After Gullveig's visit to Godhome, many of the Osfolk grew to fear and mistrust the mysterious Vans. Thor avoided their territories when he rode about the Outlands. Odin spoke to the warriors who held him as a friend in Middle Garth and told them of the Vans' wicked ways. At his encouragement, many a raid was made in Middle Garth against the Van-loving menfolk. Though satisfying, such retaliation made all the Osfolk uneasy. It was a surprise to none when Heimdall blew his horn in warning. The urgent message was passed that a throng of Vanfolk was approaching.
The men of the Osfolk and the battle trained Oswives pulled on their mail and gathered up swords and spears and stout ash shields. They leapt onto their horses and rode hard for the Heavensmount gate. Thor stood in the gate's middle to steady the line with a net of stone missiles at his feet and one ready in his hand. On either side the Osfolk stood firm behind their shields, spears ready in hand. There were the soul se