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~ Heathen Stories and New Myths ~


Gullfaxi's Brave Rider

Taking the reins of Gullfaxi,
And then turning and smiling at his Grandfather's dismay,
Magni leaped upon Gullfaxi
And then galloped away.

As if to prove a point,
By showing his father
That he meant what he said,
When he lifted Hrungnir's leg off his father,
Magni went out hunting for giants to slay.

Days later Magni was walking Gullfaxi along a cliff,
He began to hear noise below,
Tying up his steed,
Magni laid down near the edge of the cliff,
To peek at what was below.

Below, Magni saw
A giant stocking up his fire,
The giant was preparing to cook
Some fish he had caught.

Picking up a few stones,
Magni then took aim and let them fly
On the giant below.

At first the giant just brushed them off,
Not thinking anything was wrong,
Magni threw more rocks,
Then the giant became concerned,
And looked up at the cliff's rim.

Finally having enough,
The giant stood up,
Hey! Who keeps throwing rocks down on me?,
Complained the annoyed giant,
Show yourself if you are brave enough,
If you are not a coward.

Magni then stood up,
And showing himself to the giant below,
I am the son of Thor,
I am Magni the Strong.

Why are you trying to cause trouble? Asked the giant,
I am trying to cook my breakfast, said the giant,
What is that you want with me, little man? Asked the giant,
I am out hunting giants, said Magni,
And I bet I can take you out with just my fist, boasted Magni.

The giant then roared in laughter,
A small puny thing like you,
Take me out, ha, ha,ha, said the giant,
I think you could not hurt a fly, said the giant laughing.

Magni did not let the giant
Get away with his insults,
Steeling himself,
Magni jumped.

And before the giant knew what hit him,
Magni knocked the giant out cold,
Without wasting time,
Magni broke the giant's neck.

During that summer season,
Magni and Gullfaxi
Came upon many giants
That met their fates.

It was late one autumn night
That Magni returned to Bilskirnir,
His father greeted him warmly,
Saying, what a fine man you have become.

© Robert Etter

Author of "A Devotional: Honoring Thor and Family" and "Thor, Midgard's Veurr, and the Fylgja",
Both together in one book:
Thor, God Of The Common Man

Image: "Gutt på hvit hest ("Boy on white horse")",
Theodor Severin Kittelsen (1857-1914), Norwegian artist.

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