308. Aslaug ( Kráka )
She was raised by great King Heimar after both of her parents were killed.
Because of her parents the king feared for her life, and always stayed at her side,
To protect her, Heimer had crafted a harp large enough in which she could hide.
One time the king traveled with Aslaug to Spangereid, at Lindesnes, in Norway,
There for one night, with the peasants Ake and Grima, did they decide to stay.
To steal his possessions the couple decided that King Heimer they would kill,
They schemed and they planned, and as Heimer slept his blood they did spill.
Grima convinced Ake that there was something of great value hidden in the harp,
So her husband broke open the musical instrument with a knife that was sharp.
As the couple looked into the dark compartment all they saw was a blonde curl,
Under further inspection they discovered hidden inside was a very young girl.
The peasant couple brought the scared little girl over closer to the light of the fire,
Ake and Grima were amazed by her beauty, which they both could not help but admire.
They had to decide what to do with the pretty little child, now left afraid and all alone,
Grima smiled, named her Kráka, and added the young girl to their family as their own.
When Kráka was a young woman she was seen as she bathed herself in a forest lake,
They were Ragnar Lodbrok' s men and they burned the bread they were trying to bake.
Ragnar was angry, asked if they were negligent, or just doing something that was shady,
Lodbrok's men confessed that they were distracted from their work by the bathing lady.
Ragnar decided to meet this woman who had caused his brave warriors to have fits,
But first he would challenge her to see if she was worthy, wanted to check on her wits.
He ordered that this woman was to arrive in his camp neither dressed or undressed,
Lodbrok was very interested to see how she would accomplish this impossible test.
The skeptical Ragnar Lodbrok was very impressed on the day that they finally met,
For beautiful Kráka arrived in his camp wearing nothing more than a fisherman's net.
Ragnar immediately proposed to her marriage, but Kráka would not give her permission,
She told the great warrior that first he had to end what he started, and finish his mission.
Later Ragnar Lodbrok sailed in his dragon ship to Sweden over the cold blue water,
There the Swede Eysteinn Beli tried to persuade him instead to marry his daughter.
Birds warned Kráka, and she told Ragnar of her lineage, bore him Sigurd the snake eyed,
At Kráka' s behest her sons went to Sweden, and in a pool of blood Eysteinn Beli died.
Aslaug warned Ragnar not to sail to Britain, in her mind's eye saw the wreck of his fleet,
But her husband could not accept that his brave warriors would ever meet with defeat.
As it turned out Ragnar Lodbrok should have stayed in Norway, if only for Aslaug's sake,
For in Britain he was captured and imprisoned, and died by the bite of a venomous snake.
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.