The Bear

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Photo copyrighted: J Hardy Carroll.

Your journeys may be long and dangerous Soini, but you should leave Akureyri. You may take all your tools. The Dawn Rider is a stout vessel, and her crew are fine sailors, you could not be in better hands. Go now my son and may the gods be with you.

One year later, busy carving a replacement head for the Viking vessel, Soini failed to notice that the crew had gone ashore. So when the polar bear climbed up and over the side of Dawn Rider, he expected members of the crew to take up axes and shields and kill it.

However by the time he had realised that he was alone, the bear was towering over him. So he drove his whittling knife upwards. With a roar of pain the bear struck out at him, sending Soini flying through the air.

Luck was with him that day; dazed he grabbed a axe and struck out. With the bears roar ringing in his ears, he repeatedly struck the bear. When the crew returned they found Soini holding the bears head aloft. Now Soini is known as Torben Scarface, the best carver of Heads. Be they dragons, humans or bears.


This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Iain Kelly

    Has the ring of a true Norse legend.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thanking you Iain. My original story was to be about a Victorian doll maker, but the story metamorphed into a Viking adventure!

  2. EagleAye

    Awesome. Now that’s the way to make sure Viking scalds (bards) sing songs about you. Love the action in this one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased that the scalds will sing songs. Thank you.

  3. Sarah Ann

    Such dramatic pictures. Soini is a Viking not to be messed with.

    1. Michael Humphris

      He would be the first to say that the gods were on his side. Thank you Sarah Ann.

  4. julespaige

    Names are indeed magical when bestowed for courageous deeds. 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      And songs will be sung, thank you julespaige.

  5. Sunday Fiction

    Excellent imagery Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      So pleased to read your comment, thank you.

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