you have sacrificed here in my honor ?! " Loki questioned. " Well..... actually no one has asked to sacrifice to you just yet, but I am sure eventually someone will. " Odd said through chattering teeth. " Or maybe you have prevented them from doing so you little insect ! " Loki said ominously.
Loki stepped out of the shadows and into the dim light . As he did so Odd stepped back into the shadows of the statues of the Gods. " Look how the brave Godi backs away ! Where are you going you sniveling little coward ! " Loki said with a murderous tone in his voice. Just then the candles closest to the statues seemed to flare, and the shadows of the idols seemed to move. Loki stood transfixed as he saw what the Godi could not see. The eyes of the statue to Thor burned bright red, and Loki understood oh too well what this meant. This insignificant creature was chosen, and stood with the Gods. He could not injure directly this human without breaking Odin's decree of protection of such Midgardians. Loki gave out a short shrill scream of anger and disgust, and then disappeared into the shadows.
Loki sat back in Odin' s high seat and wrung his hands as if he were washing them over and over. How could this be ? Why would Thor and the other Gods protect this little puny coward of a Midgardian ? Why would the Gods choose such a person to honor with their almighty protection ? Loki had no answers to these questions, but he knew one thing, and that was that he could not be the one to kill the Godi, or destroy the temple . He needed to find a human that he could trick into doing it for him !
- Glenn Bergen, Copyright, 2013.
End Part 4
Next : Rognvald' s Death !