Bera and Bodvar now went to see the king. They showed him the ring that they had retrieved from under the beast, and explained that it was Bjorn's . The king recognized the ring, and now knew that his wife, the queen, was responsible for his son's death. Bodvar said that the queen must die for her crimes, but King Hring tried to offer him compensation. Bodvar's fury, however, convinced the king that no amount of gold would compensate Bodvar, or his mother. Bodvar went into the queen's chamber, put a leather bag over her head , and pulled it tight. He then beat her to death as he dragged her through the streets.
Bodvar then went to his father's cave, and saw that only one weapon remained encased in stone. It was a beautiful long sword, and it came out of the rock easily when Bodvar pulled on it. This sword had two unusual qualities. First it could not be drawn without causing the death of a man, and second, it could only be drawn three times in the lifetime of the owner. Bodvar then set out to find his brothers.
When a hooded Bodvar came to Elk - Frodi's hall he led his horse to the stable. As Frodi approached the hooded man he could not believe the audacity that this interloper had in putting his horse in the king's stable without permission. Frodi drew his sword, and threatened the mysterious man several times, before the two became entangled with each other. It was then that Bodvar removed his hood to reveal his true identity. Frodi greeted his brother warmly, and asked Bodvar to remain, offering him half of his wealth. Bodvar respectfully declined. Frodi then told Bodvar that he should go to King Hrolf because Hrolf was generous as well as courageous. Frodi gave blood from his own calf that gave Bodvar even greater strength. Frodi then stamped his hoof print in solid rock and said, " I will come to this hoofprint everyday. If it is filled with dirt I will know you died from sickness, water if you have drowned, blood if you perished by weapons. If the latter I will avenge you. "
Bodvar then left Elk - Frodi and went to see his other brother, King Thorir Hound's Foot. He was not however at home. By a strange twist of fate he looked exactly like Thorir, and was placed on the high - seat, and was allowed to go to bed with the queen. Bodvar told the queen everything, and stayed above the covers. When Thorir came home they had a joyous reunion, and a good laugh over his identity switch. Thorir asked him to stay, offering half of all that he owned, but once again Bodvar refused. He told his brother that he was off to join King Hrolf.
When Bodvar arrived at King Hrolf's stables he met a young man named Hott. Bodvar had been asked by an old woman whose house he had stayed at along the way to protect Hott. She had told him that Hott was a servant to the king's men and that they threw bones at him causing injuries. Bodvar led Hott into the king's dining hall, and stood right beside Hott. When a large bone was thrown at Hott he reached up and grabbed it. He then threw it back with all his might killing the thrower. The king's men were horrified, and King Hrolf was summoned. When Bodvar came before King Hrolf, the king asked Bodvar if he would not like to join his men. Bodvar replied that he would only join them if Hott was allowed to join also. The king, surprised by Bodvar's audacity, agreed.
Around Yule time the king's men became very sullen and lethargic. Bodvar asked Hott why this was, and was told that at this time of the year a beast with great flying wings comes and causes damage to the livestock. No weapon can defeat it Hott declared! Hott went on to say that he believed it to be the greatest of Trolls. The king forbade any of his men to go out after the beast, but Bodvar stole away with Hott to do battle with the creature. When Bodvar saw the great beast he fearlessly went after it. He pulled out his magic sword, and struck out at the beast, thrusting the blade deep within its heart killing it. He then took some of its blood, and made Hott drink it. Hott became a very strong warrior from that day on, and never again feared the king's men. On the contrary, they now feared him ! Bodvar also made it look as if it had been Hott who had killed the monster instead of him. King Hrolf decreed that from that moment on Hott would be known as Hjalti for his great victory over the beast. Hjalti was now a very respected warrior as well !
Next : Hrolf Kraki : Part 5 : King Hrolf and his champions meet the farmer Hrani ( Odin ) and are tested.
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !