An Angry Jotun !
Aegir opened the doors to his great hall, and as stepped inside, he called out to his wife and daughters to let them know that he had returned. At first the Jotun was met only with silence. Then he heard faint voices coming from the sleeping chambers in the back of the hall. Aegir thought it a strange time of the day for his family to still be in bed, and he decided to find the reason for such madness. As the Jotun walked through the great hall he was suddenly struck with a deep sense of dread.
Aegir paused for a moment before he opened the door to the bed chamber. He could hear voices behind the door, and although he could not make out their words, he did not like their frightened tone. When the Sea Jotun threw open the door he saw before him his family gathered in a circle around one of the beds. As he came closer his great size allowed him to peer over his daughter's heads, and what he saw made his eyes widen, and his mouth open with surprise. There before him lay his daughter Himinglaeva, who appeared to be injured, and judging by her flushed human like tone, he feared she was hurt badly.
The Sea Jotun placed his hand under his wife's arm, lifted her up, and spun her around so she was facing him. Then he looked his wife in the eyes and demanded to know why Himinglaeva was lying there bandaged and in pain.
Ran could not hold her anger in any longer. " Our daughter was attacked by that awful creature that Odin so recklessly threw into the depths of our ocean ! " she told her husband.
Aegir shook his wife. " But ..... I thought that you and our daughters forced him down into the depths ? ! " he asked his wife with a look of shock on his face.
Ran turned her gaze away from her husband and looked sadly at her injured daughter. " Obviously our efforts were in vain. For now the monster is back... and it is ten times larger than it was before ! " she explained to her husband.
Ran was surprised when her husband put her down and left the room in a hurry. Her daughters all turned to their mother and gave her a questioning look, for which she had no answer.
A moment later Aegir returned with his trident in hand. " I will kill the beast that has injured my daughter ! " he stated angrily. " But first I will go and see Odin. For he has caused this catastrophe for my family, and he has much to answer for ! " he shouted as he thrust the end of his trident against the floor angrily.
Ran walked over to her husband and grabbed him firmly by the shoulders. " Do not anger Odin my love ! We have more here than we can deal with already ! " she told him.
Aegir was about to reply when Himinglaeva sat up and spoke in a weak voice : " Please father ! I know that you want to protect me, but I ask that you do not get on Odin' s bad side. You have been friends with the Aesir Gods for so long, and he has been good to us in return. Do not allow your anger at the beast, to be directed at Odin. " she implored her father before sinking back against her pillow, which was made from a giant sea sponge. " Promise me father ! " she added as her eyes closed in anticipation of sleep.
Aegir knelt down and held his daughter's hand. He was a huge powerful Jotun, but he had a soft spot in his heart for each of his daughters. " If that is what my daughter wants then I will abide by your wishes my precious Himinglaeva. " the gentle giant told her as she succumbed to her weariness and fell asleep.
Then Aegir turned to his wife and whispered. " But I will go and see Odin to let him no of my great displeasure, and to learn if there is a way to kill this monster that he has forced upon us. "
Aegir left at once, and swam to the land known as Iceland. He then made his way to a huge waterfall that the human inhabitants called Gullfoss, or, "The Golden Falls". If only these Midgardians knew the true purpose of this falls, they would have called it the Rainbow Falls instead. For when Sunna's glory shines through the mist created by the falling water's spray, a rainbow appears that stretches across the gorge. This rainbow called Bifrost, which seems to burn within the mist, is the gateway to the golden realm of Asgard.
Heimdall saw Aegir the moment he stepped out of the great Midgardian ocean, and the stoic sentinel followed him across Iceland to the Rainbow Bridge. Heimdall, who misses nothing, noticed that there was a purpose in the Jotun's long strides, and he could not help but see that Aegir carried with him his trident.
As the Jotun approached the golden gates, Heimdall held up his hand. " What business does Aegir have here in Asgard ? " the watchman asked. " And why does a Jotun carry a weapon with him into the golden realm ? " he added before Aegir could answer the first question.
Aegir looked Heimdall directly in the eyes, as he spoke with a hint of anger. " I am here to see Odin on a personal matter. " he replied in a vague manner. " My trident is a symbol of my power, and my status, as Sea Lord. I occasionally carry it with me. " he told the gatekeeper.
Heimdall looked deeply into Aegir's eyes, but the Jotun did not flinch or look away. After a moment, Heimdall again spoke to the Jotun. " I would not advise you to carry your weapon into Odin' s hall. All - Father may be offended by a perceived act of aggression. " he told Aegir.
" I appreciate the advice. " Aegir replied. " May I pass old friend ? " the Jotun asked.
Heimdall opened the gate, nodded, and stepped to the side, allowing the large Jotun to pass. As Heimdall watched Aegir closely he saw that the Jotun did not turn around, nor did he act suspiciously. Still, Heimdall was uncomfortable with the Jotun bringing a weapon into Asgard, and he decided to listen in on his conversation with Odin using his exceptional hearing.
The all -seeing, all - knowing Odin had been watching the events as they unfolded on Midgard, and was expecting Aegir. Valfather did not believe that there would be any trouble, but he dressed in battle armor none-the-less, and held Gungnir at his side as he sat waiting for the Jotun to enter his golden hall.
Aegir did not knock, nor did he give greetings to Odin, as he entered through the Golden doors, and walked up to Odin's high seat in the hall. The Jotun stopped a few paces from Valfather's throne, and then firmly planted his trident on the golden floor. For several awkward moments the Jotun and the God stared back at one another without saying a word.
Odin chose to speak first. " You and I have known each other for such a long time. It would seem a pity for us to end our many years of friendship over such a minor situation as this. " Odin told the Sea Jotun in a calm voice.
Aegir leaned hard on his trident. " I do not consider one of my daughters being attacked, and severely injured by a creature YOU cast into our ocean world to be a " minor situation " ! " Aegir shot back.
" Yes ! It was unfortunate that your daughter was injured by Jormungandr, but the blame lies solely with my son Thor' s actions, not mine. I threw the great serpent into the deepest depths of your oceans where it could harm no one. It was Thor who fished it up, and angered the creature ! " Odin told the Jotun loudly.
Aegir stood firm and did not flinch when the All - Father raised his voice. " Laying or shifting the blame will not save my children from this great beast Odin ! " Aegir told the Lord of Asgard angrily.
Odin stroked his beard slowly, and then nodded his head. " You are right my old friend ! " he replied. " What can I do to help you and your family ? " Odin asked.
Aegir stepped closer and pounded his trident on the golden floor. " Tell me how to kill the great sea monster ! " Aegir responded.
Odin tried, but he could not wipe the small grin off of his face. " The serpent cannot be killed. It has grown to large. " he told Aegir.
Aegir looked at Odin with pleading eyes. " Then what will become of my family ? Shall we all be killed one by one by Jormungandr ? " The Jotun asked with a hint of anger in his voice.
Odin thought for a moment. " You may not be able to kill the Midgard serpent, but I believe you can drive it back down into the depths again, where it can no longer threaten you or your family any longer. " Odin explained.
Aegir walked over and placed a hand on Odin' s chair. " The great beast thrashes around like an eel on a hook ! It seems impossible to get a hold on the creature, or to harm it in any way ! " the Jotun told the God.
Odin laughed. " Yes ! The tail and the midsection wriggle far too much to be grabbed. " he told Aegir. Then Odin grinned. " But the creature's head, and the back of its neck, remain fairly stationary compared to the rest of its body, because it creates its gyrations just below this area, and from there they become more prominent as they reach the tail. If you, your wife, and your children, were to attack the great beast in this area you might have a good chance of defeating the creature. " he told Aegir.
Odin reached out and grabbed hold of Aegir's trident, startling the Jotun a little. " And if you can injure the creature enough with your mighty trident, you should be able to once again drive it into the depths. " he added forcing the trident against the floor several times to drive home his point.
Aegir nodded. " Then I must leave at once, and return to my family. Together we will try to remove this terrible threat from my ocean kingdom ! " he told Odin, who then let go of his trident.
As Valfather watched the Jotun leave he said under his breath : " Good luck my old friend ! "
Odin then left his golden hall and traveled to his silver hall, known as Hlidskjalf, to witness the upcoming battle.
- End Chapter 5
- Next Chapter 6 : Battling The Beast
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.