The Bastard Son
Then the black birds, that acted as his feathered eyes and ears, began to caw in his ears. To most this was merely noise, but in Odin's keen mind he understood each and every word they spoke. Hugin and Munin told their master everything that they had seen and heard that morning. Odin listened intently to what his faithful ravens had to say, while he himself enjoyed a long sip of his wine.
Then, suddenly, Odin jumped up from his seat. Hugin and Munin both were forced to flap their wings violently to keep themselves balanced on their lord's shoulders as Odin pounded the table hard with his fist in anger.
" I will not let this stand ! " he shouted.
Odin pointed to the window.
" Go back to Midgard and watch carefully what transpires ! " he commanded his ravens.
" Report back as soon as there are any changes ! " he added quickly before they left.
As Hugin and Munin exited the hall Odin also left Valhalla in a great hurry, mounted his great eight - legged horse Sleipnir, and headed straight for Hlidskjalf. The distance, which would have been great for most animals, was covered by Odin's great mount in a mere matter of moments, and soon the great hall of vision, that was the porthole to the nine worlds, was within sight.
Odin threw open the doors and hurriedly walked to the rear chamber where the great high seats were placed on a floor of glass ready to show all that existed to whomever dared to sit upon them. As Odin turned the corner and entered the great room he saw that his wife Frigga was already following the events that were unfolding on Midgard.
Frigga looked up when she heard her husband coming into the chamber. Slowly she shook her head sadly from side to side.
" We must do something about this King Palni ! For if we Gods do nothing then the reign of this tyrannical king will continue, and many more of your good children will be raped and tortured by this sadistic fool ! " she told her husband angrily.
Odin was surprised by the passionate tone of his wife's voice. Frigga usually reserved her time and energy for protecting the little children of Midgard and their mothers, but this evil human named Palni had made his wife very angry with his terrible deeds. And she was not the only one ! Several of the Gods, including Freyja, who vehemently objected to the king's treatment of women, had also spoken out about removing this cancerous tumor from the healthy Midgard lands of Norway.
The trick of course was to remove the king without making it appear as though the Gods had any hand in it. Many times in the past Odin would simply visit Midgard, as the weary traveler Gangleri, and bewitch the evil one with a spell that would cause them to have an accident that would end their lives. Making them fall on their own swords was one of his favorite ways of causing this " accident " to happen. This time, however, King Palni was surrounded by hundreds of his own warriors, and opposed by Jarl Alfrekr's forces. He could not simply walk through two lines of warriors and cause the king to have a mishap. No ! There had to be another way.
Odin kissed his wife on the forehead and sat down beside her. Suddenly the porthole below opened up to him, and he saw King Palni holding the high ground on a plateau. With a small mountain to guard his rear, the only way for Alfrekr to attack was straight up the hill. And Odin saw that the hill was a muddy mess after days of pouring rain, making any frontal assault sheer suicide!
Frigga looked over at her husband, and noticed that he was smiling.
" What has my husband in mind ? " she asked with a bit of excitement in her voice.
Odin quickly rose up off of his high seat and kissed his wife on the forehead again.
" I am off to see Jord ! I think that she can help us to rid the Midgardians of King Palni ! " he explained to his wife.
Frigga's eyes narrowed when she heard Jord' s name mentioned.
" And why does my husband need to see the Mistress of Earth who brought forth Thor ? ! " Frigga asked trying to hide her discomfort.
Odin could not help but grin when he saw the jealous rage well up in his wife's eyes.
" Do not worry my love ! If all goes well with my plan you will soon see the end of King Palni ....... and hopefully my quick return as well ! " he told Frigga.
Odin quickly left the hall, mounted Sleipnir, and headed for the Rainbow Bridge. Heimdall heard the heavy hoof beats of the great horse long before he saw Sleipnir off in the distance. The stoic guardian of Bifrost immediately opened the golden gates. Heimdall barely had time to turn and bow to the Lord of Asgard before Sleipnir, and his royal rider, flew by like a gale force wind. Heimdall watched as they disappeared into a blur in the distance, and then stroked his beard.
" Valfather must have very important business to take care of to be in such a hurry ! " Heimdall whispered to himself.
In what seemed to Odin to be the blink of an eye Sleipnir emerged into Midgard over a rainbow caused by the mist of a waterfall known as Gullfoss. Once he was on firm ground Odin dismounted and began calling to his one time mistress.
" Jord ! Jord ! Come to me, for I am in need of your help ! " Odin repeated again and again.
Moments later Valfather heard the cracking of wood as a small tree off to his right began to tremble and transform. Slowly a woman's graceful form replaced the gnarled trunk, the uneven branches became arms, and the leaves turned into beautiful flowing brown hair.
Odin smiled when he saw the mistress who had given him the Mighty Thor to defend the earthly realm that he had helped to make with his brothers from the dead body of the Giant Ymir. He was always amazed when he saw Jord. She was so different than his wife ! Unlike Frigga's skin, which was alabaster and soft, there was something very sensual about her tanned and slightly textured flesh. Frigga was more like a sheltered pet, while Jord reminded him of a wild animal .... one that was in need of taming !
" It is so good to see you again my love ! " Odin told her with a boyish grin.
Jord raised her eyebrows and looked off in the distance as though the Lord of Asgard was not there.
" Everyday you look down upon me from your high seat in Asgard, and yet you speak as though you have not seen me in years. " she replied with a hint of sarcasm.
Odin reached out and gently touched Jord's face.
" In the form of a forest, or a waterfall, ..... or even a majestic snow capped mountain, you are not as beautiful as you are in your Goddess form ! " Odin told her with a glint in his eye, and a smile upon his face.
Jord returned his smile, but pulled her face away from Odin's touch.
" You only come to see me when you want something ! When the Jotuns attacked Midgard you came to see me to help you fight off the Giants. When we could not stop the Frost Giants from slaughtering the humans we joined together, and The MightyThor was the result of our " love " ! " she told him through narrowed eyes.
" What pray tell do you want from me this time, O' Great Valfather ? " she asked.
Odin bowed his head and grimaced slightly at the truth in her words.
" You are as perceptive as you are beautiful my love !" Odin replied.
Jord walked over to a nearby boulder and sat down. She looked up at Odin and spoke to him very directly.
" Then speak your mind, and save the flattery for your wife ! " Jord told him with a hint of anger.
Odin walked over to her and placed his right foot up on the boulder. He hovered over her for a moment before replying.
" That despicable King Palni of Ranrike is poised to destroy Jarl Alfrekr and his small army. I do not wish for this to happen .... but it must not look as though the Gods had a hand in the king's death, or the destruction of his army. Palni's army is perched high on a plateau with a large mountain at his back. It has been raining now for days on end. The soil is well drenched, and has become quite muddy .... "
Jord cut him of in mid - sentence.
" Say no more ! " I know what it is that you want . I too do not like King Palni. He is a ruthless ruler, who rapes women and tortures his people. " she explained.
Then a little smile came over her face.
" I will do this for you under one condition. " she told the Asgardian.
" And what is your price ? " he asked.
Jord smiled at Odin and then looked up at the sky.
" Spend the night with me my love ! " she blurted out with a little grin.
Odin involuntarily looked up at the sky before answering.
" Then the bargain is struck . " he replied reluctantly.
Frigga angrily rose up off of her high seat at Hlidskjalf, and stormed out of the hall. The All - Mother could not bear to watch any longer !
- End Chapter 2
- Next : Chapter 3 : A Turn Of Fortune
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