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From "Odd and the Frost Giants" by Neil Gaiman [2010]:

“We can talk because, O mortal child—do not be afraid—beneath these animal disguises we wear…well, not actual disguises, I mean we are actually a bear and a fox and a big bird, which is a rotten sort of thing to happen, but where was I…?”

“Gods!” screeched the eagle.

“Gods?” said Odd.

“Aye. Gods,” said the bear. “I was just getting to that. I am great Thor, Lord of the Thunders. The eagle is Lord Odin, All-father, greatest of the Gods. And this runt-eared meddling fox is—”

“Loki,” said the fox smoothly. “Blood-brother to the Gods. Smartest, sharpest, most brilliant of all the inhabitants of Asgard, or so they say—”

“Brilliant?” snorted the bear.

“You would have fallen for it. Anyone would,” said the fox.

“Fallen for what?” said Odd.

A flash of green eyes, a sigh and the fox began. “I’ll tell you. And you’ll see. It could have happened to anyone. So, Asgard. Home of the mighty. In the middle of a plain, surrounded by an impregnable wall built for us by a Frost Giant. And it was due to me, I should add, that that wall did not cost us the Giant’s fee, which was unreasonably high.”

“Freya,” said the bear. “The Giant wanted Freya. Most lovely of the Goddesses—with, obviously, the exception of Sif, my own little love. And it wanted the Sun and the Moon.”

“If you interrupt me one more time,” said the fox, “one more time, I will not only stop talking, but I shall go off on my own and leave the two of you to fend for yourselves.”

The bear said, “Yes, but—”

Not one word.”

The bear was silent.


odd and the frost giants (color) by lunchboxmonkey (dA)

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Thor and Loki's journey to Jotunheim

Thor [right] and Loki's [left] journey to Jotunheim, from "Norse Myths" by Kevin Crossley-Holland [Illustrated by Gillian McClure 1992]

Thor said summer was the open season and he announced his plan of making a journey east to Utgard and flexing himself against the giants. "However few they are," he said, "they are too many."

"In Utgard," said Loki, "you'll need sharp wits."

"Sharp wits," repeated Thor seriously.

"And yours are as blunt as your hammer," said Loki, winking at Thor. "Why not take me?"

Thor ignored the insult and accepted the offer. "Evil creature: good companion," he said.

Loki's eyes gleamed, now brown, now green, now indigo. His scarred lips twisted into a wolfish smile.

"Tomorrow, then," said Thor.

(I wish modern retellings more often would accept that the reason Odin and Thor often travelled with Loki once upon a time, was because they LIKED him. He wasn't always unpleasant or angry or malevolent, even if he was That Guy who kept people on their toes by having a giggle at their expense.)

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Thorgal #32: La Bataille D'Asgard

Thorgal #32: La Bataille D'Asgard - G. Rosinski & Y. Sente

As told in myth, Sif gets her golden hair cut off by Loki as a prank. Thor, Sif's husband, is not impressed.

(I slept through most of my French classes at school so apologies for the crap translation:)

Sif: Aaah! But!? Who? Who are you? ...Loki! You! You dare?

Loki: Take it easy, sweetheart. You seemed to enjoy this moment of intimacy. It was well worth it for the hair I need to seduce a pretty goddess, who, so I'm told, has a weakness for... blond men.

Sif: Monster! Demon! When Thor learns what you did...!

Loki: I think he won't learn anything. Do you think he will forgive you for having confused him with another in his own bed? Hahahahaha! *leaves with hair*

Dwarf (to Sif): Mistress! Your husband is back! What will you do?!

Dwarf (to Thor): Have you had a good day, sir?

Thor (to dwarf): No.

Thor (to Sif): I'm not sure what's happening to me, but I had strange dreams. I was about to crush an upstart human. Then my forge suddenly disappeared. Unbalanced, I fell and knocked myself unconscious. And when I woke up, my shield was gone! I think...

Sif: I think you need comfort in the arms of your wife.

Thor: But... What did you do to your hair?

Sif: I noticed that my hair didn't have as much effect on you as it did in the early days. I am a woman. So... I tried something else. What do you think, hmm?

Thor: ...

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Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #112 (a)   Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #112 (b>

DC - "Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen" #112 [1968]

*dun dun dunnnnn*

TO BE CONTINUED!

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Valhalla - “Cry Wolf” by Peter Madsen

From Valhalla - "Cry Wolf" by Peter Madsen (1979)

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TVTropes on myth!Loki:

Alternate Continuity:
  Was Loki imprisoned for killing Baldur, or was he imprisoned for calling the gods out on crap they were actually guilty of? Depends on which story you read.

Arch-Enemy:
   Loki and Heimdall. The very first story they costarred in set them against each other. Like Thor and Jormungand, they are also destined to kill each other in Ragnarok.
   Many adaptations (probably thanks to Marvel) tend to set up Thor and Loki as arch-enemies. While they butted heads once in a while (Sif's hair was certainly a Berserk Button for Thor), they were more friends than enemies, and often traveled together.

Cain and Abel:
   Thor and Loki become this in Christian retellings of Norse myths (while Loki was Odin's brother in the original myths) as well as in Marvel Comics.

Comedic Sociopathy:
   Whenever the gods need to put the blame on someone, they grab Loki and threaten him with torture and death if he doesn't put the situation right. Granted, often Loki was responsible for or at least involved in the thing that went awry in the first place, but still...

Exact Words:
   In one story, Loki makes a bet with some dwarves and offers them his head as a wager — an expression for "my head's weight in gold" — as his part of the bargain. When they win and claim his actual head, he argues that since they can't take that without also cutting his neck, the deal is void. The dwarves content themselves with sewing his lips together earning him the nickname Scarlip, and the scars remain in his various forms.

Face Heel Turn:
   While at the start of the Prose Edda, Loki is a Loveable Rogue / Lovable Traitor, by Ragnarök he is essentially the leader of the forces of darkness.

Fate Worse than Death:
   The gods can't kill Loki for what he did to Baldur on account of Odin having adopted him. Thus, they instead bind him in chains made from the entrails of his son, whom they murdered, and allow a snake to drip venom on his face for eternity. Loki's loyal wife Sigyn collects the venom in a bowl most of the time but she eventually has to empty it, allowing the venom to drip and causing him excruciating pain. His thrashing around caused earthquakes. 

Gender Bender:
   Loki turned into a mare (and got pregnant!) 

Groin Attack:
   Loki does this to himself when he's faced seemingly-impossible task of making Skadi laugh. He ties a rope to his own testicles, then ties the other end to the beard of a goat. Hilarity Ensues

Heterosexual Life Partners:
   Thor and Loki, at least in some stories. In others, not so much.
   Odin and Loki, who are blood brothers.

Hijacked By Jesus:
   The story of Loki getting Baldur killed is Hijacked By Jesus. Originally (as shown in Poetic Edda), it was only hinted (in an insult of Frigg by Loki himself) that Loki was guilty. It was when he gravely insulted every single one of the gods they tied him down and fed him poison. The two stories were then merged and expanded by Snorri Sturluson to make Loki look like a Satan figure.
   Like Hel, Loki gets associated with Satan. In some myths, he's a contriver of trouble, a trickster, and a total jerkass, but still not all that bad of a guy as he saves the day a few times and once in a great while goes out of his way to be nice. In later, post-Christian stories, he's Handwaved as the cause of anything wicked, with no explanation as to why or how he'd managed it, and then he's the cause of the end of the world.

Homosexual Reproduction:
   Sleipnir is the biological child of Loki and a stallion called Svadilfari. Loki was shapeshifted into the form of a mare (a female horse) at the time. A mare who happened to be in heat, to lure away the stallion. However, getting pregnant had not been part of Loki's plans, and it owned him the nickname of "horse-mother".
   The unspecified number of children Odin and Njorth accuse Loki of bearing in the Lokasenna.

Hostage for MacGuffin:
   This one happened to Loki a lot, even at the hands of other gods, and caused - among other things, the cursing of Andvarinaut, the creation of Thor's hammer, and later on its theft. Thor even did it to Loki over a cute little prank Loki pulled on Thor's wife. 

Noodle Incident:
   In the Lokasenna, Odin says Loki went around disguised as a milkmaid for awhile, and according to both Odin and Njorth, he's given birth to multiple children. It doesn't get any more elaborate than that.

Pet the Dog:
♦   In "Loka Táttur," after Odin and Honir fail to answer the prayers of a farmer to keep his child hidden from a bad-ass troll, they give up completely. Loki, ever the Determinator, succeeds in protecting the kid and slays the troll, and is rewarded by the boy's parents with a big hug. Awww.

Really Gets Around:
   Freya gets around with anyone, while Loki gets around with anything.

Slasher Smile:
♦   Some tellings comment that after having his lips un-sewn, Loki was left with a "Glasgow smile" which in "Loki is evil" stories serves as his Red Right Hand.

"The Reason You Suck" Speech:
   Loki delivers one of these to the Aesir in the Lokasenna. It does not end well for him.

With Friends Like These:
   You would think that, after a while, the Aesir would actually figure out that perhaps Loki could use some help. No wonder he turned against them eventually.

You Can't Fight Fate:
   Some retellings of Loki's role in Baldur's death use this to explain Loki's actions. After devouring the heart of a witch with the power of prophecy, he saw that he was destined to suffer a horrific punishment at the hands of the other gods before dying in Ragnarok. Since Loki knew You Can't Fight Fate, he figured he might as well do something to earn that punishment and make the other gods suffer.

Norse Mythology @ TVTropes

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Heimdal, Ydun, Thor and Loke in Copenhagen

Heimdal, Ydun, Thor and Loke in Copenhagen: "Guldhornene" [Denmark, 2007]

Danish family film following on from "Jul I Valhal". The gods have to prevent the Golden Horn from falling into the giant Thrym's hands, but as their powers don't extend so far in a modern high-tech society, they need to disguise themselves and enlist the help of 3 resourceful children.

I haven't seen either yet, just clips, though I think I maaay have found a source for the originals. As far as I can tell, Loke's primary trait is "sulkiness", lol. And being vain about his mane. He looks fetching in a blue boiler suit.

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The Circle of Ostara - Loki (1996) [excerpt]:

...As the Dark Age progresses Loki gains strength in material powers but loses the love, the compassion, that alone can make the use of our technical ability an activity in harmony with nature and the Earth.

That we have allowed ourselves to become enslaved by the monstrous money system is Loki's doing. He has given us into their hands, he has become their servant. The powers behind this "system" have great cunning and tell powerful lies but their actual creative abilities are very limited. They can take over the technology created by others and use it to great destructive effect, but the ability to build such a technology themselves is lacking. Our abilities, our inventive genius, have been delivered up to them - by Loki. We have been enticed into a trap.

We can see the tale of Loki's Brood as a parable for our times, see Fenris Wolf as technology, a force that began as the gentle servant of man but which grew strong and ever stronger and difficult to control until now it breaks loose and seems poised to devour us. We can see the World Serpent, Jormungandr, as the great strangling system of international finance that controls all nations and all races, a system that Thor's Hammer must needs destroy if any race or nation is to survive the cataclysmic future, a destruction that will "shake the world". Loki is our enemy, an enemy that lies within ourselves. As a spirit of invention he was of wonderful benefit to us so long as we held true to the pattern of our racial destiny, so long as we maintained our love and reverence for nature and the Earth and lived close to the divine spirits of our people.

Loki is manfest in each of us and must be fought there - in our own minds and souls. We must take care not to be part of Loki's Brood. Many children of this god reveal themselves by truckling to the rulers of the system, by accepting its lies and manipulation, by living for pleasure alone and physical sensation, by refusing to take risks even when they recognise the enemy. The Hel-hags of "women's lib" are part of Loki's Brood and all the anti-life forces of homosexuality and the touters of abortion.

The Circle of Ostara is dedicated to the overthrow of Loki's Brood.

Source

This screed makes me ♥ Loki & his kids more than ever.

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victorialeealexander:

You know, if it weren't for Loki, neither mjolnir nor gungnir would exist.

Ungrateful fucking Aesir assholes.

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'On the rainbow bridge' by jen-and-kris

"On the rainbow bridge" by jen-and-kris (2012)

Loki & Thor, what feels like a very long time ago on the Bifrost.

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Marvel - Thor 600 (2009)

greenpentagram:

Thor 600 (2009)

Dat cleavage.

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Thor & Loki off to Jotunheim

“Thor” (2009) by Birdtank Productions

Thor and Loki are best friends, and are forced to seek Thor’s stolen H.A.M.M.E.R. in this modern retelling (I use this word extremely loosely) of the Lay of Thrym. Here is a lovely screencap of them venturing off to Thrym’s lair. The short film is amateurish & pretty crap, to be honest (warning for cis-het-normativity), but if you’ve got 19 minutes to squander…

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"Norse by Norsevest" & "Somewhere Over the Rainbow Bridge" from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Season 5 (1998)

Hercules has a bad dream and goes north to save Balder from the scheming Loki. I have a high tolerance for cheese, but this exceeded my wildest expectations. To be fair, the show doesn't take itself too seriously and operates on a seriously tight budget, but there's a reason I always preferred its sister show Xena. The acting was especially terrible in these episodes, and everyone except possibly Hercules seemed to have been hit by the idiot ball. Let's go to town.

Loki is unusually blond in this version, but then, this is the north, where everyone is kinda blond, right?? He gets the bleach blond though, falling soundly into the Blond Guys Are Evil And Kinda Effeminate Too trope. He does some nice eye-rolling at Thor (who's perpetually angry at everything), but he's not a very convincing liar, so, fail. Like with Marvel, he's the jealous brother of Thor (and Balder), scheming to get them out of the way, with the help of frost giants (the budget doesn't stretch to seeing more than some spidery claws onscreen).

Balder is nice to the mortals, but Thor learns a Very Valuable Lesson by the end that he has to as well. The Vikings and Norse Gods are both fond of the practice of hitting one another for fun and Hercules lectures them on how it's terribly uncivilised of them. It's the cold that makes them like that apparently. Oh, and there's the most anti-climactic Ragnarok ever, but don't worry, there's a reset button, because the Norns can't really see into the future. Or something. It's all pretty entertaining anyway.

I think the best line (and the best acted) of the story was Loki's: "I haaaate it when a plan falls apart!" *runs away*

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Thor and Loki by cognitivemiscellanea

cognitivemiscellanea:

CAN’T STOP WON’T STOP

Thor is hating Loki right now, but he loves Mjolnir more. Bless 'em both

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Loki's Rhapsody - from the Danish Christmas family show "Jul i Valhal", 2005

A Eurovision-worthy spectacle as Loki, flanked by two skimpily-attired Jotuns, threatens to have his revenge on the Aesir and bring on Ragnarok.

(I don't speak any Northern European languages apart from English, so this is the best translation I could come up with via this and google translate. If you know Danish or Norwegian, please correct me!)

It is impossible to think
When you sit like a beast
Chained like a fool
All these years
How and when do I get the chance to cut my hair?
Without the beard [in my eggs – idiom?], I will leave my wall

And go home to them
And with claws five
Be wicked again
An old family friend shows his true face
And it may well be that two children get good ideas
Overlooking a bad character
And forget to focus, snowed in for more than a break [idioms?] 

Give me a little piano

Hear how it sounds when I crush the Aesir to shreds!
[Like grapes] they hang in bunches, laze and fool around

Now you must look out, Thor
The womanly crooner
We know where you live 

I’m not bitter or angry
I just have one tremendous desire:
To do everyone harm 

So I’m taking off, will you come with me?            

Hey what is that I smell? Is it home-baking?
Nay, it is the sweet smell of defeat.
Gods’ discomfort becomes the easiest thing
And with magic I force the Yule days back into the dark
To pat cakes that so unfortunately taste so dry 

Hey, Odin, you’re amusing in your ruin
A little one-eyed dwarf rabbit
That shakes like a coward
When I amuse myself
Ho ho ho ho!
I wonder who is backed into the corner, in retreat, with godly babbling?

Soon begins a new era
With a guy named Loki 
 

You cannot, just like that, throw one’s family out
Especially when they have been born as gods 
~goosebumps~ 

Enough is enough, sing in a group!
Go beserk!
God-shock, Lokelok, Ragnarok!

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 Malms Slottspark, Sweden

cellandning:

To punish Loki for the crimes he had commited, including killing Odins son Balder, the gods tied him up in a cave with one of his sons insides. A giantess hung a large snake over Loki and when a drop of the snakes poison dropped onto Lokies face he would twist in pain so the hole world shook.

This is a replica of that cave. It lies in Malmös slottspark, Sweden. It’s so convinient being a Avengers Loki fan and Swedish.

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motherfuckingmythology:

Everyone was asleep in Asgard, which naturally made it a good time for Loki to run around being a dick. This asshole, up at way-too-fucking-late-o’clock decided that the only reasonable thing to do in this situation was to go piss off people he couldn’t handle, because no one ever told him not to pick fights he couldn’t handle. So what does this asshole do? He sneaks into Sif’s room while she’s asleep and cuts her fucking hair off. Why? Because he fucking could. To be a dick, he drops all the hair in a big pile on the floor and traipses the fuck off to go to sleep now that his work is done. 

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Loki's Monstrous Brood

Loki's Monstrous Brood, from D'Aulaires' book of Norse Myths, 1967.

Loki, the God of the Jotun Race

When Odin was still young - before he had hanged himself on Yggdrasil and drunk from the Well of Wisdom - his eyes had fallen on a jotun named Loki. He was graceful and handsome, not uncouth and misshapen like most of his race. Many jotuns could change themselves in wolves or eagles, but Loki could take on any shape he wished, even female ones. Nimble-witted and bright, full of clever ideas, Loki was like a flickering, shining flame, and Odin was so taken with him that he asked him to be his blood brother. Loki gladly accepted the offer. So each cut a small vein in his arm and, letting their blood flow together, they solemnly swore to be as true brothers from then on. They would stand by each other, defend each other, and never accept a favor unless it was also offered to the other.

Thus Loki, the jotun, became one of the Aesir and moved up to Asgard, where the great and holy ones welcomed him. Thor especially liked to have cunning Loki at his side, for Thor was not quite as quick-thinking as he was fast-acting. Loki helped him out of many a scrape, but he also got him into some.

Odin gave Loki one of the goddesses, Sigunn, for his wife. She was loving and kind and very patient with her fickle husband. But in Jotunheim, Loki had another wife, the dreadful ogress Angerboda. She was a better match for him, for, as the Aesir soon found out, Loki was really vicious and spiteful. He loved to play mean tricks, and it didn't matter to him whom he tricked. Neither Aesir nor jotuns could trust him, and he was always causing trouble.

But Loki was so quick-witted and honey-tongued that the Aesir always forgave him his misdeeds. Besides, Odin's blood flowed in his veins and no one dared to harm him.

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