Archie Bradford’s Field Notes
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I am forbidden from divulging the exact location of the great Scandinavian tree of legend, Yggdrasil, in whose vast branches the Nine Worlds are tucked away like so many bird nests, including the giants’ realm of Jugenheim (pronounced YOO-gan-hime, the J is silent). But I deem it safe to note that the tree stood on a mountaintop one day’s walk from the shores of Oslo Fjord. We had to cross an enchanted wood and deal with the frightening guardians the Tree, REDACTED. (No spoilers!)
Giants are surprisingly competitive, especially the warriors, who are especially fond of boasting. (Jake fit right in.) They, as well as the royal family, are and must be brave to the point of almost being foolhardy. It is the only way to win the full respect of the people.
Giants of all walks of life pride themselves on their toughness. They are generally a simple folk, hardworking and fascinated by stories and songs. They can be gullible, but they love jokes. They most enjoy crude humor; anything with a burp or a fart brings uproarious laughter from males and females alike.
Perhaps we are not so different from them after all.
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