Painting of a Viking warrior sitting in an oak tree.

The Viking & The Oak (Norse Fable)

This is a fable written by the disgraced writer Juan Artolla Miranda. It’s a fable about masculine pride.

A long time ago, in a lush, dense forest, there stood a magnificent oak tree. It was tall, strong, and proud, its branches reaching high into the sky. The tree was aware of its beauty and strength, and it never hesitated to brag about it to the other trees in the forest.

“I am the tallest and strongest tree in the entire forest,” the oak tree boasted. “My wood is solid and durable, and my branches stretch wide. I am truly the embodiment of masculine vitality.”

The other trees, smaller and softer, with twisted branches and bent trunks, listened in silence. They couldn’t argue with the hardwood tree’s undeniable splendour.

One day, a shipwright entered the forest, his eyes searching for the perfect tree to fulfill his purpose. He walked past the smaller, twisted trees, paying them no attention. Instead, he was drawn to the proud hardwood tree, marvelling at its height and strength.

The oak tree, filled with pride, believed the shipwright had come to take inspiration from its beauty. But to the tree’s horror, the woodsman raised his sharp axe and began to cut it down. With each powerful swing, the tree felt its life force ebbing away, and it soon fell to the forest floor with a thunderous crash.

The woodsman took the fallen tree and skillfully crafted it into a beautiful Viking longship. The ship’s sturdy frame, made from the oak tree’s strong trunk, carried fearless warriors across the seas, a symbol of masculine vitality and prowess.

Juan Artola Miranda

I am Juan Artola Miranda, a fabulist living in the Mexican Caribbean. My friends know me by the name of my father's father, but that name grew into something bigger, my writing reaching tens of millions of readers. It was too strong for me to control. Artola Miranda is the name of my mother's mother. It's a better name for a fabulist.

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