Forbidden Love :
A Story Of The Goddess Lofn
Frigga Demands, Odin Relents
Despite Frigga's adamant denials to the contrary, Odin found it very difficult to accept that his wife had nothing to do with King Vifinnr's sudden incursion southward deeper into Herjardalr. It seemed highly unlikely to the Valfather that a human, on his own, would suddenly have changed his mind and decided to leave prime defensible high ground, that the king of Jamtaland had only days before considered to be the perfect location to destroy the Herjardalr army.
Odin knew oh too well that his wife had the ability to reach out to the minds of those weaker than herself, and plant a seed of hope, or doubt, that could not only change a decision already made, but also redirect the course of history. The All-Father, as strong as he was, had himself been the victim of his wife's " persuasion " once or twice in the past, but over the years he had carefully trained his mind, and now felt confident that he could resist her will. Her smile, and wonderful charm, however, were also potent weapons that had to be carefully dealt with.
Frigga entered the viewing room and sat down next to her husband. She watched with great interest as Vifinnr led his army deeper into Herjardalr to escape King Harjulf's army. As she looked up from the viewer, and glanced over at her husband, she could not help but notice that Odin's expression mirrored that of King Harjulf's confused and disappointed look down on Midgard. The All-Mother quickly decided that now, during what appeared to be a lull in the war, would be the best time to change the direction of this game. With a casual wave of her hand the image below moved away from the armies that opposed each other near the border of Jamtaland and Herjardalr, to a young man and a young woman kissing near a river further to the east.
Odin stared down at the new images for a long moment before turning to his wife and asking exactly what it was that she was showing him. Frigga smiled pleasantly at her husband before responding to his question in a very nonchalant manner.
" Well,....., it seems as though while we were playing our game of war, love has been forged between the children of the kings which we are using as our pawns. " she told him.
Odin shook his head from side to side in a most menacing manner.
" If you are trying to distract me from making my next move by complicating the game I must tell you right now, my dear, that it will not work ! " he explained to her in no uncertain terms.
Frigga shrugged her shoulders innocently.
" Why,...., I surely do not know what you mean. I am merely trying to comply with the edict that we both agreed upon all those years ago about protecting those who become involved in what I believe you termed ' forbidden love '. " she replied with a little smile pasted upon her face.
Odin narrowed his eye, and stared at his wife for a very long moment before reluctantly looking back down at Midgard. He watched as the son of Harjulf, Heinrekr, playfully chased Myrgjol, the daughter of Vifinnr, around a large oak tree. The Valfather winced slightly when the young man caught the young maiden and kissed her passionately on the mouth. It was all too much for Odin to bear and he quickly looked away from the viewer. Once again he reluctantly turned his attention back to his wife.
" Summon Sjofn at once ! " the All-Father bellowed.
Frigga nodded to her husband. With a little grin upon her face, and using the force of her mind, she called out to the handmaiden, the Goddess Sjofn, who only moments later walked into the great hall. Odin watched his wife closely, as the Goddess of Love approached their high-seats, to see if he could detect any deceit in his wife's eyes, or in her mannerisms. He saw nothing, however, and turned his glaring eye to the handmaiden of Frigga.
" You have called for me my lady ? " Sjofn asked politely.
" Yes, my dear. I believe that my husband has a few questions to ask you. " she explained.
" It would be my pleasure. " Sjofn responded pleasantly.
Odin glanced over at his wife suspiciously again before redirecting his attention back to Sjofn.
" Look at the viewer, please. And tell me, did my wife instruct you to make Heinrekr and Myrgjol fall in love with one another ? " he asked in much the same manner as a prosecutor tries to lead a witness in court.
Sjofn tried to remain calm, but her eyes widened with indignant rage.
" No, my Lord ! I would never do such a thing ! I only bring together those who have a passing attraction for each other, but who, through circumstances beyond there control never have a chance to fall in love. What you see here below is what some might call ' love at first sight '. I would never think of forcing a man and a woman together. " she replied as tears welled up in her eyes.
Odin could not help but see that his redirection of anger from his wife to Sjofn had hurt the Goddess of Love deeply, and he immediately regretted accusing her. The All-Father's expression immediately softened as he once again addressed the Goddess.
" Forgive me, my dear. I did not mean to place into question your integrity. I am merely trying to find the best way to handle what could become a dire situation. For these two lovers, by my own edict, need to be somehow given permission to marry, despite the fact that the people of their separate kingdoms hate each other, and their father kings are currently at war with one another. " he responded in a much kinder tone.
Sjofn's smile reappeared almost immediately. It was rare for the All-Father to apologize, and she accepted it graciously.
" My Lord ! If anyone can find a solution to such a complex problem I am certain that you can, great one. For your wisdom and knowledge is unsurpassed in the nine worlds. " she told him with a gentle bow of her head.
Odin took a deep breath and stroked his beard several times before thanking the Goddess of Love for clearing up the matter at hand. As she turned to leave Odin called out to her.
" If you would be so kind as to ask Lofn to come here, I would be most grateful to you. " he told her in the form of a request.
Sjofn turned and nodded.
" It would be my honor, Great One. " she replied with a smile.
It took all of Frigga's willpower to hide her sly grin. No, it had not been Sjofn who had brought the Midgardian couple together. It was she who had made Myrgjol go bathing in the River Slyan, and she had given Heinrekr the hunting dream, and the impetus to peek at the maiden. The rest of course was human nature and did not need a push from a Goddess, or anyone for that matter. Love was stronger than any Aesir's persuasion, or even any form of magic. And although Freyja had once told her that the fertility God's seidr could make humans fall in love, she did not really believe that it could. But then again the Vanir were a strange lot that the All-Mother did not fully understand.
" You are wise indeed to bring Lofn into such a dire situation as this. For it is beneath your status as Lord of Asgard to dabble in affairs of the heart. And only Lofn is truly skilled with bringing those together whose love is forbidden. " she told her husband with grin.
Odin stared deeply into his wife's eyes for the deceit that he was sure lurked behind her sky blue irises. Once again, however, he saw nothing. After a few moments of reflection he responded.
" Yes ! I will allow Lofn to heal old wounds, and bring together those who are destined to be together. " he stated with a touch of bitterness.
After a momentary pause Odin added to his statement.
" But I will continue to watch this situation very, very closely ! " he warned his wife.
- End Chapter 5
- Next : Chapter 6 : Gentle Lofn
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