Books, mythology, Philosophy

Fjalar and Galar…

*

Word of Kvasir’s wisdom

soon reached the ears of the dwarfs,

Fjalar and Galar.

*

Their interest turned to envy

and from envy to action

for they could not admire anything

without desiring it for themselves.

*

They invited Kvasir to feast with them

in a cave under the earth

and Kvasir accepted their invitation.

*

Fjalar and Galar’s table

was an elongated slab of uneven rock,

the floor was dirt, and the wall hangings

were dripping stalactites…

*

After the feast the dwarfs

asked Kvasir for a quiet word

and led him into a gloomy chamber.

*

Taking knives that they had hidden up their tunic sleeves

they repeatedly stabbed the wiseman’s breast

and drained his blood into two jars and a cauldron.

*

Kvasir’s heart soon stopped beating.

His wan body lay motionless on the ground.

 

 

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