Part 1 : The Trickster
Loki, for his own well being, decided it would be best to stay where he was just a bit longer in case the Jotuns decided to double back in their search for him. As he sat down on a stone ledge, behind the great rock, he pulled from his bag the hoard of gold coins he had " won " from the gullible Jotuns. " One, two, three, four . " He counted to himself. " How could they be so stupid to have fallen for that old trick ? " Loki said aloud. The game was a simple one. Loki would put up one of his gold coins, and ask the other player to put up one as well. Then he would shake them in both hands behind his back, separate his hands, and ask the player which hand the coins were in. The winner was able to keep both coins as their prize. Loki allowed the Jotuns to win a few " hands " here and there, but over the course of the game the Jotuns slowly lost all of their money to the great trickster. What the Jotuns did not know was that most of the time the coins were not in either hand !
When Loki sensed their anger rising to a boiling point he allowed the Jotun Gyllir to win one coin, and then he excused himself, politely saying he had to go to relieve himself. The Jotuns waited patiently for a while, but when Loki did not return for an extended period of time, the Jotuns realized that they had been cheated, and went looking for him to get their money back. By that time, however, their shouts were merely echoes in the distance. Loki then stopped behind this huge overhanging boulder, along the road to Jotunberg, and waited for them to pass so he could double back himself, and be truly free of them.
As Loki sat on the uncomfortable rock counting his coins, he reflected over all of the enemies he had made over the years. He sometimes wondered if he was hated more by the Gods, the Elves, or by his own people, the Jotuns, who he had cheated more times than he cared to remember. Then he chuckled to himself out loud : " Well, actually the Dwarves do not care for me much either ! " The only ones he felt that he could count on in a pinch were his two brothers, Byleist, and Helblindi. And Helblindi still held a bit of a grudge over that Jotun woman that Loki had stolen from him. " What I need is an ally that I can count on ! " Loki whispered to himself. Then Loki laughed as he continued : " But in the meantime I will simply sit here and count the rewards of my labor........ five, six, seven, eight, ........
End Part 1
- Glenn Bergen, Copyright, 2013.
Next : Part 2 : The Wanderer