A long time ago, in a land far away the Gods Loki and Thor sought out games they could play
Utgard, Hall of Skrymir
They traveled to JotunheimThe land of the giantsSeeking glory and battle where oft they had found it
Along the way they met ThialfiFleet footed and restlessWho joined on their quest for the chance to impress them
The Challenge Grounds
Their journey took them to UtgardHome to the giant, SkrymirHe offered them challenges, feasting, mead and good cheer
"Woe to you Gods," said Skrymir the Giant"These challenges 3 will rest your defiance. A competition of sorts, that will play to your strengths, so surely you Gods have no choice but to win?"
First up was Thor, the mightiest GodHe would wrestle a giant, old and frail which was oddHe struggled and strained, but she barely stumbledSo she was crowned as the victor, and poor Thor was humbled
The Challenge Grounds
Next up was Loki, who challenged a feastRealm renowned for his eating, a hard one to beatHe ate and he ate, chowed through bone and mawWhen he saw his opponent ate through table and all
Lastly was Thialfi, with the speed of a birdHe challenged a footrace, and when "Go!" was heardHe ran and he ran, his two feet like the breezeBut he lost every time, beaten with ease
Skrymir laughed and he laughed, the Gods loss brought him joy"You all think you're so special, but you've the wit of just boys! Now if you promise to leave, I will tell you a secretAnd when you get back to Asgard, you can choose whether to keep it!"
The Gods agreed and they swore on their arm rings to leave, and Skrymir then told them how they all had been beat. See, Thor's opponent was time, and none can beat her. Loki's was fire, who eats all that it burns. Lastly Thialfi, who ran like an arrow that's shot, had raced against the fastest of all; our mind, our thoughts.
The Gods yelled out in anger, frustrated and trickedbut before they could reach giant Skrymir, they blinked...
...and they were gone from the castle, left out in the coldThe bold few made their way back to Asgard, tale told
The trio had been fooled, but the tricks made them wiser, and the shame faded soon, revealing bonds that were tighter. Under both sun and moon, they raced back to Asgard, to tell Allfather Odin of the lessons they harbored.The End