The Rune Stone
"Archaeology And Mythology Must Go Hand In Hand ! "
" Ljosalfheim ! Yes, that is where I was last night ! How I love that place ! " he said out loud as he clapped his hands happily.
Terje jumped out of bed and ran to the kitchen. He filled the coffee pot with water and coffee grounds, and placed it on the stove, but he decided that he was too nervous this morning to eat breakfast. After much lobbying he had finally received approval from Didrik Arup Seip, the Rector, to begin teaching mythology in his archaeology class today, September 1, 1939, at the recently re- named University of Oslo. It had been a long fight, and the board members still had some reservations, but they had finally given in to his persistence.
As Terje sat drinking his coffee he listened to the radio as he did every morning. It soothed him, and allowed him to slowly awaken listening to music before starting his busy schedule of dealing with unruly college students. This morning, however, a news report broke into the usual music selections.
" Approximately three hours ago the German air force, known as the Luftwaffe, attacked the Polish town of Wielun', while at the same time it has been reported that the German battleship Schleswig - Holstein opened fire on the free city of Danzig. A state of war now exists between the German state and the Poles. The world now awaits the response of Great Britain and France. Is this just another isolated incident brought about by Germany's Nazis, or will this be the beginning of a second world war ? " the announcer reported in a very professional tone.
Terje shook his head in disgust over the news report. He turned off the radio, opened his briefcase and carefully placed four books into it. One was a second year study of archaeology, another was a book on how to decipher runic inscriptions, and the last two books were the Eddas, and Teutonic Mythology, by Jacob Grimm. As he carefully closed his briefcase he smiled and gently patted it's hard side with his hand congratulating himself for finally being allowed to teach mythology to his class.
Despite his countryman's fears over the growing menace of Nazis Germany in Europe, Terje was excited to begin teaching his new class, and as his students filed into the room he could not help but grin as he greeted each and every one of them. He had already checked the attendance sheet and thirty- two names were listed as having enrolled in his class. Thirty - two minds to teach archaeology to, and thirty - two souls to teach the faith of the old religion. Yes ! Terje was very happy this morning !
Terje had just finished taking attendance when he was interrupted by Rector Seip, who came into the classroom with a woman by his side.
" May I speak to you for a moment Professor Lie ? " the Rector asked.
Terje put down his attendance sheet.
" Of course ! " he happily replied.
The Rector motioned for Terje to come over to the door, and waited.
"I would like you to meet Bente Hassel. She is currently an archaeologist working for the Museum of Bergen studying rune stones. Miss Hassel has a Bachelor's Degree in science and cultural studies, and she is studying for her Master's Degree.
I was hoping that she could sit in on your class and possibly do a little field work with you. " the Rector told Terje.
" That would be fine ! " Terje replied to Rector Seip.
Then Terje turned to Bente and offered her his hand.
" It is nice to meet you Miss Hassel ! " he said politely.
As the two shook hands she responded to his kind words :
" Please ! Call me Bente ! " And it is very nice to meet you Professor Lie. I have heard so much about you ! " she told him with a big smile.
The Rector patted the professor on the shoulder.
" Well,... I will leave you to get started ! " he told him before turning and walking out of the classroom.
After he left Terje looked over the woman from head to toe. She was very pretty, and appeared to be about his age. Then, it struck him. He had seen her before,.... but where ? When he finally realized where he had seen her it hit him like a lightning bolt ! She was the woman from his dreams ! Suddenly, and impetuously, Terje felt compelled to ask an odd question.
" You're not a Goddess are you ? " he whispered to her.
Bente blushed at the compliment.
" I have been told by a few men that I am pretty, but, " Goddess ", might be going a bit too far . " she informed the professor with a little smile that hinted of flirting.
Terje realized the foolishness of his question and tried to hide his embarrassment.
" Well,.... Umm,... why don't you have a seat,... oh and by the way,.... during the Yule break I will be traveling to Copenhagen to study the Snoldelev Rune Stone,... if you would like to come I would not mind. " he informed her nervously.
Bente smiled from ear to ear.
" I would like that very much ! " she told the professor.
As Bente took her seat their eyes remained locked just long enough for them both to feel the attraction.
Terje grinned happily as he began the class :
" Archaeology and Mythology must go hand in hand ! To understand one you will surely need the other ! The faith of our forefathers is as important,... if not more important, when studying Viking archaeological artifacts.........
- The End
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