Thor

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Born of a meeting between Earth and Sky,
Mother Jörð and Alföðr Óðinn,
Thunderer Þórr, Jötun Slayer,
Lightning Wielder, Relentless red-headed warrior.

Wheat-haired Sif husband,
One-eyed Wotan son,
Valkrie Þrúðr father,
Beloved Baldr brother.

With Mjölnir mountain-crusher,
Dvergr forged lightening-hammer,
Iron glove wielded stubby handled serpent slayer.

Stand at the end of the world,
Stopping Midgard strangling sea serpent,
Jörmungandr Ragnarök-starter
Hel-brother, Loki-son,
With your next to last breath.

No mythical Goldilocks Hemsworth
Shakespeare-speaking superhero.
Authentic mythological goat-cart riding
Hallowing, mankind protecting,
Three-quarter Jötnar champion of Asgard:
þunraz Thunderer.

11/18/16

Pronunciation of names:
ð = th in “father”
Þ = th in “thick”
Jörð = Yorth
Alföðr Óðinn = Alfother Othin
Þórr = Thor
Jötun = Yote-un
Þrúðr = Thru-thar
Baldr = Bal-dar
Mjölnir = Mee-oll-near
Dvergr = D-verg-ar (dwarves)
Jörmungandr = Yore-moon-gand-ar
Ragnarök = Rag-na-rock
Jötnar = Yote-nar
þunraz = Thun-raz

Inspired by The Daily Post‘s Daily Prompt:Mythical

Image: Thor’s Fight with the Giants by Mårten Eskil Winge, 1872

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Ragnarök

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Three cocks crow, echoing from
Asgard, Jötunheimr, and Hel.
Yggdrasil shudders its ashen roots,
The world worm writhes in anticipation
Drowning the shores of humankind.

Shadows fall over Midgard,
The sun shines black.
Men’s blood stains brothers’ swords,
Skulls cleaved by uncles axes,
No mercy shown, none received.
Death is all we know.

Heimdall’s horn sounds the alarm
From the guardhouse on Bifröst Bridge.
One-eyed warrior Woden calls a war council,
Consulting wise Mimir’s head.
Ready for the battle he’s prepared for
His entire life.

Naglfar, the ship built from the toenails and fingernails
Of ten thousand dead men, sets sail the seas of fate,
Chaos as cargo, Loki stands at the wheel.
Surt and kin march out of Muspelheim single-file
To hide their numbers.

Æsir murmur amongst themselves,
Dwarves stand in stone doorways groaning,
Ælfar are nowhere to be seen.

Fenrir breaks his chains and
Swallows the Alföðr whole,
Þórr slays the mighty Midgard worm
Nine feet from his own death.

Blood soaked sun sets in the west,
Stars fall from the sky,
Ocean overtakes dry land,
As history comes to an end.

But, the Seeress sings,
Midgard will rise above the waves,
Brave Baldar will breathe again,
As the sun shines on the golden game pieces
That the gods played with in days gone by.

11/2-11/6/16

Notes:
Æsir = Eye-sear
Ælfar = Aisle-far (Elves)
Alföðr = Al-father
Bifröst = Bye-frost
Heimdall = Haym-dahl
Jötunheimr = Yo-ton-haym
Muspelheim = Moo-spell-haym
Ragnarök = Rag-na-rock
Þórr = Thor
Yggdrasil = Eeg-drass-ill

Illustration is “Battle of the Doomed Gods” by Friedrich Wilhelm Heine (1882). Found on Norse Mythology for Smart People

Ask and Embla

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Carved by Dwarvish craftsman
From ash-wood of Oðinn’s gallows–

Yggdrasil , heart of the Nine Worlds,
Rooted in the deeps of the Earth,
Tended by the Weavers:
Was, Is and Will-be (Twined together in Destiny),
Watered from the weird well of Fate.
Top branches brushing Bifröst Bridge,
Tickling Heimdell’s feet on the front porch of the Æsir–

Gifted by the gods; made whole:
From Oðinn, Hœnir, and Lóðurr
Intellect, Self-Awareness and Sight
(Lóðurr lent them his good looks, to be nice)

A million generations removed,
When Ragnarök has Asgard burned;
Midgard is frozen like a tomb,
Granddaughter Líf and her lover,
Cling to life under the Gallows,
Seeking shelter and hope.

10/21-10/22/16

Pronunciation key for the ancient Norse names in the poem:
Oðinn = O-thin
Bifröst = Bye-frost
Yggdrasil = Eeg-drass-ill
Hœnir = Hoy-near
Lóðurr = Low-Thur
Ragnarök = Rag-na-rock
Líf = Leaf

Inspired by the Daily Post‘s daily prompt: Millions