Forbidden Love :
A Story Of The Goddess Lofn
Despite this new found friendship, forged through alliance, there was still a great uneasiness that hung over the wedding like a dark cloud which might rain blood down upon the happy ceremony at any moment. This prospect for violence forced the kings of both kingdoms to have all weapons confiscated from their folk before they entered the meadow. This disarming only added to the strangeness of the moment when old enemies faced each other for the first time, not in battle, but on a field of peace.
This odd situation was made easier for all by the friendliness that King Harjulf and King Vifinnr showed towards one another, and their new in-laws. It was difficult for the folk from both kingdoms to act on old hatreds when their leaders had obviously left the past behind, and were now looking ahead to a bright and peaceful future. To watch the kings drinking and playing games together you would have thought them to have been life long friends.
Queen Helga of Herjardalr and Queen Jorunna of Jamtaland, however, were writing a different story this day. Neither thought that the other's child was good enough for their family, and both did not like the fact that their husbands had left them completely out of the process of forming this alliance of blood relations !
The two new in-laws were further annoyed when each tired to outdo the other in the planning and execution of the hand-fasting ceremony. Right from the outset both queens did everything in their power to make themselves look better than the other in the eyes of their folk. Everything from decorations, and food, all the way down to the style of dresses and jewelry that they wore on this day was meant to raise the one above the other. Both failed miserably in their cause because the day belonged to their children. In time, after the birth of their many grandchildren, both learned to love their children, and grandchildren, and eventually to tolerate each other.
With all the tension hovering over the wedding feast, and the drinking and pageantry, no one noticed the three uninvited guests who walked among them. Two were an older couple named Grimnir and Frija. Another was introduced to strangers as their daughter Lofn. Each of these Gods in disguise had come not to gloat over their obvious success, but merely to wish the mortal couple a good start to their life together.
Odin was well satisfied that the war, despite not being the one he would have hoped for, was as exciting and filled with intrigue as any other that he had been involved with over the many years. While Frigga was simply delighted to have once again beaten her husband at his own game.
Lofn, however, had not ulterior motive for what she had accomplished. Her charge, which of course came from the All-Father himself, was to get permission from the parents of the warring kingdoms to allow their children to marry. Her joy, and deep sense of satisfaction, came when the loving couple's hands were bound together, and the rings were exchanged. Lofn could not help but be well pleased with the outcome as she observed Odin and Frigga holding hands. And with a little grin she thought to herself that this time everyone had won !
- The End
- Next : Story No. 83 : When Magic Ruled The Worlds
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2019.