Journey through Yggdrasil
Take a mystical journey with Astrid a Viking woman who impulsively enters into the world tree. She first enters Yggdrasil to try find and help a young slave girl named Etain who has disappeared. Astrid’s close family join her in the search for Etain they believe that Etain ran away and entered another world to escape. Soon Astrid discovers that the start of her journey never had anything to do wit More
Journey through Yggdrasil is about a Viking woman whose curiosity intrigues her into travelling through the world tree. Astrid (the main character) is determined to find a young slave girl whom she saved from a slave trader named Jorgen. Astrid believes Etain (the slave girl) ran away and entered another world to find answers about who she truly is. Soon Astrid realises that the start of her journey never really had anything to do with Etain. Her travels take her on a journey of truth and self discovery.
I have based the story on a Norse myth, and put a different perspective and idea into the tale of the tree. The theme of the story is “know thy-self”. Astrid’s close family join her in the search for Etain .She has to enter each of the nine worlds contained within the tree before she discovers her true self.
Before the journey through the tree begins I thought it was necessary to write a bit on the Viking history and how they lived during their times. Astrid has two brothers, Beowulf and Alfred, Alfred is married to Jasmine and their father is named Humbli. They all live together on a farm in Gotland an island that falls under the region of Scandinavia.
In Norse Mythology, there are nine worlds with-in the tree and these were broken into three levels.
The nine worlds
1. Alfheim- home of the light elves
2. Asgard- home of the gods
3. Vanaheim- home of the Vanir gods
4. Midgard- homes of humans (earth)
5. Jotunheim- home of the giants
6. Svartalfheim- home of the dark elves and dwarves
7. Hel- the land of the dead
8. Niflheim- the world of ice
9. Muspellheim- the land of fire
The tree has three roots, the well of Urd, well of Mimir and Hvergelmir the bubbling cauldron.
In the story after her journey to Hel, Astrid is sent back home and accused of a crime she did not commit and held captive until she can prove her innocence. While being held captive she forms a close bond with the king of Gotland. The king later steps down as king to fight alongside Astrid, in a fight to attain justice and change, so that Vikings are treated humanely. The nobleman are difficult to persuade to change their laws as the laws were set by their ancestors and this creates an onset of war, where the gods soon have to step in.
With the Aid of gods she continues her journey through the remainder of the worlds alone until she realises who she is. She battles with Viking warriors in Valhalla to defend Asgard and meets one of Odin's sons. Odin’s son explains to Astrid how the creation of man began and how it will fall. From a quiet and impatient Viking woman she becomes an outspoken Queen who is determined to create a new world of Viking civilisation so that they can move forward in their existence. She has new challenges to face especially when her biggest challenge seems more out of reach than she could imagine. No one has ever been able to change the fate of mankind and all of Midgard (middle earth) until now.