The Rune Stone
" The Midgardians Have Forgotten Us ! "
Thor, like many of the Gods, missed the long past ' Golden Age ' when Odin's human children honored them with rituals and sacrifice. No longer were the Norse skalds singing their praise in the form of poetry, and many of the old tales of the Gods, heroes, and martyrs, from what the Midgardians called, ' The Viking Age ' , were being lost to the ravages of time. Almost no one from the new kingdoms carved runes upon stone, and painted them to honor their Gods or their ancestors. And if, and when they did, it was to honor the new God of the desert peoples, and his son the White Christ. To most Gods it was an unfortunate turn of fate, but to Thor, the God who had protected these human children of Odin for many millennium, it was especially hard to accept.
There was some progress being made in recouping the history of the Gods, martyrs, heroes, and the lost ancestral lineage of the Norse peoples. Thor and Sif often discussed how mortal scribes such as Snorri Sturlusson had, using earlier sources now lost to history, continued this tradition in the form of what, when combined, were called The Eddas. However well written these manuscripts were done, they were both tainted by Christianity, and were no longer accepted as the actual history of the Gods and heroes. They were, unfortunately, viewed merely as myths of a bygone era. And the Rune Stones that once glorified those stories were now curiosities to be studied by atheist archaeologists, who analyzed their meaning down to the last detail, but missed the glory of the faith of the very religion they honored.
If Thor had his way he would have driven his goat pulled golden cart over Bifrost to the world that now denied him. In a grand display of flashing lightning, and booming thunder, he would have proclaimed the return of the Gods of the Northern peoples. It was not his will that ruled Asgard, however, but Odin's. And by the All - Father's own decree the Gods were not allowed to interfere in the evolution, or the affairs of the Midgardians. For Odin had seen the great death and destruction that a Christian God could cause in a world of mortals. And he, the Lord of Asgard, would not be responsible for floods or plagues that killed his children there in the Northern lands.
Thor, not one to be easily dissuaded, thought that if the Midgardians could only see the glory of Asgard, the enchantment of Vanaheim, the mystery of Ljosalfheim, along with the dark fascination of Niflheim, Svartalfheim, and Muspelheim, they would turn away from the God of the desert peoples, and return to the Gods of the Germanic peoples.
" The Midgardians have forgotten us ! " Thor told his wife while at home in Thrudvangar.
Sif smiled at her husband, and tried to calm his anger by serving him another tasty wild boar.
" Yes, my dear. But what can we do ? Your father has made us take an oath never to become directly involved in human affairs ! " she replied as she sliced off a huge piece of meat for her husband.
Thor banged his fork upon the table as though it was his mighty hammer Mjolnir.
" Directly involved ! Father was wise to add that little way around the truth in the oath he forced us all to take ! " he said with a hint of disgust.
" Odin has used that ' provision ' in his edict quite often when he has visited Midgard in disguise. " she agreed.
Thor ripped a huge chunk of meat off in his mouth, and in between chewing he continued :
" In father's mind he did not interfere with King Hraudung's legacy. But in that instance Frigga, along with Fulla, had a part in the death of King Geirrod ! " he said angrily.
Sif laughed when she remembered the story.
" Yes ! When Frigga sent Fulla to warn King Geirrod of peril, ...and that it would come in the form of a magic man,... in disguise of course,... it caused a series of events that led to Geirrod being killed by Odin's will by ' falling ' on his own sword, and his younger son Agnar , who All - Father preferred, being placed on the throne of the Goths. " she replied.
Thor nearly choked on the boar meat as he tried to swallow and speak at the same time.
" The thought of Odin, in the guise of Grimnir, hanging over a fire being roasted by Geirrod , like this wild boar, still makes me laugh ! " he replied with a cough and a chuckle.
Thor quickly became angry again, and banged his fork hard upon the table making the plates jump up, and spilling the mead from the drinking horns.
" If only there was a way to make the Midgardians see that we do exist, and that we have never left them ! " he yelled angrily.
Sif gently reached out and placed her hand over the hand of her husband that had crashed so violently into the top of the table.
" And what if there was ? Would you be willing to risk the wrath of Odin to prove your point ? " she asked.
Thor tilted his head, and raised his eyebrows, at his wife's devious words.
" Most certainly ! " the Thunder God blurted out.
Sif grinned at her husband's eagerness.
" Then we need to journey to Folkvangar to visit Freyja at her great hall Sessrumnir. For it is she who holds the ' magical ' key to open the mind's of these Midgardians ! " she explained.
- End Chapter 1
- Next : Chapter 2 : " The Words Are The Magic ! "
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2017.