A to Z Challenge – The Letter O – April 18, 2016

“Battle of the Doomed Gods” by Friedrich Wilhelm Heine (1882)

Oh .. how ominous
The oafish ogling orc seems.
In the olden days of Odin
No orc nor ogre would ogle thus!
One was honoured
To use the oaken shield
And let the ordained arrow fly!
As Olympus fell
So fell Asgard
And as Omnipotent Zeus vanished
So did the one-eyed poet outlaw warrior Odin!
Oh odious are these obtuse overseers
Of Midgard –
Offal without honour
Without foresight –
I, Orvar Bjorn will
Outrun the offensive enemy.
Better to meet the Omega,
The obliteration of all,
Rather than live under the oppressors.
Now are the days of Ragnarok
Of broken oaths and lost occasions.
Our ordeal has been foreseen in obscure omens …
Organize and open-hearted oppose the ogres!
May Fenrir  perish …
Raise the call oh oarsmen of Odin!
Hark! The Valkyrie come!

© G.s.k. ‘16

Note:  Any and all who’ve loved Professor J. R. R. Tolkien’s stories know that they are based in Norse mythology as are just about all fantasy and Dungeon and Dragons games.  Today I wrote about the end of times – Ragnarök – according to Norse traditions more or less (which really doesn’t seem like the end of times in the Christian sense – more like a change in eras or times – like in the Tolkien sense).  I really don’t have the background to really get into the Norse Mythology … in fact I was merely honouring the letter “O” … the funny thing is, I’d intended to write about an oboe and an orchestra … how all this other stuff creeped into my computer is beyond me!