Odin's Eyes :
A Story Of Hugin And Munin
" Not On My Watch ! "
Farbauti was unsure what it was that he should do ! His great evil beasts had been forced to retreat from the battlefield, and once again the ravens were spying on every move Alsvart and his warriors were making in the village of Revenge. Should he wait for a more opportune moment to attack Midgard, or should he let Alsvart loose on the human world, and let fate decide the outcome ?
In the end Farbauti decided that they had spent too much time and effort, building up the Jotun forces in Revenge, not to at least try an incursion into Midgard. The King of the Frost Giants also knew that the longer he waited the greater was the chance that Odin would discover his plans. Reluctantly he ordered Alsvart to commence the attack first thing in the morning !
For several days Thor had been bothered by the fact that his father had not told his fellow Asgardians the whole truth. Yes, the evil beasts had tried to kill his ravens, not once, but twice ! They had even managed to injure Munin in the process. But why? WHY !? This was the question that was eating away at Thor's patience little by little.
Thor continued to ponder the question until finally his curiosity got the better of him, and he decided to do something about it. The Thunder God had Thjalfi harness his goats to his cart, and then Thor flew high over the middle of the rainbow bridge, and waited. Just before breakfast was to be served in Valhalla Thor caught sight of two tiny black objects in the distance that were heading back to Asgard. Thor reined his goats around and guided them higher into the air. By the time the ravens had reached the point where the Thunder God lay in wait, his goats had pulled his cart up to the great height at which Odin's pets were flying.
Realizing that the God of Thunder wished to speak with them, Hugin and Munin, landed on Thor's cart, and perched themselves on either side of its outer rim. Thor commanded his goats to land, and soon they were gently settling down upon the great burning bridge that was Bifrost.
The ravens nervously looked back and forth at one another, and then over at the Thunder God. Thor allowed the tension to build before speaking. Then, finally, with piercing eyes, and a determined look on his face, he asked the question he had been wanting the answer to for some time now.
" I wish to know why Farbauti ordered the attacks upon the two of you ?! " Thor inquired sternly.
Before either could answer Thor added :
" Never before has anyone, or anything, wanted to harm Odin's eyes. Why would they want to do so now ? ! "
Hugin and Munin, in a series of caws, let it be known that they must refuse to answer because it was their duty only to report to Valfather.
Thor's eyes flashed red with anger for a moment before he calmed himself.
" Do you not want revenge on those who ordered these creatures to kill you ? " Thor asked the ravens.
Hugin still refused to answer, but Munin, with the memory of the serpent attempting to rip off its wing still fresh in its mind, broke down and told Thor all about the Jotun settlement located suspiciously near the porthole to Midgard.
Thor smiled at Munin, but spoke to both ravens.
" You had better be on your way. Odin will be expecting you my feathered friends ! " Thor told the ravens.
As the ravens flew off into the Asgardian morning sky Thor turned and looked across the Rainbow Bridge. Though he could not see it from such a great distance, he spoke directly to Jotunheim :
" Not on my watch ! " he whispered to himself.
A smile slowly rose up on the corners of Heimdall' s mouth. No one in all the nine worlds could have possibly heard the words the Thunder God had spoken except the great guardian of Bifrost. He heard...... and he understood ! Proudly Heimdall stood at attention in a salute of honor to the Thunder God as he left Asgard.
The next day Alsvart waited until , as he put it : " Those damned black birds flew away ", before gathering together all of the Frost Giants in the middle of the village. Weapons were handed out, and as soon as all was ready they began to march proudly toward the cosmic porthole, which was located in a secret cave not far from Revenge. As they left the village, with Alsvart leading the way, the warriors began to sing an old song about their first ancestor Ymir. Those who watched them march off thought it all very glorious !
As they entered the dark porthole Alsvart was never prouder of himself. He had risen up through the ranks of the Frost Giant army to become a skilled and respected commander under Farbauti, and now the Frost Giant King had entrusted him with the great task of invading Midgard. Yes ! Alsvart was feeling very good on this fine cold morning !
Alsvart's confidence waned, and his bold stride suddenly stopped, halfway through the porthole. The commander raised up his hand, and ordered his comrades to halt, as he squinted to see something that he could not quite make out in the distance. There were two points of red light up ahead that dimly lit the darkness..... and they seemed to be getting brighter by the moment. Then, like a flash of lightning, Alsvart became flushed with fear, and his mouth hung open ! When the realization of what the light was hit him, so too did a large heavy object . As the Frost Giant lay dying upon the wet floor of the porthole he whispered :
" Thor ! "
The last thing the commander saw was a flash of lightning, ..... and then all was still !
The next day, as Odin was drinking his wine, and feeding Geri and Freki from his golden bench in Valhalla, Hugin and Munin returned to Valhalla and flew through the open window. As they always did they perched themselves on Odin's shoulders near his ears to speak to him. This morning, however, they were rather more quiet than usual.
" Nothing to report this morning ? " Odin asked with a little smile.
And still there was silence.
" Did you run into trouble once again my pets ? " Valfather inquired.
Munin remained quiet, but Hugin suddenly answered the Lord of Asgard in a series of caws.
" Thor stopped us upon our return to Asgard yesterday my lord ! " Hugin told him.
Odin took a long sip of wine to hide his growing smile.
" And what was it that my son wanted of you ? " Odin asked.
Hugin ruffled his feathers several times before answering.
" He wanted to know the truth about why Farbauti wanted to kill us my lord ! " Hugin replied warily.
Odin looked over at Hugin and asked almost merrily :
" And what did you tell him my little friends ? "
Hugin glanced over at Munin, who sat on Odin's shoulder with his beak pointed toward the floor, before replying.
" I told him nothing my lord, but Munin wanted revenge on those who had injured its wing, and told the Thunder God the whole truth about the village in Jotunheim by the porthole. " Hugin told Odin in an apologetic tone.
Odin looked over at Munin, who could not bear to lift its head up to look at its master, and smiled from ear to ear.
" Well ! Then everything has worked out exactly as I planned ! There will no longer be a need for you to go back to that village again ! " Odin told the embarrassed little raven.
Odin tried his best, but he could not help himself any longer. The Lord of Asgard..... the Raven God, began to laugh heartily !
....... And Odin was right ! There was no need for his ravens to return to the village of Revenge. For there was nothing left there for them to see !
- The End
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- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2016.