Beowulf: The Midgard Horrors Part 4

This week’s flash fiction is a brief continuation of the prequel to Beowulf: the Midgard Epic. Next week’s entry will be longer.


Below the waters magic swelled

And Gandolina’s mirth compelled

An open portal to appear.

The serpent and the wargs drew near

As through the gateway evil strolled;

An entity to be extolled.

The caverns where the sons of Cain

Removed themselves from earthly gain

Became a haven for the queen

Of wickedness and the obscene.

The spirit, Alva Dagmar, came-

A dragon deity whose name

Incited fear and brought respect.

The other creatures could detect

Extensive power in the room.

A force of evil spelling doom

For any being swift or slow,

Should Alva Dagmar deem it so,

The goddess of the dragon kin

Expressed approval in a grin.

The woman Gandolina changed

Into a monster, wild, deranged,

Became the focus as she knelt

Before the queen, whose presence felt

Unto the caverns deep below

The lands of Midgard where the show

Of evil nature had begun.

The landscape thrived without the sun

And horrid creatures came and went,

Amassing power used and spent

Upon the mortal world above.

Devoid of light and without love

So many creatures birthed in fright

Escaped unto the soil to bite.


The other siblings came as well

To gaze upon the wicked spell

That Gandolina used to bring

The deity who claimed no king.

“My sisters, see who I have called-

Our lorded mistress here, enthralled

By what I have done on my own.

I wrought a mortal’s skin and bone

Into the shape of what you see.

A blessing from our deity

Is now upon us like a storm.

It seems that I can shape and form

These fragile humans as I wish.

Perhaps a frog, or like a fish?

It makes no difference either way.

An army of such beasts at bay

And we can overrun the world!”

As Gandolina’s plan unfurled

A bit of envy broke within

Her brother who had just walked in

With Grundel, taking Grendel’s hand.

He bowed before who graced their land.

The kin of Cain all gazed in awe

At everything they came and saw.









Author: JamesMatthewByers

James Matthew Byers resides in Odenville, Alabama. He has been published in poetry journals and through Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL, where he received his Master's in 2010. His epic poem, Beowulf: The Midgard Epic, is out from by Stitched Smile Publications, LLC. Mr. Byers is published in numerous magazines, anthologies, and eZines. He has also won numerous poetry contests for the Alabama State Poetry Society.

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