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Máni's course, plagued by Hati, streaks across the starry, night sky.

His glow touches the houses, Ymir's bones, and kisses burial mounds and runestones.

Legends tell that the dead have more power when Sól rests her glowing, beautiful head.

As such, a traveller rists and weaves rúnar, to hear the doom of his beloved son.



Drawn from the chilling land of death, an ancient seer awakens unwillingly.

"Answer me, völr, for you know all things then, now, and to come!" the man demands.

The wise woman groans, her death rattle audible with every labored breath.

"Your son will die, and Urđr will clasp him in her pale, Jötunn arms."



With a tired groan, she began to descend, but the Málrúnar beckoned her to stay.

"Völr, tell me more!  Who will kill my dear son, most beloved among all creation?"

Sighing, the pale shade glared at the tall man, whose long beard fell to his chest.

"His dear brother, ever full of emotion, will be tricked into launching the most dire arrow."



Again descending, the ancient crone was stopped another time, her patience at its end.

"Who will avenge this crime, for all of creation loves this child?"

Looking up toward Máni, the ghostly völr began to form a conclusion in her mind.

"An Álfr maid will bear a heroic child, who will grow in a day to slay the killer."



Nodding, the man willed the woman to stay one last time, the rúnar strained.

"Who are the maidens who weep at will, and cast their neck-veils to the sky?"

Gasping in her rasping, death-filled voice, the ghostly seeress laughed bitterly.

"As I thought, you are not a mere mortal, but actually Óđinn, lord of men!"



Nodding, the Ásaföđr began to carve the Málrúnar, but the völr shook her head.

"Farewell old fool, you should be happy now, for the future is truly grim."

Descending into the icy earth, the ghostly woman returned to the land of the dead.

Tormented with knowledge, Óđinn departed to Mímisbrunar, to make a sacrifice for more.
Submitted not only for my gallery, but also for :iconpoetic-clan:'s contest! This story is not only about the moon's power on the dead in Norse mythology, but also a retelling of a fairly nice story too.
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Army1-Red-Wolf7 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Both entrancing and chilling, the words play out a vivid scene for my mental eye to adorn! 
Bravo! And Encore! Clap 
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you kindly, dear friend!  These tales I retell are close to my heart and soul, so it makes me very happy that you enjoyed this one. :heart:

I have more of a similar nature to this, please browse anything you want. ;;v;;

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Army1-Red-Wolf7 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Gladly! :) 
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you want me to just link you a ton of things, I'd be humbled and happy to do so. :heart:
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Army1-Red-Wolf7 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Link anything at anytime, I'll always be happy to find time to get to them. Although I am in school right now, I will have to be absent for a few hours. However, I will return and read as many as my mind can handle! Meow :3 
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Army1-Red-Wolf7 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hug Thanks! I will read them asap! OMG! I can't contain my excitement! 
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:  I shall ever be grateful for your enthusiasm.
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Odins-Gift Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Wow. This one is really gripping and gets under the skin. It makes the lay come alive.
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am happy to find that it does! I love the stories and tales like a mother bear loves her cubs, as weird as that may sound.
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