Logi : The Ruler Of Fire
Judgement By Fire
Logi could not hear the screams of the humans he was incinerating over the roar of the firestorm that he and his wife had unleashed upon the small village. If he had heard their shrill shrieks, and cries for help, he might have felt some pity for them, but cocooned as he was in a bubble of intense flames he heard nothing but the soothing crackling of the fires as they ravaged everything in their path. Glöð, much like the village they were setting ablaze, was being consumed by the flames of anger that she felt for the Midgardians who had dared to kidnap her baby ! As she passed by the charred remains of these weak and vulnerable humans her only thought was that they must be wiped clean off the face of this world so that respectable beings,.... the Jotun race,... could make this realm an honorable one !
And so the total devastation of the blue world continued. The wind swept flames blew through every forest, farmland, village, and town that lay in the path of their wrath. Nothing and no one was spared. If it was combustible it burned to ash, and those things, such as metals that could not burn, were twisted and distorted into barely recognizable shapes by the intense heat of their flames. And all the while Kári acted like a bellow in the Fire Giant's inferno forcing the flames to ever greater heights.
When the Jotuns reached the end of human settlements, and entered the great wilderness of mountains and uninhabited valleys that lay beyond, they were not deterred in the least. The wild fires that the Fire Giants ignited in one valley were pushed up the mountain sides, and over into the next valley, by the updrafts and downdrafts caused by the force of Kári's mighty breath. Logi and Glöð were not satisfied, nor did they leave a forest, until it was reduced to charred stumps and white ash. Their anger was so intense that it melted away the snow capped peaks, and even the rocks on the highest of mountains were scorched by their great power. The rush of water down the mountainsides caused massive mudslides that further devastated the landscape and changed the terrain of the area forever.
A few of the villages, whose leaders recognized that this was not a natural occurrence early enough to react, tried to fight back against the Fire Giants. Some attempted to attack them wet blankets and buckets of water, but no human could get close enough to these demons to injure them before their clothes, or their hair, caught on fire. The few who came closest to the Fire Giants suffered greatly, as their eyes were poached like eggs, and their skin sizzled like meat on a griddle, before they burst into flames from the intense magnitude of their heat.
One town did manage to save themselves by breaking open a dam and flooding their village. Although some lives were spared the horrible fate of being burned alive, many were drowned and washed away in the deep muddy waters that engulfed their homes which lay in a valley beneath the penned up mountain lake. In the end the result was very much the same. Everything of material value was lost, at the cost of many, many, lives.
When Logi, Glöð, and Kári reached the Norwegian coast that were bitterly disappointed to see that many of the inhabitants had taken to their ships and sailed out to sea. If the Fire Giants could not reach the humans, as they scurried away in their sailing vessels, they certainly could destroy everything that they left behind. All along the western fjords and seaports the Fire Giants left nothing standing that was not made of stone.
At Glöð's behest Logi went down to the sea to ask his brother Aegir for help in destroying the ships of the humans that were sailing upon his watery domain. But to his great disappointment he refused.
" I understand your anger, and sympathize with you brother, but Odin and the Gods are my friends. I would not feel right and honorable for me to help you kill Odin's children. " he explained to Logi.
Not satisfied, Glöð tried to force the issue by begging Ran to help them wipe out these evil humans.
" You are a mother of nine ! Surely you must understand how I feel ! " she pleaded with Ran.
As her daughters lapped up against the Norwegian shoreline Ran looked deep into Glöð's burning eyes as she replied.
" I understand how you feel, and I assure you that I do sympathize with the anger you feel. And as much as I would like to allow my daughters to feast on the dead bloated flesh of these humans, I have to agree with my husband. This fight is not ours. " she explained to Glöð, before heading back out into deeper waters followed closely by her daughters.
Although Logi and Glöð were greatly disappointed with the Sea Jotun's decision it did not dissuade them in any way from continuing their own mission of revenge. The Fire Giants, with Kári not far behind, quickly headed north as they continued to burn a wide swath of destruction through Norway before turning east and heading for the Land of the Swedes.
- End Chapter 5
- Next : Chapter 6 : A Plea For Help
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2017.