Surtr : The Great Fire Giant
In The Beginning....
There was no sand,
nor sea, or cooling waves,
Earth was unknown,
and the heaven above,
only Ginnungagap was....
Many eons before Midgard, Asgard, and the other worlds were created, there was nothing but the emptiness of a dark and cold universe. The first world to exist was Muspelheim. This unique realm was formed out of an explosion of energy in the southern hemisphere, and unlike the cold universe, it became a world that was bright, and very hot. This world, also known as Muspell, flames and burns with volcanoes, bubbling mud pits, and hot geysers, fueled by the constant tectonic activity deep within its central core. Muspelheim's atmosphere was filled with sulfuric acid, and hot cinders fell from the blood red skies like rain from a heavy storm cloud .
This fiery realm remained uninhabited for many millennium until slowly, over time, where the flow of heat and the static cold met, the first stirring of life was formed out of the frost that melted and dripped under the unrelenting pressure of Muspelheim' s great warmth. Then by the might of that intense heat a form appeared in the drops of running water. From this primordial soup grew a Jotun, the very first being in the nine worlds, and he was named Ymir.
Slowly, over a very long time, the descendants of Ymir settled in this inhospitable land and adapted to its harsh conditions. These early pioneers were called the Eldjotnar, though they would later be known simply as The Fire Giants ! After these Fire Giants became settled, a massive volcano poured out a river of lava, which formed a flowing liquid barrier that did not allow further incursions into their fiery realm. This volcano continued to spew forth lava for a millennium before it finally became dormant, and the river cooled and hardened.
At first these Fire Giants, who were accustomed to the harsh conditions of Muspelheim, were left alone in peace because those who did not belong could not long endure the intense heat of the land that flames and burns. This " peace " did not last long, however, as more and more Frost Giants began to flee Jotunheim to seek asylum in Muspelheim. This was due to the many conflicts the Frost Giants were having with the Aesir, during what became known as The Frost Giant Wars. Many of these cold adapted Jotuns saw the torturous heat of Muspelheim as a preferable living place rather than staying in Jotunheim to face the Aesir, and the constant wrath of the God known as Thor.
As with most places in the universe, where the indigenous peoples see an influx of foreigners, conflict became inevitable. The Fire Giants fought for their right to live in a culture they had themselves established long ago, while the invading Frost Giants sought to carve out their own society within the midst of Muspell. The conflicts were at first minor. A skirmish here, or a small local battle there, but nothing very large or intense. Eventually, however, both sides became better organized, and the battle lines were drawn near the border between the two worlds.
The Fire Giants should have been able to easily defeat these intruders, but they were fractured into two separate factions, both trying to assert their power and domination over Muspelheim. The Northern forces were lead by a Fire Giant named Eldur, while the Southern forces were commanded by an Eldjotnar called Sindr. These two fierce warriors met time after time on the field of battle with neither being able to claim total victory.
It looked to all as if this internal conflict would go on forever, and that its splintering effect would allow the Frost Giants to remain in Muspelheim. Then one day, under the towering shadow of a dormant volcano called Logifjell, Sindr defeated Eldur, and forced what remained of his Northern army to retreat up into the rough mountainous region of the far North.
It was in this place, in a land that was almost inhospitable even for Fire Giants, that Eldur settled down with what was left of his army. Among the belching volcanoes, and constant earthquakes, Eldur set up his home and met a Giantess named Brenna. Together these two Fire Giants brought forth into the fiery realm of Muspelheim a child who would change the entire course of history in Muspelheim. They proudly named their son Surtr, and his name, and his name alone, would one day become synonymous with Muspelheim !
- End Chapter 1
- Next : Chapter 2 : The Rebels
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.