Búri : The Beginning Of The Golden Age
Búri took another long drink of his mead, and then sighed. " Then one day, when Borr was much older, a Giantess came to our farm ! " he told the boys and pointed at Bestla with a smile. " Bestla ! Wake up daughter ! " Búri yelled at his daughter in law. Groggy, and still half asleep, she answered : " Yes father, what is it ? " Búri smiled from ear to ear. " Bestla, I am telling the boys about how you and my son met, and I think it would be better told by you my dear . " he explained to her. Bestla was sleepy, but once she saw the smiles on her grandsons' faces she could not refuse.
" Well, let me see ! My father, the Jotun Bolthorn, had arranged for me to marry this horrible ogre of a Jotun named Belant. I of course refused ! But my father was greatly displeased with me and locked me in my room until I changed my mind ! " she told the boys with a touch of drama in her voice. Thor, was wide eyed, and could not control his enthusiasm. " What did you do grandmother !? What did you do !? " he yelled excitedly. Bestla laughed at her little red haired grandson' s eagerness to know the answer. " Well, I ran away of course ! What else could I do ! I was not about to marry a Jotun I did not love, so I left. " she told the boys with a big grin.
" Were you scared ? " asked Balder. Bestla thought for a moment. " Maybe a little at first ! But the farther I traveled from Jotunheim the more confident I felt. Then one day I stumbled upon a farm in the middle of nowhere.... " she started to say, but was interrupted . " You mean great grandfather's farm ?! " Thor yelled. Bestla once again could not control her laughter. " Yes, of course, your great grandfather's farm Thor ! " she said with a chuckle. Thor sat back down and pouted when he realized he had asked a silly question.
" Why did you decide to stay ? " Balder asked. " How could I not stay !? " Bestla cried out. " There was a young man working in the fields as I passed by. He was built as solid as the mountains of Jotunheim. And handsome ! His face reminded me of the sun as it rises over the mountains back home ! " she told the boys. " He is still a handsome man ! " she added, pointing to where Borr worked with Odin in the distance. Thor looked up from his pout and asked : " Was it love at first sight ? " Bestla smiled and looked longingly into the distance as she retrieved the memory of that moment. " Yes ! I think it was ! When our eyes met it was as though the sparks that fly out of Muspellheim were falling all around us. " she remembered with a smile.
Búri then joined back into the conversation. " I was making supper when Borr brought a guest into our dwelling house. When my son asked if she could stay for dinner, I could see that look of love in his eyes. So I said yes of course ! And when I found out about her father's plans for her wedding, and that she had no place else to go, I told her that she could stay with us for a few days until she sorted out what she was going to do . " he explained.
Bestla then spoke up : " But the very next morning my father came to the farm looking for me ! " she told them. Thor and Balder looked at one another, and exclaimed simultaneously : " Uh - Oh ! " Bestla put on an angry look as she continued. " My father was furious, and threatened to destroy the farm, and kill Búri . Luckily Borr, who was working in a field close to the dwelling house, heard the commotion and came running . " she told them. Bestla' s angry frown turned into a joyous smile. " Borr was so brave back then ! He pushed my father away from me, and without any show of fear stood toe to toe with him. My father did not know quite what to do ! No one had ever stood up to him before ! " she told her audience dramatically .
" Did grandfather kill your father ? " Thor asked. Bestla could not hold back a little giggle. " Well, my father attacked Borr, but Bolthorn, though much larger, could not bring the farmer down. They wrestled for a while until my husband was able to get my father into a choke hold. " she explained. " I did not know what to do ! I did not want my father to die, but I did not want Borr hurt either ! " she exclaimed. Balder looked up at his grandmother and asked : " Then what did you do ?! " Bestla patted Balder on the head. " I begged your grandfather not to kill my father, and to my husband's great credit he allowed him to live ! " she told them proudly.
Búri chuckled : " Bolthorn was so impressed with Borr that instead of causing more trouble he asked what my son' s intentions were towards his daughter. " he told the boys. Bestla bit her lip as tears welled up in her eyes. " And then your grandfather said something I never expected. He told my father that he wanted to marry me ! " she told them as she wiped away a tear. Thor's eyes lit up . " Was Bolthorn angry !? " he asked. Bestla messed up Thor' s hair with her hand. " No, silly ! He liked the match, and thought we should get married right away ! " she replied.
Búri drained the last of the mead from his horn before explaining : " The wedding was nothing more than an exchange of vows that myself and Bolthorn presided over. After the mixing of blood to signify the couples union we had a small feast. Then the next morning the four of us set about building a small addition onto the dwelling house for my son and my new daughter in law. " he told the boys.
Búri looked over at Bestla and turned his horn upside down to show that it was empty. Bestla laughed. " All right father I will refill your horn, but you have to promise me that you will not tell anymore of the story until I get back ! " she told him. Búri handed her the empty horn with a grin. " Agreed ! " he said with a broad smile.
- End Chapter 2
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2014.
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