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The Wiles and Trials of tgaraloki-Fjalarr

Part One: The Encounter



South from the great setr, the flaming land of tgarr lied.

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

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

jalfi, 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 sarr 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 sarr.

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

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



The sly Skrmir asked for his glove, which lied behind rr 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, Skrmir taking large strides with thunderous thighs.



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

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

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

So then the mighty one grew cross, and hit the massive Skrmir 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, sarr rose, and swung at the midpoint of Skrmir'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 sago waited patiently, until Skrmir slept once more.

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

"Have birds dropped twigs on me?" the crafty Skrmir 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 tgarr, there are not only a few."



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

The path to tgarr 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, rr squeezed through massive bars, after which tgaraloki'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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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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