Origin of the Tooth Faery

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Origin of the Tooth Faery

Post by John T Mainer on Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:50 am

Tooth Gift of Frey

In the days
after the most terrible war between the Aesir and the Vanir, the Frost Jottun
of Thyrmsfell pressed hard into the lands of man and elf. It fell to the strong sons of earth to drive
them back. In the lands of man stood
Thor, and in the lands of Alf stood Frey.

Arriving in Skidbadnir, his magic cloud ship, the fairest amongst the
Vanir was well looked upon by the Alfar, the wights and faeries of the mystic
Alfheim. Alone save for his golden boar Gullinbursti,
he strode into the mountain passes to defend against the Frost Jottun, and the
killing cold they brought into the verdant forests of the Alf. While the mighty elven hosts drew up at the
forests edge in the hopes that Freyr’s mighty spear and shining sword would
carry the day, there was one alfar who could not wait.

Young was Freyr, though mighty.
Born of Nerthus the earth by mighty Njord of the waves, Frey was young
and golden as the dawn, with the coltish grace of a young stallion, and the
mischief of a kit fox. Unlike the sombre
Uller and stern Tyr, the nature of Freyr was wild, passionate, and
laughing. As he passed overhead in his
cloudship Skidbadnir, the Faeries of the air gathered at his golden voice,
taken by his boyish charm and long golden hair.
Although Vanir and not Alf, his beauty touched them as no mortal could,
for his was the strength of the earth, and the beauty of the shining sun. Alone among the Faeries and Slyphs of the air
was one who heard his laughter, and the lusty challenges he sang to the Jottun
guarded mountains and was taken whole heartedly with love. When Frey strode forth in his armed glory,
this smallest of faery flew with him.

While the equal of Thor in battle skill, Freyr was young yet, and as the
young often do, was driven by his passions beyond reason. As the Jottun strode in their icy mail down
from the high mountains, ice axes and stone tipped spears in their huge fists,
Gullinbursti the boar gave a grunting roar of rage and stormed into them. Laughing astride his raging boar, Freyr plied
his spear with joy amongst the Jottun foe.
Blow after blow he traded, but his joy overtook him, and he cast aside
his stout shield to ply sword and spear together. Laughing in the wild joy of battle, Freyr was
struck hard upon his cheek by a Jottun axe helve, and spilled from his golden

The little faery’s heart nigh stopped to see the golden youth struck
down, and she saw a tooth struck from his mouth to spill upon the stones and
moss of the valley. Sweeping down in a
blur of wings, she took up the tooth and hurled it in the Jottun’s eye. Frey rose roaring from the earth to ply his
mighty spear, and laughed to see the Jottun so beset by the wee faery and his
tooth. Laying the last of the Jottun
low, he bowed to the Faery and named her thus:

“Tooth Faery you are, and my tooth I give you.
A gift for a gift is our way, so for this first of my teeth I will claim
a kiss”

Blushing, the faery kissed Freyr, and flew swift away to her
kindred. High in the sky circled Hunnin
and Munnin, watching what happened, and what was to come. As Frey set sail again for Asgard, the
little tooth Faery used the magic that was hers to weave of this tooth a hall
for Freyr, that he would return to Alfheim and live among the Alf as their fair
lord. Weeping the Tooth Faery fell, her
magic spent, but only a sword length of one wall formed no higher than Frey’s
high boot top. As she lay spent and
tired upon the ground, she swore to the gods that if she only had more teeth,
she could make a hall fit for the golden Freyr, that he would dwell forever
happily amongst the shining Alfs. The
ravens Hunnin and Munnin heard the words, and wind-swift carried them back to
their master Odin.

When Freyr returned to the halls of Asgard, he heard Thor boasting of
his victory, of the Jottun’s slain to defend the world of men. Aesir and Vanir pounded the table and shouted
their praise at Thor’s victory. Baldur
the blessed rose from his seat by Odin, and called out to Frey to tell his tale
of battle and glory, Nanna his good wife swiftly charged Freyr’s horn with
golden mead to loosen his tongue and speed his thoughts.

Freyr spoke of the victory, and laughed with the hall at his own
foolishness at being felled by axe-helve in his haste. As he spoke of the Faery and her well struck
tooth, Thor roared and raised his horn laughing at the bravery of the little
alf. Upon his high seat did Odin
brooding feed scraps to his ravens. In a
voice cold as ice and deep as thunder he spoke.

“Lost you a tooth, the first of your life
upon Alfheims field.” He spoke.

“Gift for a gift did you tell your
alf-friend, and a gift for a gift is my way”

“As you have given your tooth for the land,
take this land as tooth-fee for your loss”

“Hence forth let Alfheim know Freyr as

Thus did Odin ward Alfheim’s north borders, thus did Odin bind Freyr to
his cause. Thus did the peace between
Alf, Aesir and Van be sealed with the fee of a tooth. Returning to Alfheim Freyr sought out his new
friend, and saw the start of a hall.
When he heard the wee Faery spelled it from his tooth, the golden lord
shouted his mirth.

“A hall raised for me from one little
tooth? A hall from the Tooth Faeries
gift? If you would do this first tooth
of youth, then accept as a gift all such teeth”

Lord of the growing and renewing earth, his gift reached the whole of
nine worlds. To this day the Tooth Faery
gathers her teeth, raising her hall for bright Freyr. A gift for a gift is the way of god and of alf,
so a tooth-fee for all will she leave.

John T

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"Let justice be done, though the heavens fall."
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Re: Origin of the Tooth Faery

Post by sacrificialgoddess on Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:24 am


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Re: Origin of the Tooth Faery

Post by wmdkitty on Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:56 pm

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. (And for some reason, I'd like to see this in animation form.)

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