Logi : The Ruler Of Fire
Lightning Versus Fire !
In front of the sun
does Svalinn stand,
The shield for the shining god;
Mountains and sea
would be set in flames
If it fell from before the sun.
- Grímnismál 38,
( Henry Bellows' translation )
There are many forces in the natural world that are well known for their power and fury, and some which will always remain a mystery to the minds of humans. The elemental forces that stood facing each other across the forests that surrounded the temple at Uppsala were very familiar to humans, as well as being both raw and brutal in their sheer strength and magnitude. The powers behind these elemental forces, however, were far beyond the understanding of these mortal Midgardians.
On the one side there was the spark that ignites fire through the miracle of the combustion of flammable materials. Anything that burned, living or dead, is no match for the great power of heat and the destructive actions of fire. Whatever it can not kill, or destroy, it can surely distort and damage to the point of uselessness. Fire needs only three things to become a force of great destruction. A spark, combustible materials, and oxygen, contained within the air to fan its might, are all that are required to cause a great path of utter and absolute devastation. Logi and Glöð provided the flames, Midgard the fodder for the fire to consume, and Logi infused the oxygen enriched winds that pushed the raging firestorm along the landscape.
Across from this fire line of almost unstoppable raw rage stood three beings, who could also summon the elements of nature. These individuals, unlike their opponents, were not blinded by the anger of their rage, but instead had the ability to reason through the use of logic to counter their enemy's actions.
Odin, the wisest of the wise, stood stoically holding back the firestorm with Svalinn held defiantly out in front of him. In the total darkness left behind by the absence of Sunna, Thor's thunderbolts lit the world up with great brilliance as they hit the ground in front of the Fire Giants. Odin had commanded his son to light the trees in front of the Jotuns to create a back fire to at least slow down the Fire Giants if they could not completely stop them.
In conjunction with the Thunder God's bolts of lightning, Odin ordered Freyr to seed the clouds with moisture making them heavy with rain that fell in torrents upon the blazing forests around Uppsala. At first the combination of lack of combustible material, and the drenching rain seemed to stop the Fire Gods from moving closer to the temple that honored them, but when Kári interjected his winds into the mix the flames jumped over this gap. Odin quickly realized that they would need more help if they were to deflect the Fire Giants away from the temple.
With the shield Svalinn held high to protect him from the intense heat produced by the firestorm, Odin pounded his great spear Gungnir hard into the fertile soil of Midgard, and pointed it towards Noatun. From the three points of the spear came forth a force of cosmic proportions, generated by Odin's mind, which reached out to the husband of the Mountain Goddess Skadhi. In a tremendous flash of light, as great as any spark created by the Fire Giants, a fourth God appeared on the hill that overlooked the burning forest .
Njordr bowed slightly as he addressed the Lord of Asgard.
" Great Odin ! I am honored that you have summoned me ! How may I be of assistance, oh wise one ? " Njordr proudly asked.
Odin lifted his spear up out of Midgard's firm grip and pointed it towards the invisible force that was fanning the flames in their direction.
" Can you stop Kári's winds from pushing the firestorm upon us ?! " Odin asked.
Njordr's lips drew up on one side of his face in a half grin as he reached out to the heavens with his arms fully outstretched.
" Kári and I are old adversaries. Sailors for centuries have cursed Kári, and have sought my safe harbors from his relentless and dangerous winds. I know him very well All-Father. " Njordr announced as if he were giving a speech.
Odin raised his eyebrows as the flames and heat beat against the sun - shield like a drum.
" Yes, Yes ! But can you prevent him from pushing the flames to the temple ? ! " he asked loudly and impatiently.
Njordr's grin turned into a pleasant smile as he replied to the worried Lord of Asgard.
" I have never been defeated by the Wind Giant yet ! " he told Odin confidently.
Suddenly, something very strange happened ! It was almost as though time itself had stopped for a moment. A quiet calm fell over the battlefield that was as invisible as the winds that Kári had created. This moment of serenity, however, was no less tangible than the great power of the Giant's forceful gale. The flames that had just moments before raged and bellowed with such great force were muted and diminished by the dead calm of Njordr's glory. What remained could not continue through Freyr's torrential rains, and died a quick death in a sizzling cloud of smoke that rose up over the forest.
Logi and Glöð were horrified by the power of the Asgardians. Their will had always prevailed before, and the sight of their raging firestorm being extinguished perplexed them to no end. Realizing that they could no longer move forward, or retreat backwards over scorched ground, Logi pointed a flaming finger northwards.
" Let us change course and head north to the land of the Lapps and the Finns ! " he instructed his wife and brother.
Odin, his son, Freyr, and Njordr chased after the Fire Giants harassing them and keeping their damage to a minimum. But like an ember carried upon a brisk wind to dried brush, for every fire they put out another ignited in a new location. If nothing else the Gods had to reluctantly admit that the Fire Giants were relentless in their determination to destroy the Earth with their flames !
When they reached the border between the Land of the Swedes, and that of the Finns, Odin did not accompany his fellow Gods any further in their quest to stop the Fire Giants from turning the beautiful lush green surface of Midgard into a landscape of blackened forests and grey ash. The All-Father had summoned the forces to contain the destruction, now he in turn, wished to discover the reason for the Fire Giants' fury so he could hopefully prevent this calamity from consuming the entire world !
Before leaving Odin handed the mighty shield Svalinn to Thor and wished them luck.
" I will either return with answers to the reason for this, or with every Asgardian to stop them ! " he assured them before leaving.
- End Chapter 7
- Next : Chapter 8 : The Truth Be Told
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2017.