Loki’s not a dick to his wives. I mean, I’m sure he has his moments (we all do in a relationship of pretty much any kind lol), but if I read *one* more story wherein Loki is abusive, in any way, shape or form to Glut, Angrboda, or Sigyn, I am going to….uh…well, I have a cold, so I’ll probably just…
Being in the very early stages of attempting for the hundredth to time to write a children’s story, this time with the characters being Loki’s daughter Eisa and Einmyria, I was bumbling about the interwebs to see if there was anything I had missed regarding mythology revolving around them and people’s UPG about them.
Instead I stumbled upon this and thought that it was good.
Gotta admit, my experience with Marvel and Thor and the Avengers is really limited to the movies and was only instigated by the fact that they just kept cropping up while I was doing some preliminary on line Loki research. I’m sure that what ever stories and depictions they have in their comics probably had an effect, but I think there is also probably a pretty good dose of people just generally having a bad impression of Loki. Hell, I had a bad impression of Loki initially. It’s why I put up such a fuss when it first occurred to me that he had taken some interest in me, for whatever reason.
I never really thought that Loki was abusive, but I had it in my mind that he wasn’t particularly good to Sigyn (the only wife I was aware of at that early stage). I don’t even know why. I had gotten it into my head at some point that Loki was the Norse equivalent of the Christian Satan and I remember hearing somewhere that the Joker was partially inspired by Loki (I have no idea where I heard that, I just know that it happened and I’ve seen no evidence that this is true anywhere) and if you inspire the Joker, you’ve gotta be bad, right?
Well, as I have done more research and had more personal experience I’ve discovered that pretty much every single one of those notions are false. A lot of people hold pretty tightly onto them, though, and a lot of them are people who ought to know better. I’ve seen a lot of people in the pagan community sneering at Loki as some sort of equivalent of Satan without seeming to realize that that has no place on a spiritual path that (I would hope) recognizes that nothing which occurs in nature is inherently evil (that is not to say that people can’t do evil deeds - but I’m not in the mood to philosophize).
Besides that, the surviving lore was written down, post-conversion, by Christians. The Christian influence is so glaringly obvious in the texts that I really am very baffled that so many people continue to argue that it is somehow pure and/or the only thing to live Nordic influenced spirituality by. The point of this being: Christianity has to have a good vs. evil dynamic. It doesn’t work without it (well, it would, and it would probably be way cooler, but it would decrease the power structure of the church so I guess we’re not gonna do that). Loki and his ilk are easy characters to cast as “evil,” considering that they don’t easily fit within the “good” box as constructed by Christian worldview.
That said, when you have such pervasive ideas floating around the ethosphere, making their way into your brain, you might jump to conclusions. That was my experience. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were a common one.