Logi : The Ruler Of Fire
An Unlikely Ally
The Ruler of the Oceans also knew, however, that every moment he remained silent more of Midgard would be destroyed by fire, and its inhabitants wiped out in the inferno being created by Logi and Glöð. Finally, when Aegir felt he could hold his tongue no longer, he cleared his throat and spoke to his old friend.
" This should not have come to pass, my Asgardian friend. We Jotuns were deceived by one of our own, and led to believe that a Midgardian king had caused great harm to one of our kind. " he explained to the Lord of Asgard.
Odin slowly turned around and faced the Sea King.
" And who was it that perpetrated such a dastardly lie that could have caused such destruction on my children's world ? " Odin asked, while trying to remain calm.
When Aegir did not immediately answer, the Lord of Asgard gave him a sharp look.
" Name him ! " Odin bellowed.
Aegir hung his head low, and breathed deeply, before answering the All-Father's question.
" I am reluctant to tell you for fear that you will hold it against the entire Jotun race. " he replied cautiously.
Odin's eye narrowed as his fury rose to new heights, and he pointed his finger at Aegir as though it were a weapon.
" And if you do not tell me I will hold all the Giants responsible for this act of war against my children ! " he screamed at Aegir angrily.
The Sea Giant acknowledged that he understood with a nod.
" It was Loki who is ultimately responsible for all of this devastation and carnage. He stole the Fire Giant Logi's daughter and made it look as though the Midgardians were to blame. I do not seek to excuse the actions of Logi and Glöð, but just as you are now angry at what has happened to your human children, so too were they angered by what they perceived as a great dishonor to their family. " Aegir explained to Odin as respectfully as he could manage.
Odin's eye opened wide as the anger drained from him, and a smile, albeit a small one, came over his face.
" Your honesty once again has made me proud to call you my friend. We must hurry now to stop the Fire Giants before they lay waste to any more of Midgard ! " he told Aegir.
Aegir shook his head negatively.
" No ! My old friend you must go and help your son stop the Fire Giants. I on the other hand will seek out someone who can quell the fires caused by their fury. " he informed the All-father.
Odin pounded Gungnir hard into Midgard's soil, and in a flash of light Sleipnir galloped toward him as if out of thin air.
" I know that you will do what is right, my friend, but I do ask that you do it as quickly as possible ! " he told Aegir with a slight hint of warning in his voice.
As Odin mounted his great eight-legged horse, and turned to fly away, Aegir shouted after him.
" I will not fail you my old friend ! " he assured the All-Father.
Fornjotr carefully picked his way through the burned out remains of what was once a thriving evergreen forest. By the amount of thick smoke that rose up from the red hot ashes of the woodland's floor, the father of Logi could tell that he was getting closer to the battle. When he saw lightning flash across the smoke blackened sky, and heard the booming crash of thunder nearby, he began to run in the direction of the violent battle.
Despite the intense importance of the moment Fornjotr stopped dead in his tracks and watched the great fight that was transpiring right before his eyes. In one area there was Kári and Njordr battling each other with the invisible weapon of the wind. Fornjotr could not see the air that traveled between the two combatants, but he did get a sense of its violence by the way it blew over whole stands of trees. Before it reached Njordr, its intended victim, however, the wind died down to a mere breeze, which barely ruffled the hair of the one who was known as the God of Safe Harbors.
Not far from this spectacle Logi and Glöð were locked in mortal combat with Thor and Freyr. The Fire Giants were casting a fiery whirlwind of fury at the Gods. Thor blocked some with the sun shield, while with his swirling hammer he formed a vortex, which deflected the remaining flames. When Odin suddenly appeared on his great white horse Sleipnir, Thor threw his defenseless father the shield, and twirled his hammer with both hands to fend off the intense flames. Despite the great power of the shield Svalinn, and the might of Sleipnir, the wall of flames hurled at him by the Fire Giants began to push the All-Father backwards. Freyr, the only God who did not hold a weapon in his hands, used his powerful Vanir seidr to open up the skies and allow a torrent of rain to cover and protect the Lord of Asgard.
Fornjotr stood mesmerized for a long moment observing the monumental battle of Gods and Giants, but when an especially large and powerful lightning bolt struck the ground in front of Glöð, knocking her to the ground, the Jotun woke from his stupor and shouted at the top of his lungs for all sides to stop.
Both the Jotuns and the Gods stopped their fight more out of shock than the ability of this lone Jotun to prevent the fight from continuing . And in that moment of peacefulness, Fornjotr saw his chance to end the conflict.
" Logi, my son ! You must stop this at once !! " he screamed above the roar of the raging fires.
Logi, whose fury was high, gave his father an evil stare.
" And why should I stop father ! ? Tell me why I should not destroy all of Midgard ? ! " he shouted back defiantly.
Fornjotr walked slowly up to his son, and with a look locked into place somewhere between horror and pity replied:
" Because,... my son,... these Midgardians did not take your child, nor did they mean us Jotuns any harm. It was Loki who kidnapped you daughter and placed her here in Midgard. " he explained quietly, while Odin physically held back Thor from attacking.
Logi's fury died down a little as he asked :
" And how do you know this, father ?! "
Fornjotr forced a small smile onto his face when he replied.
" Because Eysa told us that the being who took her could make himself invisible,... and we all know that there are very few Gods, and only two Jotuns, who can perform this type of magic. And the only Jotuns who can become invisible are Utgard Loki and Loki . " he informed his son.
Logi and Glöð turned down their heat and stared at one another for a very long time, while the Gods, restrained by Odin mounted upon Sleipnir, kept up their guard just in case the battle resumed.
" We did not know ! How could we have known ? ! " Glöð shouted over at the Gods.
Odin lowered his shield, dismounted from Sleipnir, and walked over to the Fire Giants.
" It is not too late. Help us to put out the fires, and all will be forgiven. " Odin offered up to the Fire Giants.
Logi looked around at all the devastation before replying.
" I am not sure that even we Fire Giants can stop the fury of these flames. " he told Odin.
Suddenly two figures appeared between the two sides. One was Aegir, while the other was the one who the Sea God had promised to bring. Gods and Fire Giants alike stood in shock as they stared in disbelief at the one Aegir had brought to Midgard.
" Freyr will you be so kind as to cause the skies to open up with rain ? " the blue figure asked.
Freyr looked over at Odin, who nodded his approval, before causing a deluge of rain to fall.
" And Kári, I need you to blow the rain across the burning forests. " he told the Wind Giant.
As Kári blew his wind across the forests, in a gale seldom seen this far inland, Njordr, who had only moments before tried to kill the Giant, created a wind to join with Kári's. While Freyr's rain came pouring sideways down in sheets upon the burning forests Farbauti pointed his mighty frozen scepter at the torrent turning everything into a thick sheet of ice, and extinguishing the flames.
When the fires nearest to them were out the Lord of the Frost Giants gave Odin and Thor an angry stare.
" Someday these lands will be ours, but we will win them in an honorable battle, and not with deception and lies ! " he explained harshly to the All-Father.
Odin placed the sun shield Svalinn on the ground and nodded.
" On that day we will oppose you with all our might,... but in the meantime what shall we do about Loki ? " Odin asked.
Before Farbauti could answer Glöð ignited herself into a ball of fire that lit up the sky.
" My husband and I will deal with the Teller of Lies ! This I promise you !! " she told both rulers.
- End Chapter 9
- Next : Chapter 10 : Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire !
Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2017.