Hildr's New Life
And it was now several months since for him she had last cried.
Her husband had left her, went off to war to gain glory and gold,
But his untimely death had left her without food, and in the cold.
One day, very hungry, she asked the blacksmith for something to eat,
He offered Hildr some dried herring, and then he gave her his seat.
The smith, named Thorvald, wet a cloth, wiped her hands and her face,
Hildr was amazed that such a large man could move with such grace.
Thorvald the blacksmith was a quiet young man, who did none any harm,
He was not considered a handsome man, but he did have a great charm.
He watched Hildr closely as she ate, pitied her that she was a mess,
Her shoes were coming apart, and there were many holes in her dress.
When Hildr had finished her meal, the blacksmith slowly and shyly spoke,
I have not much to offer you, some food, a small hut, and maybe a new cloak.
I am not a mighty warrior like your husband, and I have no great wealth,
But I am a strong worker, with a trade, and I do have my good health.
I know that I am not much to look at , but I could give you a better life,
If you would only agree to marry me, and become my loving wife.
Hildr's eyes welled up with tears as she said, " But I have nothing at all !
A little food would be a feast, a cloak a fine gown, and a hut a great hall ! "
With the local Chieftain acting as Godi, they were married that same night,
The wealthy Chieftain felt sorry for them, he wanted to help with their plight.
He asked Thorvald the blacksmith if possibly he could fix his broken sword,
Promised him if it were done well, he would give him a handsome reward.
The blacksmith worked hard night and day, to fix the sword and the hilt,
He labored in the heat for many weeks until the sword was rebuilt.
Then he hurried over to his hall, and presented it to the great Chieftain,
The old warrior looked carefully at his blade, turned it over and over again.
The Chieftain was impressed by the young blacksmith' s ability to mend,
The Chieftain then told him : " This is fine work Thorvald my good friend ! "
I will pay a fair price for the wonderful craftsmanship that you have done,
And I would like to offer you a new job as my army' s blacksmith my son ! "
It was an incredible offer that Thorvald the blacksmith could not refuse,
With gold coin in hand, he ran all the way home to tell his wife the news.
Hildr could not believe what she was hearing was really what she heard,
She made Thorvald tell her again slowly, and listened intently to each word.
Thorvald's blacksmith shop became so busy that he had to hire a new hand,
And with all the money he made he bought himself a small tract of farm land.
It was here on his land that he built a fine new house, which gave Hildr such joy,
And it was there in that house that they lived happily with their little girl and their boy.
- Glenn Bergen, Copyright, 2014.