Let’s welcome Loki Year 2016! Today we’re reading lessons 7 and 8 from the Gospel of Loki. We’re going to enjoy Loki in all his glory. He’s going to be messing around Asgard pretty well. For starters, Loki was angry with Thor. And well, with most part of the Aesir. To that we have to add that his chaotic personality made of him an unpredictable being. So, he had an urge to cut Sif’s hair. Oh, and how he tells the story is paramount! This naughty Trickster not only tricked and messed around: he had fun with it, until he was caught, that is. Although we can see him as a pure trickster messy character, we discover that Loki is quite innocent. He is discovering how things work in Asgard, and in doing so, he is encountering society rules; rules that he is unaware of because he comes from a place where there aren’t such rules to begin with.
That’s right: all his drama is to be like a kid who is discovering the world for the first time, and realizing that it’s all set on rules that others can break when they want and he cannot. A world when they use him for certain needs, but he cannot complain. A world in which being different is distateful. All his endeavours, his mischief, starts from an innocent place and gets worse as time passes by. But why?
If you cannot trust anyone around you, if you cannot find your place in society, if whatever happens is going to be your fault, either if you were the cause or not; what do you have to lose? Why should you belong? In these lessons, Loki is just realizing how rules in Asgard work, and how little in common he has with them. Not only he is the smartest around, he is also seen as a foe for the most part.
So, who is to blame for his mischief? Only him? Or are the Aesir also to blame for it?
Next: we’re reading all about Freya’s Necklace in Loki : Nine Naughty Tales of the Trickster. Join us during this Loki Year 2016! Get Loki!
What we know so far: