Jord : The Goddess Born In The Cosmos
A Helping Hand
Slowly, over a great expanse of time, a life form began to grow into a huge creature with long arms, and legs. She watched, as a mother watches her child, as it fed on the milk of the proto - cow Audhumla, which had emerged from the thawing frost. She also observed the great cow as it slowly licked another being out of a block of salt. This creature, smaller than the other, did not stay with the Giant, but left to find his own way. He was named Buri, and he was the first of the Aesir.
The Goddess with no name witnessed the giant creature, who she named Ymir, give birth while it slept. In the night the great Giant had begun to sweat profusely, and from under his left arm grew a male Jotun, while his right arm produced a female Giantess. And from one of his legs he gave birth to a son within the salty liquid, and from these these children of Ymir she watched as over time it's descendants populated Jotunheim.
The Fertile Goddess decided that she would stay for a while in this world of Giants, but it was a cold and barren place for the most part, and she did not want to call it home. Then one day, many many years later, she observed three beings of the Aesir race killing the Giant who had formed out of the stagnant pool. She watched in utter fascination as they made a new world out of its body parts. This new sphere, however, was a hot molten world also barren of life.
These three beings, who belonged to the race known as the Aesir, had placed in the sky above this new world a Goddess named Sunna, who burned as bright as any star in the heavens as she rode across the planet's sky. To rule the night, and to tug on this new world, these Gods placed another God in the sky named Mani.
The nameless Goddess quickly became aware of the great potential for life on such a wonderful place, and she began to cool the surface of this world with her mild breath. With a gentle push she started the world's core turning, protecting it from the powerful but invisible rays of Sunna's radiant glare.
As the world cooled, water vapor no longer boiled off into the heavens, but instead formed clouds that grew heavy with the moisture that was once Ymir's blood. When these clouds could no longer contain the weight that they held they rained down on the new world filling every depression with fresh water. After many millennium of traveling through the universe the nameless one decided to make this ' Midgard ', as the Aesir called it, her home. She no longer hovered over the great blue planet, but now became a living part of the world. Within her womb she planted the seeds of life and growth, and the blue planet began to slowly turn to green as well.
Over many millennium she allowed a multitude of creatures to roam over her vast domains. Everything from the largest dinosaur to the smallest single cell creature fed on the great abundance of food she provided for them. She was happy and content in this living world that she had helped to create.
Many of these creatures and organisms died out over the many years, and she was saddened by their passing. However, they were simple creatures that could not adapt to the ever changing conditions of her living world. The Goddess fully understood that only the strongest should be allowed to survive, for the weak would never inherit her world.
Then one day the Gods returned. Three of the Aesir, the same as before she was certain, came back to her world. They walked throughout the northern lands of Midgard until they came to the shore. Here they stopped and seemed to be intrigued by two trees which had no fate. They did not breathe, nor did they speak, or have thoughts. She watched with great fascination as the one called Odin gave the trees life's breath. Hoenir gave them the ability to think, while the third brother, Lodur, changed their features until they resembled the Gods. The trees' roots slowly became legs, the branches arms, the leaves hair, and the trunk formed their main body. Then the Gods gave them that which was most important. They gave them free will, and sent them on their way.
At first the nameless one was not impressed by these new beings, but as time went on her opinion slowly began to alter. To test these Midgardians she repeatedly changed the climate. First she made the world warm and humid, and then she caused their to be a great ice age. The humans did not die out like the dinosaurs, and other creatures, but instead adapted to the changing conditions and prospered. She respected these strange little beings who seemed so frail, and yet who fought against the changing elements with an honor which she had never seen in other creatures. The one with no name began to raise these ' humans' above all others in her eyes. It was then that the World Goddess decided to help, and protect these creatures, the way a mother covets her children.
- End Chapter 2
- Next : Chapter 3 : A Goddess Honored
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.