Between Darkness and DawnDrip
.Darkness thick as binding pitch did little to stifle the ceaselessly damnable echoes in Loki's prison beneath the mountain. He tried to shut it out, dozing fitfully when he dared to close his eyes. Endless, the stream of poison dropped (drip
) into the bowl held above his head, a steady rain of vengeance....He'd liked the rain, once. He used to sit outside all afternoon some days watching the downpour, wondering what adventures Thor had gone off on, wishing he'd come along. But today
."Father?" Frightened and sleepy, Loki's youngest son padded over to him on cat-silent feet, folded himself into his lap."Narvi?" Loki was surprised; Sigyn had put the children to bed hours ago. "What is it?"The child buried his small face in his father's shoulder. "Th-the storm s-scares me."Loki almost laughed, but restrained himself.
The Runal Verses, Part TwoNauđizNeed is the greatest of all foesIt can weaken resolve, yet strengthen the soulIt is the duty of need to test and challengeIt is the duty of need to make us who we areNyðAll hardship in lifeWaxes and wanes like the moon;The drought comes, the cattle die off,The harvest flees and so does good help.NauðrTo toil until yesteryear,That is what will come of us;Until all is satisfied,The hole cannot be filled.IsazWinter has comeAnd lays out her precious jewels;Each plant is covered, decked in ice,And the sun admires her distant reflection.IsThe cold is like a wolf,Hungry and ever-present,And we pull our furs to our skinTo try and keep it away.IsaThe bane of the flesh,The biter with frosted teeth,All is captured in hardest whiteAnd Spring is far on the horizon.JēraSif has blessed usWe shall reap the plentyThe Earth gives us her approvalAs our scythes slice the stalks.GērWhether a harvest of the sea,Fish and eel bursting,Or a har
RefrainWatching the night and the bright burning starsHailing them though they're impossibly farWishing that you could be all that they areWhile I hold you close to my heart I love you, adore you, dear Trickster, my King You are my song, and you taught me to singBearing the weight your fate calls you to bearCarrying all of your worries and caresHiding behind all the masks that you wearWon't you rest, safely here, in my heart? You are my solace, you are my delight You lead me to dawn through the dark of the nightImagining life as you want it to beDreaming of living unfettered and freeHoping one day that you'll truly know meThough already you're here in my heart Hail to you, Loki! I raise high the horn You've watched over me since the day I was bornTrusting in one only seen in your mindBelievin