Odin' s Revenge
Kvasir felt uncomfortable helping his old friend to harm another being. As he sat across the fire from Odin he was torn between his sense of justice, and the oath of peace that had given him his form and purpose . Kvasir the Wise took a long drink of the ale offered to him by Odin before speaking. " What do we do now my friend ? " he asked. " Do you have a plan ? " he added.
Odin took a sip from his horn before replying. " For now we will wait. In the morning I will kill a small animal and drench myself in its blood. I will then shape change into Lambi, and lie on on the ground at the edge of the clearing calling for Drifa to come and help me. When, and if she comes, the snow maiden will approach cautiously to make sure that I am actually Lambi this time. When she bends over to care for me, you my friend, will throw the net over the Jotuness capturing her. " he explained to Kvasir.
Kvasir looked into the fire and away from Odin. " And then..... ? he asked Valfather. Odin grinned. " And then my good friend you will ride Sleipnir back to Asgard. What will come next is not something that concerns a God such as yourself. " he told Kvasir. " Besides, my old friend, I am sure that the children of Asgard are missing you. Your place is with them ! " Odin told him almost as a command. Kvasir nodded, and said no more before bedding down for the night. For the teacher was wise enough not to question All - Father.
Kvasir awoke to the sound of something large being dragged through the brush.The wise God jumped up just in time to see Odin pulling a rather large wounded deer into the camp by its antlers. " Good afternoon ! " Odin told him with a hint of sarcasm. Kvasir rubbed his eyes, and yawned before replying. " I did not realize you were going hunting so early my friend. Had I known I would gladly have joined you ! " he told Odin. Odin dropped the deer at Kvasir' s feet, and smiled. " It is of little matter. " Odin told his friend as he handed him his knife.
Kvasir took the knife from Odin, who then prostrated himself on the ground next to the deer. As Odin looked up at his friend he commented : " Try to get the blood to flow from my chest down if you would please. " Kvasir grabbed the deer by the horns, and lifted its struggling head over Odin' s chest. The God of Peace then plunged the knife deep into the deer's neck slicing it all the way through its throat. Odin laughed as the blood poured out of the animals arteries and all over him. " Not bad old friend. I think that this much blood should convince almost anyone that I was severely injured ! " he told Kvasir. When the blood slowed to a trickle Kvasir threw the deer' s dying carcass back onto the ground. The Peace God then went back over to the fire and poured himself another drink of ale. Kvasir looked at Odin , who was now dripping with blood from his neck down, and drank the entire horn in one quick drink.
Odin did not want to wait ! He wanted the blood to appear fresh when the snow maiden saw him, so he put his plan into effect immediately. Odin turned himself into Lambi a second time, and lay on the ground at the edge of the clearing. He positioned Kvasir with the net behind a large boulder that had most likely been deposited there by a glacier from the last ice age caused by the Jotuns. And then Odin / Lambi began to cry out in pain. " Help me ! Odin has struck me down ! Help me ! " he shouted over and over again.
Drifa was walking in the ice sculpture garden at her father's hall when she heard her lover's faint calls for help. She felt that this might be another of Odin' s tricks, but the love she felt for Lambi made it feel as if she were being torn apart inside. At first she tried to ignore his pitiful cries for help, but her desire to help her human lover overwhelmed her, and she decided to go back to Midgard despite the possible danger. Like a puff of smoke she disintegrated into tens of thousands of individual snowflakes, which were instantly lifted by a phantom wind and carried toward Midgard. As she flowed along in the wind she thought to herself. " If this were a trick, I could still escape Odin. I will simply fly away, for no one can capture the blowing snow ! "
Odin / Lambi smiled as he heard the unnatural breeze begin to blow through the forest. He knew she was coming ! When the trees began to bend near their camp Odin whispered to Kvasir : " She is near ! Be ready Kvasir ! " he told his friend. Kvasir grabbed hold of both ends of the great net . " I will not fail you my friend . " he replied in a soft tone.
Drifa reformed herself at a safe distance from the pleading figure, who lay upon the ground at the edge of the clearing. The human certainly looked like Lambi, and the voice was that of her lover, but as she moved closer Drifa continued to carefully look all around her for anything that looked like a trap. Step by step she slowly approached until her heart strings broke at the sight of the one she loved covered in blood, and crying out in agony. " What has Odin done to you !? " she yelled as she ran the last few feet over to him. Lambi lifted himself up on one arm to meet Drifa' s eyes as she knelt down beside him . " Odin tortured me to make me talk, and then he left me out here to die ! " he told her. Drifa reached out for Lambi' s hand, and then the world went dark !
Kvasir waited until the snow maiden passed his position before silently edging out from behind the rock and into the open. When Drifa knelt down beside Odin / Lambi he stretched out the net with both hands, and threw himself on the unsuspecting snow maiden. As the net came down on Drifa, Odin / Lambi rolled out of the way, and helped Kvasir secure the ends over their captive so she could not escape. The Gods held on tight as the Jotuness thrashed around violently within the net. Drifa kicked and punched at the fabric with her feet and hands with all her might, but the Dwarves had made the net too strong, and she could not escape in her present form.
" You fools ! Do you really think you can capture a snow maiden ?! " she screamed. Then the movement stopped from within the net, and the Gods heard an odd popping sound. Suddenly the net became much lighter, and almost floated off of the ground. Odin and Kvasir checked the net from one end to the other to see if any of the snowflakes were escaping. They saw nothing ! Kvasir nodded positively to Odin who had changed back into his God form. " Fjalar, and Galar have truly made a wonderful net for you my friend ! Nothing can hope to escape this device ! " he told Odin. Valfather smiled. " It is indeed magnificent my old friend ! " Odin replied.
Kvasir helped Odin to carefully tie the ends so they could release their hold on the net. Then Odin turned to Kvasir, and placed his hand on his shoulder. " Your work here is done my friend ! " he told Kvasir. " You should not be here to witness what follows ! " he said more sternly. " Take Sleipnir and go back to the golden realm. Tell my sons that I will be returning to Asgard soon, and to be ready for war ! " he added. Kvasir nodded. " I wish you well my friend ! " he told Odin. Then Kvasir turned and began to leave. Valfather watched Kvasir until he disappeared into the distance before he picked up the net off of the ground. " Now it is just me and you snow maiden ! " Odin shouted at the net.
When Odin reached his camp the net suddenly became heavy again. " Decided to reform snow witch ? ! Odin shouted angrily at the net. The Giantess kicked with her feet in protest. " You can keep me a prisoner for as long as you want, but I will not tell you anything that you want to know ! " shouted the muffled voice from within the woven prison. Odin threw the net on the ground by the stump. " Then you will die Drifa ! " he told her. Drifa laughed. " And how will you kill a snow maiden, Odin of Asgard ? " she asked sarcastically.
Drifa received no answer to her question, as she listened carefully to what was happening outside her prison. She could hear Odin' s heavy footsteps moving through the snow, and then she heard pieces of wood banging off of one another. Moments later, with her ear pressed up against the net, she heard Odin begin to chant words she did not understand. Then she heard a much more ominous noise. Drifa heard a sound that no snow maiden ever wanted to hear ! She heard the crackling of a fire !
Odin scooped up snow into a great cauldron and placed it on a metal rod that hung over the fire. When the snow had melted and begun to boil, Valfather went over, picked up the net, and flung it over his shoulder. " Oh, I think you will tell me everything I want to know !! " he told the maiden who had begun once again to struggle in the net. Odin let the net slide off of his shoulder, when he reached the cauldron, and held it in his hands just above the boiling water. " Who killed Prince Viglund and Princess Aldisar ! " Odin asked angrily.
As she felt the hot steam against the side of the net, Drifa knew that if she did not answer, she would die. When the first drop of her water - blood evaporated under the intense steam she began to scream ! A scream that not even the tightly woven net could contain ! " No ! No ! NO!! " she screamed over and over again as more and more of her snow body melted and then evaporated away in steam.
Odin lifted the net from above the cauldron and asked again : " Who killed Prince Viglund and Princess Aldisar !? " Though she was crying hysterically Odin made out her answer. " Skjalfti ! It was the Jotun Skjalfti who caused the avalanche that killed them ! " Odin lowered the net a little more to influence her further. " And where will I find this Skjalfti ?! " Odin asked her. The intense heat made her scream once again in agony ! When Odin lifted the net again she answered in an exhausted sobbing voice. " He is at Spellvirki' s ice palace, and he is under the protection of the Jotun lord ! " she screamed.
" I knew that you would tell me all that I wished to know snow maiden. " Odin told the writhing figure in the net. " I have given
you the information to you desired. Have mercy ! Please let me go ! " Drifa screamed pleading for her life. Odin narrowed his eye. " Did the snow that encased Princess Aldisar, and her child let go of its grip and show mercy as she slowly died ? " Odin asked calmly.
Drifa screamed when she heard Odin ask this question. For she knew what was about to happen. As the net slowly sank into the boiling water her screams became more shrill, and much louder. Even after she was completely submerged Odin could still hear her wailing with each air bubble that reached the top of the pot and burst. That is until the bubbles stopped !
- End Chapter 7
- Next : Chapter 8 : A New Adversary
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.