The Abduction Of Thrudr
" Oh my Flegg ! What have we here ? " the larger Jotun asked . The shorter Giant smiled, a wicked smile. " It looks like these two little boys are lost Aurgrimnir ! " he replied. " Where are your mommies and daddies little ones ? " Aurgrimnir asked sarcastically. Modi, always the first one to have an answer replied : " My mother is at home, and my father.... well..... he is out killing the likes of you ! " Flegg stepped forward, and pointed his huge finger at Modi. " Boy you had better watch your lying tongue, or I will cut it out ! " he yelled pulling out a stone knife from his belt. Magni calmly finished the last of his berries, and then stepped forward. Although Magni was only two years old he was twice as tall as Modi, and reached in height up to the Jotun's neck. Flegg tried to stare down the boy, but Magni was not intimidated. " You had better back off boy, or you will not be going home to your mommy and daddy ever again ! " Flegg yelled in Magni' s face. Flegg expected a reaction, but Magni stood like a statue before the Jotun, and showed no fear. " Well I do not think that will be necessary Flegg. " Aurgrimnir chimed in. " As long as you pay us a small fee we will let you go on your way. " he told the boys with a smile.
Modi drew his sword first ! Then Flegg and Aurgrimnir pulled out their stone weapons, and held them at the ready. For a moment the four of them stood perfectly still without uttering a word. Then Aurgrimnir stepped forward, and lowered his spear. " Boys it would be a damn shame for the two of you to go home to your parents in pieces ! Now just pay us with everything you have, and you can be on your way ! " he told the boys sternly. Modi yelled back at the large Giant : " It is the two of you who will wind up in more pieces than you arrived in, you ugly bastards ! " Flegg looked at Aurgrimnir and asked : " Do they not understand that we are Jotuns ? " he asked. Magni then stepped forward and stated as a matter of fact : " My mother is a Giantess. " he told them. " Maybe you have heard of Jarnsaxa ? " Magni asked them. When Modi saw the Jotuns reaction he laughed. " And by the way our father is the Mighty Thor ! " he told them .
Flegg and Aurgrimnir looked at each other, and then with blood curdling yells attacked the boys ! Flegg swung his heavy club violently at Modi with great precision. Modi blocked the first two swings a little clumsily, but with each strike of the Jotun's stone club Modi became angrier and angrier ! The young God began to clench his teeth, and his eyes grew red, and burned with fire ! When Flegg came straight down on him with his club, like a carpenter setting a nail, he blocked it and went down on one knee. Modi pushed away the club, and swung his sword at the Jotun's knee, cutting his leg off at the joint. As the Jotun tried to raise his club to strike again, he literally did not have a leg to stand on, and toppled over. On the way down Modi sliced off the Jotun's weapon arm as well . The angry young God showed the Jotun no mercy as he cut off his other leg and then his other arm at the shoulder. As Flegg lay there on the ground in a pool of his own blood, Modi stood over him with a crazed smile on his face. " So you are going to cut out my tongue you Jotun bastard !? " he yelled down at the terrified Giant. " Well, I am going to cut off your whole damn head ! " he added angrily. And with that, Modi lifted the Jotuns head off the ground by his hair, and sliced the Jotuns head off at the neck !
As with most individual battles the combatants become so fixed on their own fight that everything around them disappears for that moment. Aurgrimnir and Magni did not witness Flegg being dismembered because they were locked in a mortal combat of their own. Aurgrimnir's weapon of choice was the stone spear. But this was not just any type of spear ! The shaft was made of solid marble, and four sharpened flutes led to the tip that was honed to a fine point. The Jotun was confident with his weapon, and felt assured of victory ! He was , however, surprised that the boy did not try to swerve out of the way of his thrusts, but instead used his bare hands to deflect the spear just behind its point. Aurgrimnir was impressed with the great speed of the youth, and thought it quite the shame to kill the son of a Giantess that he so admired.
When the Jotun grew tired of the " dance " he was having with the boy, he decided to end the contest. With all his might he poked the great spear right at the child' s head. He expected the tip to rip into the boys face, or at the very least take out an eye, but to the Jotun's surprise, and horror, the boy grabbed the spear just behind the point and held it with an iron grip ! Aurgrimnir pushed and pulled with all his might, but he could not dislodge his spear from the youth's hands. When this did not work the Jotun decided to rush at the boy, and run him through with his spear. As the Jotun pushed forward with his legs digging in, he felt himself being lifted off of the ground !
Magni was a patient warrior, but he had grown weary of this Jotun's fighting skills. When the young God felt the Jotun push on the spear he lifted the marble weapon into the air along with the Giant. It was almost comical to see the Jotun's legs pedaling back and forth in the air, and Magni could not help but smile. When Aurgrimnir stopped running on the air Magni flicked him off of the spear as though he were swatting a bug off of his arm. The Jotun flew through the air, smashed through one tree, cutting it in two, and landed hard up against the tree behind it. As their eyes met Aurgrimnir realized that picking a fight with these boys was a very bad mistake !
It was then that Aurgrimnir saw Flegg being chopped to pieces by Modi ! The Jotun stayed just long enough to hear Flegg's final scream, before getting up and running away as fast as he could. Magni, not to be denied a kill, flipped the spear over in the air, and grabbed it with the point facing the other way. He quickly found the weapon's center of balance, and threw it at the fleeing Jotun. Aurgrimnir had not gone very far before he felt a sharp pain in his back, and was shoved forward onto the ground. The last thing the Jotun saw before his eyes dimmed forever was his own spear point sticking out of his chest.
Magni watched as the Jotun died, and then turned back to his brother. Magni shook his head from side to side when he saw Modi covered in blood proudly displaying the Jotun's head in his hands. " What is the matter my large friend ? Nothing to say now ?! " Modi asked the severed head. Magni laughed, and when he reached his brother's side he put his arm around him. " I think you enjoy this too much my brother ! " he told him. " You are right little brother ! " Modi said laughing as he threw away the Jotun's head. " But now it is time to rescue our sister ! " Modi added pointing to the tall mountain that loomed before them.
As the brothers began their ascent, the two ravens took wing, and flew back towards the Midgard border. By a shallow body of water stood an old man with a grey beard. When Hugin and Munin spotted their master they lowered a wing and dove down, each landing gently on a different shoulder. The ravens cawed into their master's ear one at a time, which made Harbard smile from ear to ear as they told him what they had just witnessed !
End Chapter 6
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2014.
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