The Jotun Horde
Atla had seen the human as he came down the tower, and had watched as he rode off on his horse. The leader of the Jotun marauders was not concerned, however. These puny Midgardians were as easy to kill as insects. That is if you could catch the little bugs before they scurried away !
The only concern that the Jotun leader had was that the God Thor, who had proclaimed himself the protector of Midgard, might somehow appear and give his warriors a real fight. In the past they had not been able to fight their way past The God of Thunder, but this time they had invaded Midgard with a great army which was split into three separate divisions. Thor would have to fight them one at a time which would give them time to consolidate their victories, and then allow them to deal with the stubborn God at a later time.
The great Jotun army had come down out of the cold north as one and then each went off in a different direction to conquer each of these unique northern lands. One invaded the lands known as the Finnmark to the humans. A second division made their way through the kingdom of the Swedes, while Atla's army was making excellent progress here in the North Way.
The Eastern Army had met some resistance in Finnmark from the Goddess known as Jord, but she was not strong enough to stop their push to the sea. The Central Army was involved in a desperate battle with Thor in the Swedes' lands, which was now locked in a brutal stalemate. With the Gods busy elsewhere Atla's Western Army, however, had almost reached the great sea at the end of the North Way.
The plan, as the Jotuns had devised it, was to conquer the eastern and western regions, and then both of these armies would move into the southern tip of the Kingdom of the Swedes and head north attacking Thor from behind. Surely not even a God as strong as The Thunder God could defeat three Jotun armies at once !
As they made their way across the valley floor the only thing standing in Atla's way were the few puny Midgardians perched on the hill above them that had obviously been warned by the human from the tower. The Jotun commander did not fear the enemy in his front, but he was a cautious leader none the less, and he spread out his warriors in three sections as they reached the end of the valley and approached the hill. On the left Atla positioned Am, Bakrauf, Dofri, Eld, Fjolverk, and Geitla. The center was held by Hala, Nal, Im, Midi, Leifi, and Kaldgrani. And finally, to his right, he placed Ymsi, Ofoti, Ryg, Thorn, Ver, and Sivor.
The Jotuns under his command beamed with confidence. They had marched into the northernmost sections of these Midgardian lands and flattened everything, and every Midgardian, who stood in their way. The only humans that survived their wild rampages were the ones who scurried away like frightened rats before rising flood waters. At first the Jotuns would chase them down, but their commander Atla felt it was not worth the effort. Eventually they would be found and either enslaved or killed. They were of little importance when compared with their main mission. For it was imperative that they meet up with the eastern army and push their way into the Land of the Swedes to defeat Thor.
As Atla lead his men out of the valley to the base of the hill he felt extremely happy with the great progress they had made. In less than a full cycle of Midgard's Moon - God Mani, they had conquered almost all of these eastern lands without the loss of a single warrior. A few more towns and villages to destroy and then they would be able to head east to fight their true enemy.
As the Jotuns began to ascend the steep hill they were met with a sight they had seldom seen here in MIdgard. On the slopes up ahead of them stood a great number of humans, and incredibly they did not appear to be intimidated by their presence.
Atla stopped his warriors after they had gone only a short distance. Up on the hill the Jotun commander saw something much more ominous than the humans. He caught sight of quite a number of large rocks up on the crest of the hill that appeared to be strategically placed there. And what disturbed the Jotun Atla the most was that these boulders, that were precariously perched on the top of the hill, were without a doubt large enough to do harm to even the largest of his warriors !
The Jotun leader looked to his right and then over to his left. He then narrowed his eyes and stared back up at the top of the hill.
" Spread out further comrades ! It appears that these humans want to play games ! " he barked loudly to his warriors.
- End Chapter 7
- Next : Chapter 8 : The First Line Of Defense
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2016.