While Utgard - Loki writhed on the ground in great pain, Heimdall continued his fight against the other Jotuns. He had killed a second attacker, but his strength was diminishing and he did not know how much longer he could hold out. Just then, behind this epic battle, tiny fingers picked up the Gjallar Horn which lay where Heimdall normally guarded the Rainbow Bridge. Gersemi had not listened to her older sister, and had come to help. She trembled slightly as she placed the horn up to her lips, and blew as hard as she could. To her amazement the horn made a tremendous sound that reverberated throughout the nine worlds. Utgard - Loki looked up from his agony with an expression of disbelief on his face. The Jotun lay there thinking to himself : " How could two little girls cause him so many problems ? ! "
Odin was calling for a final vote in an arbitration case at the Court of Justice when the Gods heard the call. They froze for only a moment, and then obeyed the call at once ! Each God ran, mounted their horses, and rode as fas as they could back to Asgard. Even Mighty Thor jumped onto Sleipnir' s back behind Odin. This was no time for anyone to be on foot !
Utgard - Loki slowly picked himself up off of the ground. He had decided that he was not going to take anymore nonsense from these two little girls ! He looked at Hnoss with an evil glare, and screamed at the child before him : " You want magic little girl ? ! Then I will give you magic !! " Suddenly a fireball appeared before him and he threw it at Hnoss with his mind. Hnoss, who was just as angry conjured up a wall of water which extinguished his flames. Again and again Utgard - Loki tried to penetrate the wall of water but he could not get his fireballs to penetrate.
Utgard - Loki then conjured up winds of hurricane force and blew them at Hnoss to blow her off of the Rainbow Bridge. Hnoss used her powerful Seidr to make winds of equal force to stop the Jotun' s gale. The Giant was now so enraged that he was screaming as he reached deep within himself and brought forth boulders which he threw at Hnoss with all his might. Hnoss reached deep within herself and found a new level of power she had never realized existed. She shattered the boulders as if they were nothing. Then she stopped and raised her hands over her head as though she were surrendering. Utgard - Loki threw another boulder at the defenseless little girl. Gersemi screamed as the boulder appeared to hit her . Then she looked again and stared in amazement . The boulder had simply gone right through her ! Utgard - Loki sent a few more boulders her way before he stopped and just stared at the little girl in disbelief !
Now Hnoss understood this Jotun' s evil ways. Utgard - Loki was not a wielder of magic but merely an illusionist. If she did not believe in what she saw being conjured up by the Jotun then it simply did not exist. Utgard - Loki had fooled Thor, Loki, and Thjalfi all those years ago because they believed that his tricks were real, and if you believed in them they could hurt you. Now, however, Hnoss understood, and had no reason to fear his tricks. Hnoss stepped foward and looked up at the Jotun who was staring back at her in total disbelief, and said confidently : " Your magic is poor, and are merely slight of hand tricks. I have had enough of your games Jotun ! " Hnoss clapped her hands and Utgard - Loki was blown off of Bifrost, and back to Jotunheim.
As Hnoss watched Utgard - Loki fall into the void, she did not realize that one of the Jotuns had broken away from Heimdall, and was now behind her. Just as the Jotun raised his sword to strike her down he notice he was on fire. Behind the Jotun stood Gersemi with angry eyes and an unforgiving heart. " You leave my sister alone you evil Jotun ! " Gersemi screamed. The Jotun ran screaming down the Rainbow Bridge as the fire consumed his clothes, and then he jumped off the bridge and joined Utgard - Loki in the void, his flaming figure slowly disappearing into the darkness. Hnoss turned, raised an eyebrow, and then smiled at her little sister. Gersemi looked at Hnoss with a smug look and said with a smile : " Mother teaches me things too sis ! "
Heimdall was still fighting the final three Jotuns when Odin and the remaining Aesir rode over the Rainbow Bridge. When they saw the Gods approaching they threw down their weapons and surrendered. As Odin dismounted he looked the Jotuns over and said with an angy tone : " I will not soil my hands with the blood of these vile creatures. " The Jotuns breathed a sigh of relief. Then Odin turned and pointed to Thor and said : " But my son would like to have a few words with you ! " Thor took the Jotuns away, and they were never seen or heard from again.
Odin walked painfully slowly over to Hnoss and Gersemi. " Do you have any idea how much trouble you two have caused here today ? I should banish you both from Asgard forever ! And your parents as well ! " Heimdall, who was visibly shaken by what had happened, stepped foward and stood before Odin. All - Father, I ask that you not be too unkind to these girls. True, they caused this situation, but they also helped to save Asgard...... and me as well. " Odin studied Heimdall' s bloody face carefully and then reflected for a moment. " Heimdall, I will leave their punishment to you then. What say you in judgement old friend ? " Odin asked slowly. Heimdall looked at the two terrified little girls who stood before him with their heads bowed, and replied : " I demand that they finish serving their original punishment, and be locked in their rooms until they realize that what they have done is wrong ! " Surprised, Odin looked first at Heimdall, and then at the girls before saying " How can we trust them ? They have already disobeyed my decree and escaped once ! " Hnoss knelt before Odin and said in a meek voice : " All - Father I know now that what I have done is wrong. Very wrong ! I promise that I will remain in my room, and cause no more problems for you ." Odin helped Hnoss to her feet, looked her in the eyes, saw her honesty, and then said with a sense of pride : " Then take your little sister home, warrior child, and stay there until I come to call upon you. " Hnoss nodded to Odin and then said respectfully : " Yes, All- Father. As you wish ! "
As they were walking back to Sessrumnir Hnoss looked over at Gersemi and said with a twinge of pride in her voice : " Thank you, sis ! You are a brave little girl aren ' t you ? Someday your Seidr may be as strong as mine. " Gersemi reached out and held her older sister' s hand before replying : " Maybe I' ll even be stronger ! " They both laughed as they reached the edge of the garden just outside of their home.
When Freyja returned home she had to face the wrath of Odin ! And of course as always she had to face it alone because she was not able to find Odr. When she heard what the girls had been up to she became furious ! She was very embarrassed as she sat for hours being scolded by Odin for the way she had raised her children. When she returned to Sessrumnir she decided to have it out with Hnoss. As Freyja turned the corner, and slowly opened the door to her room, she saw Hnoss sitting on the ledgeof the window playing with several deer. She became furious at the thought that her daughter was cotrolling the beasts with her magic again especially after how much trouble her magic had caused already . Just as Freyja was about to scold her daughter, she realized that her daughter was not controlling the animals with magic, but was speaking to them instead. As Freyja stood there and listened she heard her daughter say : " I always thought Skadhi was foolish to converse with animals like you, but mother was right. Kindness and respect are the best kinds of magic . Now go and play amongst yourselves, for I have to reflect upon the evil things that I have done . When Odin comes to call I want to make him proud of me again ! " Freyja smiled, and quietly shut the door. Hnoss was becoming a responsible young woman, and more importantly she was becoming a vital asset to the defense of Asgard !
Freyja next went over to check on Gersemi. As she opened her youngest daughter's door she gasped in horror. Gersemi sat on the edge of her bed and was staring at a small blue globe. Freyja realized at once what it was, and yelled at Gersemi : " You put that back where you found it young lady ! Thor will be so angry if he finds out about this ! Midgard is not to be played with ! "
- Glenn Bergen, Copyright 2012.