To be or not to be a god? That is the question.
With all the hype bubbling over regarding the Avengers, I thought it was high time we took a closer look at Loki on today’s Immortal Monday.
Sorry. Had to do it. 😀
If your knowledge of Loki can be summed up by everything seen in The Avengers or Thor movies, then you are singing the wrong tune, my friend. Yes, it’s a lovely picture Hollywood painted – two boys, raised as brothers by a man wanting to instill peace between warring worlds – WRONG
They didn’t completely lie to you. They did introduce Loki as the offspring of giants. Frost giants sounds oh so cool, but let’s keep with the simple word – giant. He is the son of Farbauri, the giant known as cruel striker, and the giantess Laufey.
Odin never pretends that Loki is his son or raises him as his own, although Loki is considered Odin’s blood brother. Still, that makes him no relation to Thor.
Loki is considered a member of Æsir – a god – a position he worked his way up to. His relationship with the other gods often fluctuated. Sometimes they were on good terms, other times, not so much. This may have been partly due to his prankster nature. One of the reasons many consider him a trickster. He could be likened to the court jester of Asgard. Loki was alright with that. He understood everyone has a role to play. But what may have started as innocent joking in his youth, morphed over time, later hinging on the expense of another god.
He wasn’t all jokes. Loki could be very charming, especially with the ladies. This worked to his benefit. He was described as dashing, very attractive. There’s no doubt he knew how to get a crowd laughing. He was willing to do things the other gods thought beneath them, sometimes using his ability as a shape changer in this capacity. Shape changer – a pretty handy ability to have.
During the building of Asgard, Loki managed to get in good with Odin and his son Thor. Finding themselves a little short of cash, the gods were in need of someone to help finish the building of the grand city. Loki convinced them to use the services of a giant, or jötunn, to finish the building. The gods were concerned with the jötunn’s price, thinking it too high. He demanded the goddess Freya (Freyja) as payment when he finished on time. But Loki assured them the jötunn didn’t stand a chance of completing the task on time, so such a payment would never be made.
As it turned out, the jötunn did not work alone; he had a strong stallion to haul the stone and the gods worried as the time for completion neared – especially Freya. Loki, always the sly one, took the shape of a mare and seduced the stallion, leading him off into the woods. Without the stallion, the jötunn was unable to finish the task on time. As a result, no payment was owed.
Loki had so much fun with the seduction, he became pregnant in his mare form. Choosing to experience motherhood, he gave birth to the eight-legged stallion, Sleipnir. He gifted the stallion to Odin and, it was this act, that endeared him to Odin and Thor.
In addition to the horse Loki mothered, he also fathered many other children. Loki, known as a fire god first married the goddess Glut (meaning glow), with whom he had two daughters named Einmyria and Eisa. With the giantess Angrboda, he fathered three monsters, Fenrir the giant wolf, Jormungand the earth-encircling serpent, and Hel (Hela) the underworld goddess. With his most faithful wife, Sigyn, he fathered two sons Narfi and Váli.
The gods put an end to Loki’s prankster ways when they had gone too far, resulting in the death of Balder. As punishment, Loki is bound to three large boulders with a poisonous snake hanging over his head. Her poison dripping down from her fangs. His wife, Sigyn, stays by his side catching the venom in a bowl so that it won’t touch his skin. But every so often the bowl will fill and she must step away to dump the contents. When this happens, a drop of venom will hit his skin and he will twist in pain.
When Loki flails in pain the earth quivers with earthquakes. Someday Loki will break free from those bonds – on the day of Ragnarök. What do you think will happen then? Will it be our end of days? Bwahahahaha!
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On another note, summer programming has begun. Make sure you have your DVR set so you don’t miss your favorite immortal. True Blood resumes on June 10th.