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The Wiles and Trials of Útgarğaloki-Fjalarr

Part One: The Encounter



South from the great İsetr, the flaming land of Útgarğr lied.

Without his famed chariot, Ökuşórr journeyed there with his friends.

The Élivágar is their famous path, and ashore their river-ride ends.

Şjalfi, the son of Egill, then notes the shortage of their supplies.



In the darkness of night, a massive structure loomed into their view.

The doorway was the size of the entire building, and five hallways were inside.

After settling for the night, the earth shook, as if the ground a blade did hew.

Frightened, the group took the middle hallway for shelter, but Ásaşórr did not hide.



The morning sun rose, and the party soon found a man taller than a fir.

Being awakened, the man rose quickly, mildly startling the mighty Ásaşórr.

Regaining his wits, Óğinn's son asked the man's name, which was told to be Skrımir.

The man needed not ask for the Ásagoğ's name, for he'd heard tales of him before.



The sly Skrımir asked for his glove, which lied behind Şórr and his allies.

It was the hall the group had slept in during the night, much to their surprise!

After eating breakfast, the cunning man advised them to pool their supplies.

Doing so, they travelled for the day, Skrımir taking large strides with thunderous thighs.



Evening came, and the group made camp underneath a tall, ancient oak tree.

Skrımir advised the four to eat their dinner, which was inside his giant food sack.

But no matter how hard he tried, Şórr could not budge a single knot, nor set the strings free.

So then the mighty one grew cross, and hit the massive Skrımir on his head with a whack.



"Did a leaf fall on my head?" the clever one asked, seemingly with an impervious hull.

Confused and frightened, the company retired under the oak, their night passing fearfully.

During this night, Ásaşórr rose, and swung at the midpoint of Skrımir's gigantic skull.

"Did an acorn fall from the tree?" the cunning man asked, joking with him playfully.



Resolving to strike a third time, the Ásagoğ waited patiently, until Skrımir slept once more.

Raising Mjöllnir high, he buried the hammer up to the shaft into his temple, his aim surely true.

"Have birds dropped twigs on me?" the crafty Skrımir asked as he rose, before speaking of the fiery land of yore.

"I am not a small man, but you will find many men larger still in Útgarğr, there are not only a few."



Advising against arrogance, Skrımir headed northward to the mountains, his schemes underway.

The path to Útgarğr winded to the east, and the company of friends made it there by midday.

The fortress they found was so high, one had to bend their neck back to see over the ramparts.

Failing to open the gate, Şórr squeezed through massive bars, after which Útgarğaloki's fun starts.
This is inspired greatly on one of the more famous and clever of the Old Norse stories. There will be *FIVE* different parts to this poetic series, mainly due to me wanting to do the story as much justice as I can. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy writing it! (Rhyming so much is pretty hard, phew...)

Many details are taken from and re-written by me, from the Asatru Edda, which is an absolutely beautiful book. I do not do this for profit, but more for my love for these stories and people.
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Iglybo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Nicely done ^^
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!  Rhyming and poetry found me a few years ago and haven't let go of me yet.  xD
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Iglybo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
I used to write poetry years ago but lost them all now ^^
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, well damn.  =o
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Iglybo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Hehe sorry ^^
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No worries, lol.  ;)
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Iglybo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
I wrote them when I was like 13 XD
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, but I'm sure they were still alright, haha!
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Nine-Roses Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! ^.^ The diction is great and I loved the dialogue you worked into this! :D
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you loads! :) There are going to be 4 more parts so I can do justice to this tale.
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Odins-Gift Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
A fine retelling of the myth! I'm looking forward to read the following parts :-).
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you kindly! :) It can be dreadfully hard to keep rhyming so much!
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Odins-Gift Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Indeed! You're telling me... ;-)
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Rhyming Old Norse terms with regular English can be quite a challenge, since I stubbornly refuse to use Anglicized names. :aww:
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Odins-Gift Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
I can imagine. I don't even TRY anymore to find a rhyme for Odin. Well, he's unique anyway...
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He is very unique indeed!
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