A Message from Loki

I blame the existence of this missive on having too many pictures of half-naked Tom Hiddleston on my feed. Thanks, ladies. You know who you are.

Standard caveat: don’t really work with Norse deities. No claims about accuracy and all that.

One time, there was this asshole in Germany who orchestrated an attempt at genocide. Opposing him meant certain death, or a miserable life, rather than a comfortable one. Do you know what we called the people who stood against him?

Heroes.

Long before Thorgeir, I saw it coming. I saw the malcontent. I saw people feeling alienated by deities and powers they felt were not doing right by them. I knew they were ripe for the taking by another religion.

I stood before my pantheon, and I objected. I told each deity their faults, announced their particular brand of stupidity, dragged out their broken promises, their tarnished vows, their short-sightedness and arrogance. I mocked them until they cried. I shoved it in their faces, with the vain hope that they’d see it. They didn’t. You know the rest of the story.

It was stupid. It was childish. It was suicidal. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Win or lose, consequences or no, it was the right thing to do. Holding up the mirror to the ugliest bits of them was a gift. Had they accepted it, Heathenry would, today, have an unbroken tradition, and more recorded accounts of our myths written by someone other than (fucking) Snorri.

Bear that in mind the next time you fail to stand up to people purportedly speaking for deities, who bear messages of oppression, tyranny, powerlessness and pain. Think of what it has cost our people. Think of me, trapped beneath the Earth, with poison dripping on my face, and hear my words: I’d do it again. I would do it all over again.

21 comments

    • Thenea

      Hermes would say that, if the message in question was so important for them to hear, then the right approach would be to find a way to say it so that they would listen. He’d also say that it’s the rare person who doesn’t stop listening once they feel impugned.

      Pointing out the problem, rather than attacking the people, might have yielded a better outcome for Loki, in this case.

      That said, I agree with him that you can’t just capitulate to an entity or person or government because they’re threatening you.

      • aoibheall52

        No, Loki doesn’t seem to have been quite as diplomatic as he supposedly is now. And Hermes is right about approach being half the battle. But sometimes your burning need to avert something is what brings it about.

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  2. thetinfoilhatsociety

    You know, this actually has a ring of truth to it. I mean, Norse culture believed pretty firmly that one’s fate/time of death etc was predestined and thus unchangeable. It didn’t stop Odin from trying to find ways to prevent Ragnarok, and it didn’t stop the saga heroes from trying to avoid what they had been told was an unchangeable fate. I tend to think this was such an essential part of the culture, that fate *IS* but the heroism is in struggling against it, the making of one’s name and reputation in the mean time, that this actually sounds right. Perhaps Loki knew it wasn’t going to do any good, and that’s why he was such an ass (and so very bitter!) in the way he went about it, but he felt compelled to do it anyway. And perhaps that’s why Sigyn stuck with him, keeping him from the venom as much as she could, because she understood the stakes and also knew it was immutable.

    I dunno. And maybe I just don’t know what I’m talking about either.

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