The next morning little Gersemi woke up and looked around the great hall, but she could not find her mother or her sister. When she went out to the garden she saw Hnoss sitting on a bench arranging a bouquet of flowers. Gersemi walked up to her big sister and asked : " Where did mother go ? " Hnoss, who was used to having to care for her little sister, picked Gersemi up and placed her on her lap, then answered with a little bitterness in her voice : " She has gone away to look for father again. Heimdall told mother that he had seen him in the land of the Midgardians." Gersemi looked up at her big sister and asked : " Will she be gone long ? " Shaking her head Hnoss replied : " I hope not little one ! " "Are you bored Gersemi ? " Hnoss inquired. " Yes ! Father promised me a horse to play with, but he hasn' t returned yet. I don't have anyone to play with ! " Gersemi said pouting.
Hnoss placed Gersemi back onto the floor, stood up and said with a big grin : " If it is horses that you want little sister, then it is horses that you shall have ! " Gersemi looked up at her big sister, and thought to herself : " uh - oh ! " Hnoss raised her hands above her head, and said in a quiet but forceful voice : "
Four legs, and six and eight,
I summon Asgard' s mighty horses,
I command you, do not be late,
for I control the mighty forces,
my anger grows the more I wait,
As I call to you from ancient sources ! "
Gersemi pointed to the sky and clapped her hands in joy as she saw the first of Asgard' s horses coming. Hofvarpnir was the first to make it to Sessrumnir. He was the quickest because he could fly through the air. Next came Sleipnir galloping hard, his eight legs kicking up turf as he went. Coming up behind Sleipnir were Glad, Gyllir, Glen, Lettfet, Skeidbrimnir, Silfrtopp, Sinir, Gils, Falhofnir, and Gulltop. When all the horse stood before the young Goddesses Hnoss began to sing a magical little song. The horses on command began to strut a little dance around the girls. Gersemi giggled and clapped her hands in time to the magical lyrics that Hnoss sang as the horses circled round. Hnoss then changed the tune and made the horse do a little dance with each other which made both the girls laugh with delight !
Off in the distance, however, trouble was brewing. A group of Gods and Goddesses had gathered, and they were asking where their horses had gone. Odin especially was angered because he and the other Gods needed to leave for the Spring of Urdr to hold their daily court, but they had no horses to ride over Bifrost. Odin said under his breath : " Thor may like to walk to the Spring of Urdr, but I do not wish to do so ! " Impatient, Odin went over and sat on his high - seat, Hlidskjalf, and looked out over the nine worlds. He did not see them in Midgard, nor Alfheim, or even Jotunheim. The last place he looked was in Asgard itself, and when he spotted the horses he could not believe what he was seeing ! Hnoss was playing with the Gods horses . No, she was controlling them ! This was not a cute little prank being committed by a child Goddess, but an intrusion into the daily business of the Gods of Asgard. Furious Odin rose up from his high -seat and said in a voice that was furious even for him : " Follow me, brothers and sisters ! "
As they got closer to Sessrumnir, the Gods became angrier and angrier. Heimdall especially said unkind words about Freyja' s children when he saw his beloved horse Gulltop prancing around under a spell performed by Hnoss. Gersemi was the first to see the Asgardians approaching and tugged at her sisters dress. Hnoss put her hands down and stopped singing in mid - verse when she felt the tug. " I think we are in big trouble ! " Gersemi said with fear in her voice. Hnoss smiled at her little sister before saying quietly : " Let me handle this Gersemi, you just be still ! "
Hnoss never had a chance to handle the situation. Heimdall yelled at the girls as soon as he was in ear shot . When he came upon Gulltopp he grabbed him by the neck and stopped its foolishness. His tirade at the girls was long and loud, and even before he finished Gna began to yell at them. Gna scolded the girls repeatedly for keeping her from her important errands. " Frigga will be furious with you both if I cannot finish the errands that she has given me to run today ! " Gna shouted in a furious tone. Then it was Odin's turn to reprimand the girls, and he reminded them of how important it was for the Gods to get to the Spring of Urdr to hold their Court of Justice. Odin finished : " My son, who walks to the court, will be there waiting for us because you have delayed us with your nonsense ! " Then Odin did something that Hnoss did not expect. He grabbed the two girls, and carried them into Sessrumnir to their room. Then with words well practiced he locked the door with a spell, and as he walked away he shouted over his shoulder : " And there you will stay until you realize how wrong your actions were this day ! " As Odin mounted Sleipnir he turned to Heimdall and said : " I need you to stay today here in Asgard and watch over these two because I cannot not trust them on their own. When Odr and Freyja come back to Asgard I shall speak to them personally about this matter ! " Heimdall nodded before saying : " I will watch over them as I watch over the Rainbow Bridge All - Father ! "
Hnoss and Gersemi had heard every word that Odin had said, and this made Hnoss angry. Very Angry ! She could not believe that Odin, who had always treated her with so much kindness, could do and say such awful things to her ! In a fit of anger she turned to her little sister, and with rage in her voice said : " I will not stay here in Asgard any longer ! Here in Asgard I am only one of many with great powers, but elsewhere I could rule with my magic ! " Gersemi frowned before saying to her older sister : " Odin has locked us in Hnoss, how can you go anywhere ? " Hnoss looked at Gersemi with a wicked smile before saying slyly : " Odin is not the only one with magic little one. " Hnoss closed her eyes and in an instance the lock disappeared from the door. " True I cannot undo the spell that locked the door, but I can make the lock itself disappear ! " Hnoss said as she laughed. Gersemi looked at her older sister and in a mature tone beyond her years said : " Odin has punished us ! We cannot go against the All - Father's will ! " Hnoss gave her little sister an angry look before saying : " I am leaving tonight whether you come or not sister ! " Gersemi put her head down and kicked the floor before replying : " I don' t want to stay here all alone ! " Hnoss kneeled down and looked Gersemi in the eyes : " Then we leave when night falls."
- Glenn Bergen, Copyright 2012.
Coming soon : Part 3 : Asgard Attacked !