Logi : The Ruler Of Fire
Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire !
" My Lord ! My Lord ! The sun has risen this morning !! " he shouted at the top of his lungs.
King Eric the Victorious, and Queen Sigríð Storråda, slowly roused from their sleep and sat up in their bed. In their sleep induced stupor they both asked almost simultaneously :
" What ?! "
Hring rolled his eyes at their confusion.
" The sun,..... Sunna,... she once again is riding across our sky ! " he reiterated.
King Eric, who had not yet comprehended the importance of such a statement, gave Hring an angry stare.
" You woke us up to tell us that the sun has risen ?! " he shouted angrily.
Before Hring could answer Sigríð awoke to the realization of what had happened, and jumped out of bed. As she raced to the entrance of the tent she yelled back at her husband :
" Odin has placed Svalinn back into the heavens to protect us from Sunna's might ! " she told him happily.
Eric's mind was still dulled by the fog of sleep and he shrugged his shoulders to show his continued confusion. Sigríð smacked her lips with disgust before turning and smiling at the bright rays of light that entered the tent as she pulled back the flap.
" It means that the Gods have defeated the Fire Giants ! We are safe once again my love ! " she explained to her bewildered husband.
Eric clapped his hands together as the enormity of the moment finally sank in.
" Once again the Gods have proven to be our protector and our champion ! We are blessed to stand in their glory ! " he stated proudly to no one in particular.
As the last fires on Midgard died out under the relentless onslaught of wind, water, and ice, Farbauti placed the end of his ice scepter into the charred remains of what was once a thriving forest, and ignoring the Vanir God who had been instrumental in dousing the flames, turned to the Fire Giants.
" I will not allow you to kill my son ! " he told them defiantly.
Logi and Glöð looked at each other before turning their attention to the Lord of the Frost Giants. While Glöð gave Farbauti an angry stare, Logi stepped forward to address the Jotun's concerns.
" What your son has done is awful and deserves a punishment as severe as the crime he has committed. I do not believe though that his mischief, this time, has quite risen to the level of the penalty of death. " he told the Jotun ruler.
Glöð walked up to Logi and placed a flaming arm around him.
" I agree with my husband. In this case the punishment must equal the height of the crime,... and no more ! " she explained to the father of Loki.
Farbauti nodded to the Fire Giants.
" I will take you on your word, and leave you, and this world, in peace ! " he told them.
The Frost Giant placed two fingers in his mouth and whistled. Moments later a giant wolf came running up to him. Farbauti mounted the great beast, grabbed hold of the reins, and turned back toward the Fire Giants one last time.
" Remember, if anything should cause my son to dwell in Niflheim,.... I will avenge his death ! " he explained.
Glöð grinned wickedly as he rode off.
" I have never known a Frost Giant I could not burn ! " she told her husband sarcastically.
Logi and Glöð searched the nine worlds for Loki, but they could not find him anywhere. Even Kári, who had the ability to fly high over the surface of each of the nine worlds, could not locate The Trickster's whereabouts. The Fire Giants were about to give up when Logi's brother Aegir arrived with a message from Odin.
" You will find The Defiler of Truth in a cave called The Sunless Cavern located in Svartalfheim. It can only be accessed through a small opening on the north side of Craggy Mountain. " Aegir informed his Fire Giant kin.
Glöð looked suspiciously at her brother-in-law.
" Why does Odin wish to help us Fire Giants find his blood-brother ? " she asked.
" Because Odin believes that every evil deed must be punished with a deed of equal severity, or the perpetrator of such acts will continue along a path of evil forever ! " the Sea Giant explained.
Logi smiled as he nodded to his brother.
" The All-Father is wise ! " Logi had to admit.
" Thank Odin for us Aegir ! " Glöð quickly added.
Aegir pointed to the sky and shook his head.
" There is no need to bother. For Odin watches over us even now as we speak ! " he explained.
Loki sat alone in the darkness. The Great Deceiver knew that eventually someone would find out that it was he who had kidnapped little Eysa and made it look as though the Midgardians had committed the crime. He was hoping, however, that before that happened Midgard would be reduced to a world of ash and glowing embers. In the meantime he would remain safe and hidden here in the cavern that the Dwarves called Sunless.
The Mischief Maker was taking a nap when he was awakened by a slight noise. When he peered off into the distance he noticed a dim light at the far end of the cavern. With a perturbed yawn he thought to himself that if the Dwarves had come to disturb his sleep he would surely make them pay a high price for their indiscretion. It was just then that he realized that the cozy dampness and chill of the cavern had been replaced by an uncomfortable warmth and humidity that could not possibly be caused by even a hundred torch carrying Dwarves.
" Was it the Dwarves, or Odin, who told you where I was hiding ? " Loki asked the flickering points of light that approached from out of the darkness.
" Odin ! " Logi replied.
Loki jumped up and confronted the Fire Giants.
" Then my blood-brother will have to pay a steep price for dishonoring me in such a was as this. " he told them angrily.
Loki moved forward with the intention of forcing his way past the Fire Giants. He did not get far ! A fierce blast of wind, stronger than anything that Midgard could produce, blew him off of his feet and held him firmly, like a fly caught in a spider's web, against the far wall of the cave. Loki struggled mightily against the force that held him in place, but he was soon exhausted by his efforts and went limp.
Aegir grabbed the Mischief Maker roughly, and placed him face down over a small boulder. After tying him securely in place the Sea Giant removed Loki's boots. It was then that the two smaller Fire Giants moved forward into the rear of the cavern. When they were within twenty feet of the immobilized Frost Giant Eimyrja turned to her little sister Eysa and pointed to Loki's feet.
" Now aim your embers towards the feet of Loki. When you can hit them consistently with your burning embers at this distance we will move back ten feet further and begin again. " she instructed her sister.
The Fire Giants laughed at Loki's great discomfort as Eysa missed her mark over and over again. Hot embers rained down upon every part of Loki's body causing him to wince in pain and cry out. It took months for Eysa to hit the targets that Eimyrja had shown her, and each time she missed, or hit her mark, Loki paid dearly for what he had done.
It is said that the Light Elves in Ljosalfheim, the Fire Giants in Muspellheim, the Gods in Asgard and Vanaheim, and even the humans on Midgard, could hear Loki's shrieks of pain every time Eysa hit, or missed, her target.
- The End
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- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2017.