The Angry Landvaettir
When Anika married she told her husband Bjorn about the Landvaettir. He never believed in the little creature that he could not see, and simply dismissed it as just a visualized component of his wife' s unusual Pagan religion. As a Christian Bjorn did not dare entertain such ideas as land spirits ! When their daughter Brynveig was born Anika began to take her child to the park as well, and when she was old enough her mother told her all about Irmil. Brynveig was fascinated by the stories her mother told, but she could not see the Landvaettir, and therefore did not truly believe in him. Anika was disappointed that her daughter could not see, and speak to the land Wight, but it did not stop her from bringing her daughter to the park almost everyday, and telling her the stories that Irmil told her. Brynveig, unlike her mother, cleaned the park as a mere civil responsibility, and not as a way of honoring the Landvaettir.
Years later when Anika was on her death bed she asked her daughter to go to the park, walk down to the boulder by the edge of the stream, and tell the Wight that she had passed away. Brynveig told her mother not to think of such things, but Anika told her daughter in no uncertain terms that she wanted the Landvaettir to be told of her death. Hearing the determination in her mother's voice Brynveig promised that she would carry out her last wishes. The day after her mother' s funeral Brynveig drove down to the park. As her mother had instructed, she walked down to the boulder by the stream . In her grief she fell to her knees and cried out : " Irmil my mother has died ! What will I do now !? " Suddenly Brynveig saw a ghostly image form on the rock. In her grief, and shocked by the appearance of what she did not believe existed, she stumbled to her feet, and walked closer to the boulder. The little Landvaettir held out a flower to Brynveig, who with shaking hands took it from him. As she stood there in disbelief the Landvaettir spoke : " Just as a flower springs forth from a seed, grows to maturity, and withers and dies, so do humans. Every Spring , however, new seeds sprout, and new flowers bloom, and the cycle of life begins again. " Brynveig held the flower against her chest, and cried. " A seed has been planted within you, and in the Spring it will burst forth into life, and so the cycle continues. " the Landvaettir told her. Brynveig was shocked by his words, and through teary eyes gave him a questioning look. " I will miss your mother very much, but I also look forward to meeting your son. " Irmil told her. As the Landvaettir slowly disappeared Brynveig placed her hand on her belly, and cried.
The next Spring Brynveig and her husband had an eight pound two ounce little boy. As soon as she was able, she brought her son, who they named Irmil, to the park to meet the little Landvaettir. Irmil was greatly honored that Brynveig had named her son after him. When Brynveig showed the little child to the Wight it smiled and reached out to him. Irmil smiled as he looked at Brynveig. " He can see me ! " he exclaimed. And to this day Anika' s descendants maintain the little park in Helgafell. Most do it as a civic duty, but some know the real reason for their efforts.
- Glenn Bergen ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2014.