Odin' s Revenge
Kvasir The Wise
Odin looked away from the fire and gazed up at the sky as Sunna made her way over the horizon, and dusk fell over the Midgardian world. As Odin stood his great spear became a sword, and the Lord of Asgard slowly transformed his shape once again. The All- Father placed his shining blade into its scabbard that hung at his waist, and laughed. Drifa would never come to him while he was in the form of a God, but Odin was certain that the snow maiden would be more than willing to meet with her human lover Lambi.
Odin walked out of the forest and into the clearing. In an exact imitation of Lambi' s voice Odin shouted : " Drifa ! Drifa ! Where are you my love ? " At first Odin received no response to his call, but then slowly from off in the distance, he heard a wind begin to blow through the forest in his direction. A few moments later a gentle snow began to fall at the edge of the clearing. As the snowflakes began to accumulate they took on the shape of a beautiful snow maiden.
Odin, in Lambi disguise, walked towards her and raised his arms to embrace her. As she hugged Lambi tightly she whispered in his ear: " I am always glad to see you my love, but why have you called me back so soon ? " she asked her human lover. The false Lambi kissed her on the cheek, and in turn whispered in her ear : " You took something very dear from me, and now you are going to pay for your indiscretions ! " Odin told her in his own voice.
The image of Lambi began to distort, much the way a reflection in a pond does when ripples appear on its surface. When the image before her became clear once again Drifa saw that she was caught in the clutches of none other than the All- father himself. She screamed as she struggled desperately in his tight grip. When the snow maiden realized that her efforts were futile she closed her eyes and let her body go limp. In an explosion of wind Drifa turned herself back into snowflakes, which rose up and blew away from her captor.
Odin grasped desperately at the individual flakes, but to no avail. There were far too many, and they were flying off in all directions. As the snow squall reentered the forest Odin cried out in his fury : " There is no where that you can hide ! I will find you snow maiden and you will pay for what you have done ! "
Odin had learned many millennium ago that anger was without purpose, and quickly calmed down. All - Father went back into the forest, poured himself another horn of ale, and contemplated his next move. " If only I had something to capture the individual flakes in ! " he told himself out loud. " A device that would not allow even the tiniest of her crystals to escape. That is what I require ! " he added. Odin stared into the flickering flames and became mesmerized by them. He allowed his mind to journey through his vast store of memories. Slowly, images began to appear before him in the dancing flames. Odin saw ashes in a fire. Watched as Kvasir determined their meaning, and made a strange device out of narrow cord. Suddenly, he saw Thor at the base of a falls capturing Loki, who had taken the shape of a fish, in Kvasir' s invention. Odin stroked his beard and smiled. " Tomorrow I will travel back to Asgard and see Kvasir. He will know how to make that device again so I can capture Drifa. " he said to himself. Odin then went deeper into his memories. " A net ! That is what Kvasir the wise called it ! " he shouted out loud.
It did not take Odin long to return to Asgard. The great wanderer had traveled the nine worlds for many millennium, and he knew the best and the quickest paths to each of the nine worlds. The All - Father was also very familiar with Kvasir, and his ways. He was certain that he would find the, " God's Token ", in the fields of Idavoll.
After the great Aesir - Vanir War ended each of the Gods from both Asgard and Vanaheim spit into a great cauldron a "peace token " as their pledge to forever maintain a peace between the old Gods and the new Gods. Later the Gods felt that this peace offering was too valuable to waste and formed it into a being, who they named Kvasir. He became a very wise God, and a wonderful teacher. The Gods sent him out to spread his wisdom throughout the nine worlds. For thousands of years he taught the Elves, Dwarves, and humans. Even the Jotuns were not immune to his great charm and knowledge. The great enemy of the Gods would sit and converse with Kvasir for an entire cycle of the moon to learn some of his great wisdom. Such was the power of Kvasir's teachings.
Kvasir had recently stopped his wanderings, and had for the past few seasons begun teaching the children of the Gods each day in the fields of Idavoll. And it was here, among the lush green grass, and beautiful flowers that were always in bloom, that Odin found his old friend hard at work.
Odin sat off in the distance and listened to Kvasir speak. His voice was as soothing as his words were wise. All - Father smiled when he saw the joy on the faces of the children who were gathered around their teacher. Odin thought to himself that as horrible as the Aesir - Vanir war had been two wonderful things came out of that epic conflict. First of course was the great friendship and alliance with the magical Vanir beings. The other was Kvasir ! Not only was he a monument to the peace that was forged between the Gods, but he also stood as a testament to what the Gods could create if they so desired.
Odin sat and watched patiently until he heard Kvasir tell the children that the day had grown late, and that it was now time to end the lesson, and for them to return to their families. As the children of the Gods went their separate ways, Odin rose up and called out to his old friend. " Kvasir ! Kvasir ! he shouted. " May I have a word with you my old friend ? " Odin asked with a smile. Kvasir turned, and as soon as he saw the All- Father he rushed over, and locked his hand over the forearm of his friend. " It is good to see you once again great Odin ! " Kvasir exclaimed with a huge grin. Odin grasped Kvasir' s forearm, and patted his old friend on the back. " And it is, as always, wonderful to see you Kvasir ! " he told him.
Kvasir' s grin turned into a frown when he saw the look in Odin's eye. " I sense that you have not come here merely to exchange felicitations and salutations my old friend. " he told Odin. Valfather stepped away from Kvasir. " Your power of perception is as well developed as is your great wisdom old friend . I need your help Kvasir ! " he told the wise one. Kvasir nodded. " Then let us not waste our time on trivialities. Tell me what it is that vexes the greatest of Gods. " Kvasir told Odin.
Odin explained everything that had transpired from the beginning right up to the moment that Drifa had escaped his grasp. Kvasir, without Odin mentioning the device he hoped to use to capture Drifa, interrupted the All- Father. " What you need my old friend is something similar in make to what we captured Loki in when he took the form of a fish. " he told his old friend. Kvasir thought for a moment. " However, it would have to be woven much tighter than the net we used in that instance. " Kvasir said stroking his chin in deep thought.
Odin' s eye widened. " Can you make such a device ? " he asked with a hint of excitement in his voice. Kvasir smiled. " No ! But I know others who can ! " he told Odin. Odin's hopes were instantly raised. " Who is it that can weave such a complex contraption ! " he asked. Kvasir nodded as he answered. " Tomorrow we will travel to the land of the Dwarves. " Kvasir then laughed. " But tonight we will drink my old friend ! " Odin clasped Kvasir's hand. " Thank You ! " All - Father told him emphatically.
- End Chapter 4
- Next : Chapter 5 : Fjalar And Galar
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.