284. Edny' s Revenge
A mother's life filled with many days of grief and deep sorrow.
Edny's son Ulf sailed away, followed the king where he was led,
Fought a battle in the land of the Franks, and now he is dead.
Her son was fighting for glory, that was what he was told,
In truth he fought only to gain his king a fortune in gold.
King Einar knew nothing of truth, he laughed as he lied,
Cared little for his warriors, barely noticed when they died.
Her husband Egil had died fighting for the king many years before,
And now with the loss of her son she refused to take this any more !
Edny felt that she had no choice left, but to find a way to avenge,
Her husband's, and son's lives, that cried out to her for revenge !
With her husband' s bow, for many months, Edny practiced her aim,
For she knew all too well that she was playing a dangerous game.
After months of hard training, when she felt she was at her best,
She rode to the great hall and put an arrow through the king's chest.
The king's men searched for the killer, frantically looking all around,
They were shocked when it was just a small woman that they found.
Edny proudly threw the bow down, and hoped she would now die,
As Jarl Otrygg drew his sword, he looked the woman in the eye.
Then Edny pulled out from her waistband a gold handled blade,
Which she pointed at her chest with hands steady and unafraid.
But Otrygg placed his sword in between her chest and the knife,
And asked if she would rule as queen, and become his loving wife.
To her surprise the king's men backed down, let out a hearty cheer,
For the woman who killed their tyrant king for whom they all did fear.
This small bold woman was to some the most beautiful ever seen,
And everyone in the kingdom wanted this warrior lady as their queen.
As king and queen they ruled the lands, and were much praised,
And within a year they had a son, which they both lovingly raised.
At the edge of the village Queen Edny had erected a great stone,
So that her son's, and first husband's, deeds would be forever known.
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2014.