harpguy said: Could you possibly explain your portrayal of the Disir in JiM? I can't find any mythological source that describes them like that, and I was just wondering what your design process for them was (you always seem to research everything so carefully, so I assume you've got some sort of source I haven't found yet).
For anyone interested in hearing some of the scholarly discourses and intertepretations on the subject, John Lindow had a section on the Disir in his book ‘Norse Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Belief’
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Anonymous said: Hi, so I don't read pregnant male stuff. So It never really occurred to me until I read the Thor is pregnant with twins snippet that you wrote (I think you wrote, maybe you didn't write it? Idk) and it just like hit me and maybe you know cause maybe if you write male preg you read it too... Do male pregnant fanfics tend to have the baby through the penispopscicle (tried to censor penis) or like by cesarean?? Or is there some other way that I just am not thinking of?
honestly i don’t read a lot of mpreg, but i think it’s usually either a magical birthing canal that happens or there’s a caesarean done? with gods tho i reckon they can figure out a way to have a child without either - i’m sure thor and loki will have some kind of a lightning sprite child that’s completely non-corporeal and so won’t require birthing at all! convenient god-stuff biology ftw!Just to be sure, people know that Loki in the myths was a) not at all consenting to his rape by a stallion, and b) not in his Aesir shape at that moment? Right? Right?
Anyway. I don’t recall MPreg in the myths. There’s probably some dark sexist conspiracy underneath all that. At least we can all militate for the incorporation of a Young-Thor-gives-birth-to-a-shark subplot in the running God of Thunder. It’s still time.
I once read something about Loki and I have confirmation thanks to the Wiki (from Hyndluljóð):
"Loki ate some of the heart, the thought-stone of a woman,
roasted on a linden-wood fire, he found it half-cooked;
Lopt was impregnated by a wicked woman,
from whom every ogress on earth is descended.”
It’s from the Flateyjarbók! written around the bleeping 1390s! I mean, Snorri was already a bit dubious, as source material goes… but this is beginning to be terribly late for Norse mythology.
The two stanzas featuring Loki are amazing in their vagueness and their totally random apparition, too, but mostly the vagueness: there is no way to know if Loki was indeed “impregnated”, as in, he suddenly became able to bear children in his Aesir shape, or rather was morally impregnated by the woman’s evil spirits—wasn’t it Gullveig? I think it was Gullveig—who, the grammar is entirely equivocal on this point by the way, has probably birthed all the evil by herself like a true feminist long before she was turned into roast-beef by the gods. This is Gullveig we’re talking about.
The problem with old mythologies from cultures that had their libraries burned, or their mythologies sanitized before being written down is your pretty much NEVER going to get any PURE mythology. (Don’t even get me started on aztec mythology, and how much of my favorite stuff is NOT from the documents recorded after the conquest, but from similar mythologies in cultures that managed to STILL tell their stories, at least a little while longer, and that you have to build up inferences from shakey sources)
As we are discussing the many facets and stories and kennings that refer to events that are never explicitly stated that come to together to make up the modern mythology of what ‘stories’ there exist about Loki, specifically on the topic of pregnancy, these are all fair game. If we were doing research on to what was the exact meaning and mythologies that would have been told and part of the cosmology of ancient vikings themselves… well that would be a different story.
And yes, vagueness is part of why there are so many ways to read these stories. The story of Loki consuming the heart is not one that is ever explicitly told, but is basically part of a long aside/kenning that is ancillary to the poem. Loki and his children in GENERAL are something constantly up for interpretation. Some people interpret it as being Angrboda’s heart, some people read it as being Gullviegs. Some people question is Angrboda was the mother or father, some people question how exactly Loki was involved in the birthing of trolls and witches.
What is more to the point is that these interpretations have all been made, and are part of the myth canon vocabulary that people draw from, even if there are differing stances or views or interpretations of each.
No, comic loki is not myth loki. No MCU loki is not comic loki. But when people are creating their own story, without any claim of it being actually canonically factual, it can be fun/inspiring/an interesting study to draw on all these elements, braid them together, to create a story where all these things are possible. And mpreg is one of those things that is not surprising has been pulled time and again into those created narratives.
hughdirtydancy-deactivated20140 said: I was reading mythology earlier and it said that Loki was the lightning to Thor's thunder. Makes sense because they always travel together and are so buddy-buddy ^^ (they're also my brotp) im pretty sure Farbauti was lightning though, wasn't he? //anyways, I love your blog and your artwork is entrancing.
One of the translations I’ve often seen attributed to myth Loki’s father’s name, ‘farbauti’, is ‘cruel striker’. The lighting meaning, and the interpretation of Loki being associated with Fire is often tied to the meaning of both his parents names.
Farbauti (cruel striker) and Laufey (full of leaves(?) possibly)/Nal (needle) is sometimes interpreted as ‘lightning strikes a tree/pine, giving birth to fire’.
IDK if I’d call myth loki the lightning to Thor’s thunder, but he certainly does bring a ‘spark’ to their relationship. Especially when Loki is the element that ‘sparks’ their adventure in the first place.