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As explained in the first post about Tyr and what we can all learn from his traits, he was the second strongest Norse god next to Thor- but none were as just in action as Tyr.

It is easy to do the right thing when life is easy and any problems that arise are small and easily fixed, and those are the best times to have.  But what about when things become more difficult, and everything falls apart…particularly if there’s a person at fault?  How you react to that person, or what you decide to do about that person, has a direct effect on how you will continue to move forward in life.

Anyone who knows me knows I believe in justice, and the justice of deserved vengeance.  The problem there is many legal systems do not approve of that anymore, and the penalty is usually worse than what an original perpetrator would have received!  So what would be just, but also not ruin the rest of your life?  Solve the problem, confront the problem, let it be known that you have overcome it and have been at the step of retribution, but CHOOSE to carry on with your life instead.

So, let me introduce you to Hugh Glass… (credit for the following excerpts goes to Wikipedia.com )

“Hugh Glass (c. 1780–1833) was an American fur trapper and frontiersman noted for his exploits in the American West during the first third of the 19th century.

He was an explorer of the watershed of the Upper Missouri River in present day North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. Glass was famed, most of all, as a frontier folk hero for his legendary cross-country trek after being mauled by a grizzly bear.

The Wrestle

Near the forks of the Grand River in present-day Perkins County, in August 1823, while scouting ahead of his trading partners for game for the expedition’s larder, Glass surprised a grizzly bear mother with her two cubs. Before he could fire his rifle, the bear charged, picked him up, and threw him to the ground. The bear threw his flesh to its cubs. Glass got up, grappled for his knife, and fought back, stabbing the animal repeatedly as the grizzly raked him time and again with her claws.

Glass managed to kill the bear with help from his trapping partners, Fitzgerald and Bridger, but was left badly mauled and unconscious. Henry (who was also with them) became convinced the man would not survive his injuries.

Henry asked for two volunteers to stay with Glass until he died, and then bury him. Bridger (then 19 years old) and Fitzgerald (then 23 years old) stepped forward, and as the rest of the party moved on, began digging his grave.[citation needed] Later claiming that they were interrupted in the task by an attack by “Arikaree”[citation needed] Indians, the pair grabbed Glass’s rifle, knife, and other equipment, and took flight. Bridger and Fitzgerald incorrectly reported to Henry that Glass had died.

The Odyssey to Fort Kiowa

Despite his injuries, Glass regained consciousness. He did so only to find himself abandoned, without weapons or equipment, suffering from a broken leg, the cuts on his back exposing bare ribs, and all his wounds festering. Glass lay mutilated and alone, more than 200 miles (320 km) from the nearest American settlement at Fort Kiowa on the Missouri.

In one of the more remarkable treks known to history, Glass set his own leg, wrapped himself in the bear hide his companions had placed over him as a shroud, and began crawling. To prevent gangrene, Glass laid his wounded back on a rotting log and let the maggots eat the dead flesh.

Deciding that following the Grand River would be too dangerous because of hostile Indians, Glass crawled overland south toward the Cheyenne River. It took him six weeks to reach it.

Glass survived mostly on wild berries and roots. On one occasion he was able to drive two wolves from a downed bison calf, and feast on the meat. Reaching the Cheyenne, he fashioned a crude raft and floated down the river, navigating using the prominent Thunder Butte landmark. Aided by friendly natives who sewed a bear hide to his back to cover the exposed wounds as well as providing him with food and a couple of weapons to defend himself, Glass eventually reached the safety of Fort Kiowa.

After a long recuperation, Glass set out to track down and avenge himself against Bridger and Fitzgerald. When he found Bridger, on the Yellowstone near the mouth of the Bighorn River, Glass spared him, purportedly because of Bridger’s youth. When he found Fitzgerald, he discovered that Fitzgerald had joined the United States Army, Glass purportedly restrained himself because the consequence of killing a U.S. soldier was death. However, he did recover his lost rifle.”

 

Glass not only had the strength, courage, knowledge, and fortitude to survive and save himself, but the wisdom to take his justice all the way to the faces of those who wronged him, letting them know he was there and was back…and then move on, to keep living a life worth living- he continued to write his legend.

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