Brynhild : The Youngest Valkyrie
Through a Child' s Eyes
" What is wrong child !? " Odin asked impatiently as he looked around for hidden danger. The little girl looked up at the tall man with the eye patch, who towered over her, and picked something up off of the ground. As she cradled the object up against her chest she began to cry even harder. " This poor little rabbit is injured, and I don' t know how to help it ! " she cried out as she showed the stranger what she held in her hands. " Can you help me ! Please ! " she pleaded trembling.
Odin put away his sword, and looked at the tiny rabbit. It had been struck with an arrow in the hindquarter, and looked to be dying. Odin shook his head : " The animal will die little one ! It is not worth the tears ! " he scolded her. " No ! No ! It can' t die ! " she screamed back at the man above her. " I watched as they killed my aunt and my uncle, and all of their friends in our village ! I will not let this die too ! I just won' t ! " she cried out in fear and pain. " Things die child. This world is full of death, and I am afraid that after all of the death that I have seen on my long journey this small creature is too insignificant to care about ! " Odin told her with a cold stare. As soon as he told the little girl this he regretted it ! He had scolded the Valkyrie just the day before for calling life insignificant, and now he had done the same !
" That is mean ! " Everything deserves a chance to live ! " she shouted back at him. " Why does it matter if it is the smallest of creatures, or my aunt or uncle ?! I have seen old people die ! I understand that, but the people of my village were killed by other people, and that is not right ! " she screamed at him. " Is it that you cannot help, or that you don' t care ! " she asked as more tears fell. Odin was taken aback by the little girls courage, and did not answer her right away. This little girl had apparently witnessed the horror of her whole village being massacred, and yet she was standing boldly before him, and was not afraid of him. Odin lost his anger, and knelt down beside the girl. " Where are your guardians child ? " he asked her in a calm tone." My father is the great warrior Budli, and he went off raiding with the king. My mother went along with him, but they said I was too young to go, so I was left with my aunt and uncle." she told him. Then the little girl held the rabbit tighter, and broke down in tears again. " Men came to our village ! They killed everyone ! But they did not see me so I ran into the woods and hid. I tried to find my way back to the village, but I got lost . I have been walking for two moons now. I was hungry so I was picking berries when I saw this poor little rabbit. " she told him through trembling lips.
It was then that Odin realized that this little girl was from the village he had recently passed through. She had seen the worst kind of horrors and destruction, had nothing to eat, and no place to go, and yet all she wanted was to save the small creature she cradled in her arms. Odin began to see the world, this world of Midgard, through the little girls eyes. He felt her fear, and her anger. He felt her compassion, and her love. But most of all he felt her pain, and that was the defining moment ! The All - Father reached out, and wiped away the little girl's tears. He held out his hand to the little girl, and realizing what he wanted, she placed the rabbit gently in his palm. Odin sensed at once that the animal had died, but did not let the little girl know. He placed his thumb over the shaft of the arrow, and pushed it through the wound. " No ! Don' t hurt it ! " she shouted as she reached out to take the rabbit back. Odin, however, held the animal up high out of her reach, and began to chant words that she did not understand.
Suddenly, the rabbit began to wriggle. It rolled over, sat on his hind legs, and looked around nervously with its little nose wiggling back and forth. Odin lowered the animal so that the little girl could see that it was alright. She looked Odin in the eye and stopped crying. " Oh ! That is wonderful ! Thank You ! Thank You ! " she shouted smiling. Odin handed the little rabbit back to the girl, who hugged it tightly up against her chest. " Don' t hold it too tightly child or you will hurt it. " Odin told her with a chuckle. " Did you like it when I brought the dead rabbit back to life ? " he asked her. " Yes ! " she replied. " I wish I could make things better like that ! " she added. " How would you like to help me to bring warriors back to life little one ? " Valfather asked. " Could I really do something like that !? " she shot back. " Yes, child. I am always In need of Valkyries, especially with all of the wars that are taking place these days." he told her. At first you would have to be a serving maiden, but there are many who will teach you, and when you are older you will help bring back the dead to Valhalla. " he added with a smile.
Odin reached out his hand to the little girl, which she took, and held tightly. He then opened a small bag he had on his belt and pulled out a small pastry which he handed to her. " My wife Frigga makes these. They are made of oatmeal and are really quite good. " he said as he handed the little cake to the girl. Her eyes widened as she took the pastry. She was very hungry ! Odin smiled as he saw her gobbling down the food. " I have many more if you are hungry child. It is a long journey to Asgard so eat as many as you would like ! " he told her. With crumbs on her lips she held out her hand for another cake. Odin laughed as he handed her another. " What is your name child ? " he asked. " My name is Brynhild . " she answered with a mouth full of food. " Brynhild....hmm.... I like that my little Valkyrie ! " Odin told her as they began their journey to Asgard.
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2014.