The Abduction Of Thrudr
As Hrungnir tended to his wound he formulated a plan in his head. He knew he could not ride to Asgard and demand ransom for Thrudr. Thor would simply kill him, and retrieve his daughter from his hall. No ! He would have to deliver a message to Thor' s hall anonymously, and set up a location where the gold could be dropped off for her return. When Hrungnir finished bandaging his leg he grabbed a slab of sandstone, and began to chisel a carefully worded message onto its surface.
If you want your daughter returned
bring one cart filled to the top with
gold to the cave at the half frozen
lake on the Jotunheim- Midgard
border. Any tricks and I will send
your daughter to Helheim.
" That should be enough to convince the God of Thunder that I mean business ! " Hrungnir said to himself as he wiped the loose sand off of his message.
To deliver his message, Hrungnir summoned his Dwarf friend Bofur. A Jotun traveling to Asgard would have little chance of making it to Thor's great hall, but few, if anyone, would think twice about a Dwarf visiting the golden realm. Dwarfs were great craftsmen and blacksmiths, and were always being recruited to make something for the Gods. A few Dwarfs even worked in Asgard all the time in the God's smith shops, and lived on the premises. Yes, Bofur could move easily through Asgard without hardly a notice !
When Bofur arrived Hrungnir told him of his plan. At first Bofur was reluctant, but Hrungnir was very persuasive and finally the little Dwarf agreed. Hrungnir told Bofur he was not to deliver the message directly to Thor. Instead he was to leave the message at the hammer wielder's front door. The Jotun made it clear to the Dwarf that no one was to be told who gave him the message. Bofur had no great love for Thor, or any of the Aesir for that matter. His friend Lit had recently been killed by Thor at Balder's funeral, and the Dwarf had held a grudge ever since. Hrungnir knew of Bofur' s anger which is why he wisely chose this dwarf as his messenger.
After Bofur left, Hrungnir filled a small bowl with stew, and brought it into the Goddess. Thrudr was asleep so the Jotun set the bowl on a side table next to the bed, and leaned over and gently shook the young Goddess. As she slowly woke, she began to pull on the ropes that bound her to the bed posts. Hrungnir laughed when he saw her struggling to free herself. " Save your strength little one. You cannot loosen the knots that I have tied ! " he told her proudly. " Why have you kidnapped me and brought me here ! " Thrudr demanded. " You, my dear, are going to make me the wealthiest Giant in all of Jotunheim ! " Hrungnir told her with a laugh. " And how am I going to make you rich my ugly friend ? " Thrudr asked. " That is simple my dear. I am going to see how much your life is worth to your father and grandfather. How much they are willing to pay is how rich I will become ! " he told the Goddess with a sly grin. " My father will hunt you down and kill you ! You must know that to be true ! " Thrudr told the Jotun. " Thor will never know who abducted his daughter, and after I receive the ransom I will move so deep into Jotunheim that not even Odin from his magical high seat will be able to find me ! " he told his captive sternly.
Hrungnir and Thrudr stared at each other for a moment waiting for the other to speak. Finally Thrudr spoke up : " When Thrym took my father's hammer the Jotun did not think that my father could do anything to get Mjolnir back, but my father, with Loki' s help, disguised himself as Freyja in a wedding dress, and went to marry the Jotun. When the groom Thrym placed the hammer on his new bride's lap, Thor grabbed hold of it, and killed every Jotun at the the wedding ! " she told Hrungnir proudly. Hrungnir frowned at the little Goddess. " Your father is a very strange God, little one ! " he told her. " Thor can dress up anyway he wishes my dear, but he will never catch me ! " he added.
Hrungnir pointed over to the side table. " Now if you want to eat my stew I will untie one of your arms little one. " he explained to his captive. Thrudr wanted to spit in his face, but she was very hungry, and the stew smelled really good ! She also knew that if she had any chance of escaping she would need all of her strength to do so. " Yes, I would like to have something to eat. " she told him. Hrungnir slowly untied her right arm. After he had released her arm from its bond Hrungnir gently rubbed her wrist to get the blood to flow again. Thrudr was surprised at how gentle the Giant could be. The Jotun handed her a stone spoon, and held the bowl as the Goddess ate. The Jotun laughed when she finished and asked if she could have a second helping. " You do take after your father little one ! You have the ravenous appetite of a dragon ! " he told her as he refilled the bowl .
End Chapter 2
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2014.
Next Chapter 3 : The Messenger