The Abduction Of Thrudr
The Great Mountain
Modi, as impatient as always, jumped in front and began to get ahead of his brother. He could not help but notice the many buzzards that were circling overhead. Modi wondered, as he struggled up the side of the mountain, whether they were circling an already dead animal whose scent they had detected, or if they were flying high above anticipating the deaths of himself, and his brother, in this treacherous mountain region. As Modi contemplated whether they would make it to the summit alive he stepped up onto a small ledge on the path. Suddenly a few rocks rolled from under his feet. It took but a few short moments for their momentum to cause a rock slide which cascaded down in the direction of his brother who had fallen far behind. Magni heard the rock slide before he saw it. Cool and calculating as always, Magni did not panic. He ran a few steps down the trail, and uprooted the largest pine tree he could find. As the boulders came tumbling directly towards him, the youngest son of Thor and Jarnsaxa, swung the tree at the boulders as each one of them came within range, and swatted them away as though he were playing a harmless game. After about a dozen swings with his tree - club the slide subsided, and Magni threw down the tree triumphantly. " Are you alright brother ! " Modi called down to him. Magni glared up angrily at his brother, but kept his rage under control. " Please be more careful Modi ! " he yelled back up to his brother. " If you had kept up with me brother this would not have happened ! " Modi yelled back down tauntingly.
Modi waited until Magni caught up, and with a big smile said sarcastically : " You appear no worse for the wear brother. " Magni held his temper no longer ! He picked up his brother, and held him in the air for a moment, and then dropped Modi behind him. " I believe that I will lead now brother ! " Magni told him as his brother hit the ground hard. " Are you trying to kill me Magni ! " Modi asked angrily. Magni looked his brother over, and said with a smile : " Well, you appear no worse for the wear brother. " Modi, who was seldom at a loss for words, knew it was better to keep his mouth shut when his brother was angry. Modi nodded his approval, and fell in behind his younger brother.
When the mountain top came into sight the boys decided to rest on an outcropping of rocks at the edge of the mountain before attempting the summit. As Magni munched on a loaf of bread, Modi, who was eating his oatmeal, leaned over to get a better idea of how high they really were. " Magni ! Look at how small that river looks beloooooooh ! " Modi never had a chance to finish his sentence. As he leaned over the rock it tilted slightly, and he fell head first over the edge ! As he reached out in vain for something, anything, to grab hold of, he felt the strong grip of his brother on his leg. The sudden stop was like the cracking of a whip, and Modi cried out in pain. Magni picked his brother up over the ledge, and gently set him back down on the solid ground of the mountain. Modi grabbed his now throbbing leg, and winced in pain. Magni laughed as he finished the last of his bread. " It would have hurt a lot more if you had hit the bottom brother ! " he told Modi. " Finish your snack, and let us be on our way ! " Magni added. Modi, still clutching his leg, looked up at his brother, and winced as he spoke : " Thank you, but I am not really hungry any longer my brother. "
Modi surmised that it was early evening by the time they reached the summit of the great mountain. They felt no great achievement in their feat, but instead had more of a sense of relief at finally reaching their goal. It had been a hard climb, and the brothers wanted to rest, but in the high peaks region of Jotunheim it was dangerous to camp at such a great height. They decided they would descend to a safer altitude before camping for the night. The trail on the other side of the mountain was just as steep as the ascent had been. It took almost until nightfall to reach a level place to rest for the night . Just as the brothers were getting ready to set up their camp, and settle in for the night, they heard rustling noises in the brush up ahead. Suddenly a huge bear came at them ! When it was only a short distance away it raised itself up on its hind legs, and growled menacingly at them . When Modi saw the huge teeth dripping with saliva roaring at them he drew his sword ready to do battle with the creature. Magni, however, was tired and was not about to put up with any more nonsense this day ! As the great beast, which was as big as Magni, began to walk toward them on its hind legs preparing to attack, the younger brother ran right at the huge bear, and roared even louder than the great beast ! Taken by surprise by Magni' s action, the fierce bear fell back down on all fours, and with great speed retreated whimpering into the woods from where it came. By the time Magni stopped, Modi was rolling on the ground laughing so hard that he had dropped his sword. Magni pretended to be angry, but he soon sat down next to his brother and enjoyed the great humor of the moment . " I think we are far enough away from the summit to camp now brother. " Modi told his brother in between laughter. " I agree Modi ! " Magni told him trying not to laugh. As their eyes met the brothers broke into laughter again which echoed throughout the Jotun mountains.
- End Chapter 7
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2014.
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