Odin's Eyes :
A Story Of Hugin And Munin
Hugin landed first onto Odin's shoulder, and awaited his comrade to do the same. It was obvious to everyone watching that Munin was having great difficulty flying with one wing that appeared not to be fully extending. Valfather was not surprised when his injured pet landed roughly on the ground instead of his shoulder. Odin, with hands three times the size of the largest human, carefully lifted Munin up, and gently placed the raven on his shoulder. Suddenly the ravens began to speak at such a rapid rate that Odin could not keep up with what they were saying.
When Odin realized that he would learn nothing from his distraught pets, he motioned for them to be quiet, and held out his hand high in the air. Habrok, with eyes a hundred times sharper than most animals, spotted the Lord of Asgard's gesture immediately, despite the height it was circling at overhead. The great hawk folded its wings, and dove towards the ground like an arrow falling from the sky. When it came within a few feet of Odin's outstretched hand the hawk reached out with its massive wings, flapped them a few times, and then landed gracefully upon Valfather's hand.
The Lord of Asgard pulled his hand down so Habrok was right in front of his face. He then stared for a moment into the great hawk's eyes before speaking.
" Tell me, " Best of Hawks ", what has happened this day, and explain to me why my valued friend has returned to me injured in such a fashion ! " he demanded to know. Habrok let out a series of high pitched shrieks that resounded throughout Asgard, and echoed well past the Rainbow Bridge. Odin shook his head affirmatively, and then his eye narrowed as his anger grew !
" Yes ! Yes !! It is a good thing that you were there to protect my " eyes in the skies " , or I may have lost them today to those sly serpents ! " Valfather told the hawk.
Odin thrust his hand into the air and the great hawk jumped off and took to flight. Then Odin turned back to the great hall .
" Syn ! Syn ! " he shouted.
The doors of the great hall flew open and a female Goddess ran out into the courtyard with spear in hand ready for a fight.
" Lord of Asgard ! Whatever is the matter ? " she asked nervously as she looked around for a threat.
As angry as he was, Odin briefly smiled when he witnessed how eager the Goddess, who had earned the right to guard his great hall, was for battle.
" You may put down your weapon Battle Goddess, for the threat is not here in Asgard. I simply wish for you to travel throughout my realm and bring here to my hall all the Gods and Goddesses at once ! " he told her.
" And if they ask, my lord, what shall I tell them is the reason ? " the Goddess inquired.
Odin's eye narrowed as much as his patience waned.
" Tell them it is because I command it ! " he told her boldly.
Syn nodded and asked nothing else of Odin.
As Syn mounted her horse and rode away, Odin held his hands up to the heavens. As he did Habrok landed on the golden roof of the great hall to watch the coming spectacle. The ravens, knowing what their master was about to do hopped out of the way, and hid behind their Lord and master .
Between Odin's outstretched arms an energy force as great as Sunna's fusion heart, or Thor's elemental lightning, was created in a matter of moments. As the force projected out it opened a porthole through time and space. With his eye glittering from the sparkling mass he had created he yelled out :
" I command you to come ! I command the greatest healer in all of the nine worlds to Valhalla at once ! "
Then Odin's demeanor changed, and in a much softer tone he added :
" Eir, I need you, ....., my raven needs you ! "
Suddenly there was a great flash of light that was seen throughout Asgard. When the light subsided, and its blinding effects diminished, Odin saw a familiar figure standing before him. Dressed all in white, and with her light blonde hair weaved around her head in what seemed like an endless circle, stood the one who held in her healing hands the difference between sickness and health, and life and death.
" Is the patient dying great Odin ? " she asked.
Before he could answer she added :
" If not I will be very angry with you ! "
Odin's angry disposition faded and he immediately became more apologetic.
" Yes, I know that you do not like being summoned in such a fashion,........ but my pet Munin has been badly injured, and is in need of your assistance. " he told the physician.
Eir gave Valfather a little frown before setting her bag of herbs, and medicines, on the ground. The Goddess of Healing knelt down next to Odin, reached behind him, and gently picked up Munin.
" I see ! " she replied curtly as she began to examine the ravens partially outstretched wing.
Odin watched Eir for a moment before asking :
" Can you heal my raven ? "
Eir stopped her examination and looked up at Odin.
" Yes, I believe that although Munin's bones are hollow, and therefore much more fragile and more difficult to heal than .... let us say ..... Balder's horse ..... I am sure that your pet will be just fine. " she replied with a little smile.
Odin breathed a sigh of relief.
" And when do you think Munin will be recovered enough to resume his duties ? " Odin asked impatiently.
Eir eyes reflected her annoyance, as she gave Odin an angry look.
" If Valfather wanted this done quickly then perhaps he should have gathered Fulla, Frigga, Sunna, and Balder together and " chanted " the raven back to health. However, if you want Munin to be completely healed it will take a little time to bring the raven back to full health. " Eir informed Odin with a hint of sarcasm.
Knowing that even he, the Lord of Asgard, had overstepped his authority in a matter outside of his expertise, Odin bowed and spoke respectfully to Eir.
" Then I will leave you to your work great healer, for I see off in the distance that those I have summoned are beginning to arrive at my hall. " he told her.
- End Chapter 6
- Next : Chapter 7 : " This Means War ! "
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2016.