Logi : The Ruler Of Fire
" Eat up little one ! For nothing must happen to you,.... yet ! " he told the little Fire Giant.
Loki left the cave the same way he had entered. He cast a spell, one which Utgard - Loki had taught him many years before, and made himself invisible. He then simply walked straight through the crowd who were celebrating the child's birth without being seen by anyone. As he left the top of the mountain, and began to walk down a steep path back to the ravine, he clearly heard a female scream and a male voice pleading for help. The anguish of the distraught parents did not phase the Trickster at all. He kept going as if he had not a care in all the nine worlds.
Fornjótr ran over to his son and daughter - in- law with a look of sheer disbelief on his face. He looked down at the empty fire pit, then up at Glöð, and finally over to Logi.
" Who could have done such a thing ? ! " he asked his son in a tone that reflected his incredulity.
Logi, who was mired in a state of shock, just stood there shaking his head. Glöð, however, was so furious that she screamed. As her anger grew she began to glow white hot .
" Don't just stand there ! " she yelled at those around her.
" Do something ! Find my daughter !! " she demanded.
In a scene that would have been comical under many other circumstances the Jotuns turned and ran in every direction to search for the missing Fire Child. Many bumped into each other, and some were knocked to the ground in the midst of the utter confusion of the moment. Glöð shook her head in dismay over the sad spectacle, and turned back to her husband.
" Find my daughter now ! " she told Logi in a fit of fury.
Logi could feel the heat of his wife's anger upon his face. If they were not on a mountain top that had been cleared of anything flammable everything combustible would have instantly burst into flames from her rage. Her intense anger allowed him to break the spell of shock that had a hold on him, and he quickly acted.
" Kári ! Brother !! Please fly as the wind to every corner of each of the nine worlds in search of my daughter ! " he both ordered and begged at the same time.
Kári disappeared without saying a word, but the breeze he left behind reassured his brother that he had wasted no time in getting started.
Logi cooled his arms, then turned to Aegir. He grabbed him firmly by the shoulders, looked him in the eyes, and asked for his help as well.
" Brother ! Lord of the Seas, and King of the Deep, please look in every bay, and harbor. Search every island and fjord for my little Eysa ! Bring her back to us ! " he pleaded.
Aegir threw his arms around his brother, but quickly let go after a brief moment because of the intense heat. As he rubbed his red scorched hands he answered his brother's request.
" I shall not disappoint you brother ! I will do all in my power to find your little girl ! " he assured him.
Before leaving to search for Eysa himself, Logi sat Glöð down on a rock and spoke soft words to her.
" I know that you wish to join us in our search for Eysa, but you are in no condition to help us, and will only cause more harm than good should you look for our daughter. Remain here and rest while our friends and I seek her out. " he explained calmly.
Glöð did want to go with her husband, but she too realized that in her present state she could cause great damage to any flora and fauna her intense heat came upon. With great reluctance in her voice she agreed to stay behind.
" I will wait here for you, ....but please hurry my love ! " she implored her husband.
Loki entered Midgard with great haste. He was well aware that the search for Eysa was already underway, and he needed to put the Fire Child in place before they found her,....or worse yet,... him with her !
Once he reached the border of Vestfold in the Midgardian land known as Norway, Loki doubled his pace again, and did not slow up until he saw the great hall of the king of Vestfold off in the distance. As he approached the hall Loki once again cast the spell of invisibility and disappeared. Although he could not be seen, he could not walk through a closed door either, and had to remain outside the hall until someone entered the structure so he could follow them in. The Mischief Maker had to nervously wait through quite a few tense moments until a group of Midgardians finally opened the door.
Loki followed the warriors into the hall, where it appeared that some sort of meeting was taking place. At the far end of the great hall Loki saw King Bjarnlaugr, and Queen Arndisa, sitting on their high seats listening to what one of their subjects was telling them. Loki had no interest in the proceedings, and quickly walked to the middle of the room where he dumped Eysa out of the cauldron and into the hall's fire pit.
The fire flared for a brief moment, which garnered a few stares from those assembled in the hall, but it was quickly forgotten as insignificant. As Loki turned to leave he grinned from ear to ear.
" So far,.... so good ! " he whispered to himself happily.
Loki's smile quickly turned to an impatient grimace as he had to wait three times as long for someone to open the door again for him to exit the hall !
Fornjótr, with Skaði's help, searched throughout Jotunheim for the missing child, while Surtr and his fire minions scoured Muspellheim for any sign of Eysa. Neither had any luck at all. Likewise, Aegir searched every island and harbor but his efforts were just as fruitless. Farbauti had also agreed to search his frozen domain for the daughter of Logi. Despite sending his Frost Giants to every corner of his frozen world he had a deep sinking feeling that she was not here, and that his son had something to do with this whole mess.
Unlike the others Kári was able to search a greater area at a much more rapid pace. Water, forests, and even the highest mountains were no impediment for the one who literally personified the wind itself. After swirling around the first eight worlds Kári came to Midgard, the land of Odin's children. His first pass over the northern and southern hemispheres netted him nothing, but when he came back to the northern lands for a second run he detected a feint crackling cry for help from down in a village in what he knew as the Kingdom of Vestfold.
Logi circled around the structure several times. He could hear Eysa' s crackling whimpers, and saw her ashen tears in the smoke as they rose up into the cool air from the structure. With the fury of a hurricane Kári flew back to Jotunheim to tell his brother that he had found his daughter. As he traveled back to the place of his birth he tried to understand why the humans would have taken a Fire Giant's child. These Midgardians had always been fascinated by fire from their earliest beginnings, and they relied on it greatly for warmth, light, and to cook their food, but there was one question that Kári kept asking himself over and over :
" Why would these humans steal a Fire Giant's child when they had already mastered the ability to create fire a millennium before ? "
- End Chapter 3
- Next : Chapter 4 : The Rescue
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2017.