I nestled into my covers on this cloudy afternoon, closed my eyes and drifted
Away to the lull of rolling thunder over the lake, the susurration of rain and wind
Against the skylight. Into my dreams strode twelve Valkyrie, each with a fallen
Warrior in her arms, bound for Valhalla at Odin’s behest. I craned my neck, stood on
Tipped toes, but could not see the faces of the dead. Worry not, rumbled a distant
voice. None of these corpses belong to your time. They will stride the great halls with
All-Father and dine at his table. Chastened, I shrank from my curiosity and shadowed
Mythic maidens, head bowed, hands extended in supplication. “Grant me entry,”
I implored. “A glimpse would suffice.” An answering reverberation threw me to my
Knees. Paltry human! You beg at great peril to your own welfare. Leave this path and
Entreat us no more. Standing, I turned my back to the great guarding doors of Valhöl
Only to meet a spirit of such fierce beauty that I sank again in awe and obeisance.
A voice of compassionate strength filled my soul, as Freya lifted my head.
Child, you have shown great courage. Worthy are you to enter the great hall. Prepare yourself mentally to open the gates.
With all my heart I leaned into the task, only to awaken to a bright flash of
Lightning and the immediate clap of gut wrenching thunder. Valhalla must wait
For another day. Oh, but for a glimpse, a taste. “Odin eier dere alle!”
Lately I’ve been re-obsessed with Norse mythology. As a child I read every bit of Greek and Roman mythology I could get my hands on, and that reading led me into the Norse myths. I especially enjoy the creation myths and the stories surrounding the afterlife.
Studly Doright and I have been binge watching The History Channel series, Vikings, and apparently the episodes are bleeding over into my dreams. I’m not complaining.