Þrívaldi : The Nine-Headed Jotun Beast
" How Do You Kill Something That Just Won't Die ?! "
" Thor sat down on a rock, near the bank of the river, next to his brother, and patted him on the shoulder.
" Do not feel bad brother. We fought hard, albeit not very long, against the creature, and we did the dragon great harm before having to retreat from its fiery breath. " he told Hildólfr in a consoling tone.
The Thunder God stood up and pulled the long handle of the axe out of his belt of strength.
" Here ! You will need this when we venture across the river again. " he told his injured brother as he held the axe out in front of him.
Hildólfr, who was still dealing with the immense headache, and dizziness, caused from being hit by the tail of the dragon, took his weapon from his brother. As he did so he shook his head with disgust.
" What good did my axe, or your mighty hammer for that matter, do us in our fight against the monster ? I cut off two of Þrívaldi's heads, and you smashed several others, and yet we did little or nothing to rid this land of the great beast ! " Hildólfr replied dejectedly.
" Then we will attack the creature with more fury next time ! " he told his brother confidently.
Hildólfr drove the end of the shaft of his axe handle into the mud, before angrily giving his brother a questioning stare.
" How do you kill something that just won't die ?! " War Wolf exclaimed bitterly.
Thor reached down and patted his brother on the back again.
" We are the son's of Odin ! We will find a way !! " the Thunder God replied emphatically.
Then before his brother could speak Thor quickly added :
" But for today, brother, rest and recover your strength. At first light tomorrow we will cross the river, and hunt this creature down. " he assured Hildólfr.
Both Gods spent the day in quiet reflection, and contemplation, as they went over every little detail of their encounter with the dragon Þrívaldi. Each tried to consider what they had done right, and of course, what had gone so horribly wrong. As evening fell they built a fire a short distance from the river and discussed what conclusions they had come to, and how they could better attack and kill the beast.
Hildólfr added two logs to the fire before he sat back down on the uncomfortable rock he was using as a seat.
" Skaði told us that she pierced the dragon's chest with many arrows. We can then assume that either the dragon has more than one heart,......, or possibly none at all, ...., so attacking its chest region would seem to be a waste of time." War Wolf speculated.
Thor nodded but remained silent.
" Now I cleaved two of its heads from its body, and you smashed,....., was it two or three of its skulls ? " Hildólfr inquired.
" Two ! " Thor replied.
" Two,...., so we know that destroying four heads is not enough to kill the beast. And we also know that the creature has razor sharp claws, a strong whipping tail, and heads that spew forth hot death like a volcano ! " Hildólfr continued.
Thor shook his head and held up one of his huge hands to stop his brother.
" Your words speak of only what it can do, and what we cannot do. Let us instead discuss what we believe are its weaknesses. " Thor insisted.
Hildólfr thought for a long moment.
" Well, it did seem weaker, and more desperate, when you crushed its second head with your hammer. Possibly the more heads we kill the less powerful the beast will become. " he speculated.
" Yes ! I observed that as well ! " the Thunder God agreed.
Hildólfr tapped a finger against his chin and looked off into the distance thoughtfully.
" I would think that a fire breathing dragon should fear water as well brother. " he told Thor.
The Thunder God grinned.
" Yes ! And War Wolf, there is another way to fight fire ! " Thor stated, dangling the statement in front of his brother to try and figure out on his own.
Hildólfr frowned, and after contemplating the riddle for a few moments, he shrugged his shoulders as if to show that he had given up.
Thor narrowed his eyes angrily.
" You spend much too much time in the deep dark forests of Asgard brother. For if you stood on a high mountain when the dark clouds gather you would surely know that you can also fight fire with something brighter and more intense than even the hottest flame that a dragon can produce. " he told Hildólfr.
War Wolf could not hide his displeasure any longer.
" And that is ?! " he yelled back impatiently.
Thor tapped Mjolnir with a finger.
" Lightning ! "
Rauðskeggr paused for a moment, and then looked over at King Thorgest.
" My Lord, judging by the position of Mani it is getting late into the night. The next part of the story of Þrívaldi is a rather long one, and I believe it is the most spectacular part of the tale. It would be a shame if the warriors were too tired to fully appreciate the most exciting part of the story. " the skald informed the king.
Thorgest thought for a moment, and then unexpectedly yawned. This involuntary act of exhaustion seemed to make the decision for the king.
" Perhaps you are right Rauðskeggr. Let us save the best part for when we are fully alert. " the king agreed .
The king of Dyvlinarskire then turned to his warriors and spoke in a commanding tone.
" We shall retire for the night and return here tomorrow evening right after the great feast ! " he informed his men.
- End Chapter 7
- Next : Chapter 8 : The Absolute Fury Of Thor !
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