( Gna's Glory )
Eir The Healer
" Who dares to enter my hall without being announced ! " Frigga demanded of the intruder.
Heimdall ran down the aisle that led to Frigga's high - seat carrying the bloody and battered body of Fulla .
" Forgive me All - Mother, but there is no time ! " he shouted back at her.
Frigga took one look at the bloody mess that Heimdall held in his arms, and turned to Hlin at once.
" Find Eir and bring her here immediately ! " All- Mother commanded loudly.
Hlin took a quick look at Fulla, and then ran out of the hall as quickly as she could. Lettfeti was just trotting up to Fensalir as Hlin emerged from the great hall.
" Lettfeti ! Come here at once ! We must hurry and find Eir the Healer ! " Hlin shouted frantically.
Syn and Lofn brought a bed from a back chamber for Heimdall to lay Fulla on. Saga appeared moments later with two comfortable pillows for the injured handmaiden, and together they gently lifted her head and placed it on the soft cushions. Then the handmaidens stood looking back and forth at each other not knowing quite what to do.
A short while later Hlin and Eir came riding up to Fensalir. Eir did not wait for Lettfeti to completely stop before she slid off of his back and ran into the great hall. The one known as the " Healer" took one look at Fulla and quickly began to bark out orders to everyone including Mother Frigga.
" I need hot water and soap ! I need sheets to be cut up into strips for bandages ! And I need someone to boil healing herbs into a broth for me ! " Eir shouted so loud it reverberated throughout the hall.
As Eir found the herbs she needed in her medicine bag she looked up to see who she could give them to. The handmaidens had scattered in all directions to gather what she needed, and only Frigga was left standing there. All- Mother did not hesitate ! She grabbed the herbs from Eir, ran over to the fire, and placed a second pot on for the medicine.
When Eir examined Fulla more closely she turned to Heimdall with a concerned look upon her face.
" I need two pieces of wood to make a splint, and part of a sheet to make a sling for her broken arm ! " she told Heimdall.
Heimdall was unaccustomed to being spoken to in such a way, but this was no time for formalities. Without the slightest hesitation the silent sentinel ran out of the hall in search of what Eir needed to aid the injured handmaiden.
With the help of Frigga, Heimdall, and the handmaidens, Eir set Fulla's arm, and had the bloodied girl cleaned up. All - Mother herself sat by Fulla's side and spoon fed her the medicine she had prepared for her. When Fulla had finished all of her medicinal broth Frigga set the bowl down and gently stroked the handmaidens matted hair.
" Tell us what happened my dear ? " Frigga asked in a soothing half whisper.
Fulla began to cry as she choked on her words.
" I was attacked by a huge hairy Jotun ! He took my sword, and your presents, and then beat me and left me for dead ! " Fulla cried out.
Frigga gently placed one arm around Fulla to comfort her. All - Mother was especially careful not to hit the handmaiden's broken arm as she gently patted her on the back.
" There, there child ! Everything will be alright now, for you are home in Asgard where we will protect you from harm ! " she told Fulla as though she were an infant.
Fulla buried her bruised face against Frigga's chest and began to sob uncontrollably.
" If not for Lettfeti I would have died All - Mother ! " Fulla blurted out.
Frigga's eyes, which a moment before had shown compassion, now burned with anger ! All - Mother gently pushed Fulla down on the bed. As she did Hlin lifted the injured handmaiden's head slightly, and fluffed the top pillow to make her more comfortable before carefully placing her head back down.
Frigga stood up and looked around the room in deep thought. Then the Queen Mother began to issue orders left and right.
" Eir you will bring my handmaiden back to full health ! " she commanded.
" Handmaidens ! " Frigga shouted.
" Yes, All - Mother ! " the handmaidens all replied in unison.
" You will see to her every need ! She must want for nothing ! " Frigga told them in a strict tone.
" Yes, All - Mother ! " they all replied simultaneously.
Frigga then turned to Heimdall and placed her hand on his shoulder.
" Thank you, Heimdall ! If I had lost Fulla I do not know what I would have done ! " she told him softly so that Fulla could not hear.
You are very welcome, All - Mother ! I assure you it was my honor and duty to help your handmaiden. " he replied respectfully.
Frigga kissed Heimdall on the cheek.
" Modest as ever ! " she exclaimed proudly.
" You should go back to your post great sentinel. I on the other hand will travel to Valhalla to see my husband. " she told him.
Then Frigga turned back to Fulla and her handmaidens.
" This will not stand ! The Jotun who did this will pay for his evil act ! " she told them angrily.
- End Chapter 3
- Next : Chapter 4 : Odin's Wisdom
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