Is a most curious creature, an eagle with large wings.
Those who have seen it have received quite a surprise,
For it is not an eagle at all, but a huge Giant in disguise.
The great eagle spreads its wings, and with a flap of a feather,
Sends forth an unseen force, adds the wind to the weather.
With every flap of its mighty wings, great currents of air it blows,
Why this tremendous Eagle - Giant does this, no one really knows.
Hræsvelgr he has been called, by the ancients he was so named,
Many have tried to control him, but he has never been tamed.
The monster has wings that are feathered in a light golden brown,
And a bald head all of pure white, that it wears like a shining crown.
The " Corpse Swallower " gently rides thermals out over the world,
It floats on giant wings that stretch forth when they are unfurled.
He carefully searches the land below for the dying and the dead,
Then swoops down on the corpses with sharp talons outspread.
The next time that you feel the strong winds upon your face,
Think of that mighty carrion eater from the ancient Jotun race.
Sitting atop the world's end , as though it were somehow regal,
He is Hræsvelgr, Corpse Swallower, Wind - Maker, Giant - Eagle !
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2014.