The Dark Witch
A Hall Half Empty
" Why is my hall so empty ? " he asked out loud.
Odin put down his goblet and scanned the room. Once again he could not help but notice that many of the Einherjar had not come to his hall to feast.
" Hrist ! Mist ! Where are my warriors ? ! " Odin asked angrily.
The Valkyries had been serving the Einherjar on opposite sides of the great hall when they heard their lord ask a question. Both quickly set down their trays and ran down the aisles, that ran parallel, to stand before the Valfather. Hrist and Mist bowed, and then Hrist spoke first.
" I do not know my lord. Their bed chambers are empty, and as you can see they are not in your great hall. " Hrist answered and then lowered her head.
Mist bowed her head a second time and then added.
" And I have checked out in the courtyard, and all the grounds surrounding Valhalla, my lord. They are nowhere to be found ! " Mist told Odin.
Just then there was a knock upon the golden doors of Valhalla. As Syn opened the doors to the hall she announced :
" Great Odin ! Freyja has come to see you ! " she exclaimed.
Odin frowned. He had not been expecting the Vanir Goddess to visit.
" I will see the Goddess ! Let her in ! " Odin bellowed to the guardian of his hall.
Freyja walked up the aisle to Odin's high - seat at a brisk pace. When she reached the Valfather, Hrist and Mist bowed and went back to serving the Einherjar. Odin smiled pleasantly at the Vanir Goddess, but he could not help but notice that Freyja was not returning his smile.
" Does Odin not trust me with his Einherjar any longer ! ? " Freyja asked impatiently.
Odin recoiled slightly from what he had just been asked.
" I have no reason not to trust you with the honored dead ! " he replied.
" Why do you ask ? " Odin added.
Freyja placed her foot up on the highest step, and placed her face close to Odin's .
" Then why have you taken so many of the Einherjar from my hall ? ! " she asked in an accusing tone.
Odin's eye widened as he quickly stood up.
" What ! There are Einherjar missing from your hall as well ! ? " Odin asked angrily.
Freyja was startled when Odin rose up off of his high - seat, and she moved back a step.
" Yes ! I calculate that thousands have disappeared from my hall ! " she told Odin in a confused tone.
" Thousands ! " Odin asked incredulously.
" Yes ! It was quite noticeable last night when the feast began ! " she explained to Valfather.
Odin thought for a moment.
" Go back to your hall and watch over the remaining Einherjar. I will go and sit on Hlidskjalf and look over the nine worlds to see what has become of our honored dead. " he told the Vanir queen.
" Please let me know what it is that you discover ! " she told Odin before she turned and left Valhalla.
Odin left the great hall, and traveled to Hlidskjalf. In the back of his hall lay a very special chamber with two unique high - seats. When anyone sat on either of these high - seats, and looked down, the floor became a visual port hole to the nine worlds and beyond. As Odin entered the viewing chamber Freyja's words rang in his ears.
" I calculate that thousands are missing from my hall ! " she had told him.
Odin sat down on the high - seat, and made himself comfortable. He leaned forward, folded his hands together, and let his mind reach out to the nine worlds. The floor first became translucent, and then slowly the images became crystal clear. Odin's mind traveled past universe after universe, and many stars, before he arrived at a blue planet. Below the white clouds his mind journeyed over seas and mountains, through thick forests, and finally to a small town. The All - Father recognized this place he was gazing down upon. He smiled when he realized it was Rimol in the Midgardian land of Norway. He had been there many years ago on one of his many wanderings, and he had found it to be a wonderful place.
Odin's smile quickly turned to a frown when he looked just past the edge of town . The Rimol townspeople had set up a defensive perimeter around the northern end of town, and were armed to the teeth. As Valfather looked out into the distance he saw the reason for their defenses. A few miles away, and heading right for the town, was an army. An army of the dead !
- End Chapter 10
- Next : Chapter 11 : Divine Intervention !
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.