Welcome to another chapter of the Loki Year 2016! I know, a little bit late, but I’m catching up. Today we’re going to start reading the Gospel of Loki! Today we’re going to explore lessons 1 to 3. But before starting, let me tell you: this book is amazing! It’s sassy, funny and a must-read if you like Loki. While most mythology books or books based on Norse mythology are explaining myths from the perspective of the good characters in the story, the Gospel of Loki is narrated by Loki himself! I’ve never laughed and had so much entertainment with a book before!
So, Loki, the Norse Trickster tells us his own story, according to his views. And he starts by letting us know that we shouldn’t trust ruminants, wise men and relatives! He starts explaining the origins of the world according to his view on Norse Mythology. There are some parts from these 3 first lessons that I love.
- But neither Order nor Chaos is very hospitable. Perfect order is immovable; froze, unchanging and sterile. Total Chaos is uncontrolled; volatile and destructive.
- Words are what remain when all the deeds have been done. Words can shatter faith; start a war; change the course of history.
- This is as much as I believe: that the world came into being through Chang e,which is the servant of Chaos; and only through Change has it endured.
- But Order cannot survive alone; its laws are too fixed; it cannot bend. Order is like ice that creeps, bringin life to a standstill.
So, we’re at the beginning of all things, and Loki lets us know his view on why the world spins around the sun. He is a child of Chaos, and it’s no wonder that he believes that it’s thanks to Chaos, hence Change, that the world endures. He also belives that words can be far more dangerous than anything else exisitng in the world. Words are the basis of trickery. Words ca be very powerful, and thus they can change the course of history.
In these first lessons we start to discover the personality of our beloved Trickster in this novel by Joanne M. Harris. He is incredibly sassy, smart and quite innocent. Yes, you’ll discover in these first chapters that the Loki we know now is the result of several experiences in his life. Even though he is a child of Chaos, he could have been different if people around him (let’s say: Odin), would have acted in a different way with him.
Perhaps, one of the quotes that I love the most is this one:
Remember it to read this amazing book during this year. Loki is a member of the smart folk, a geek if you like. He is needed, but he’s also feared in the same amounts!
Read the three first lessons from Loki. Collect your favorite quotes from them. So far, who is on the bright side of the street?
Next LOKIsday we’ll witness Si’f haircut! (Loki : Nine Naughty Tales of the Trickster.) Join us during this Loki Year 2016! Get Loki!
What we know so far:
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