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Loki Year 2016: Balder’s Return

And here’s another episode of Loki Year 2016! Today we’re reading all about Balder’s return from Loki : Nine Naughty Tales of the Trickster. In this tale we find all the Gods mourning the death of Balder. It was Loki the one to plot his death. Although all the Gods know it was Loki, they still think what to do next. And while they’re gathered to mourn Balder, suddenly he appears through the door. But, he is dead, and it’s very unlikely that Hel lets him free. However, he explains to them that he’s out for a while, but that he has sworn an oath and must return soon.

One by one he greets and one by one tells them a different fate from the one told by Odin. They all wait for Balder’s death to trigger Ragnarok, but his comforting makes them happy again. So, one by one, explain to him their fate, and one by one listen to the new happy one and embrace it.

But, where’s Loki?

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Loki seems to be smart enough not to attend the mourning since he caused it in the first place. However, Balder does something unexpected! He goes next to a servant and slits his throat open. Then, his shape shifted to that of Loki’s! And just before any of the Gods can get his hands on him, he disappears flying away.

So, what’s reality and what’s a lie? Which is the real fate they must face? Is this the beginning of Ragnarok?

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Next: we’re reading all about Idun’s Apples and the Marriage of Skadi from Gods of Asgard : A Graphic Novel Interpretation of the Norse Myths. Let’s get Loki!

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What we know so far:

1. Loki Year 2016: the Intro + downloadable pdf: go here.
2. THOR, the movie.
3. Who is Loki?
4. Lokabrenna, let there be light!
5. Sif’s haircut.
6. The Avengers.
7. Modern Myths, Loki is a Geek and Thor is a Jock.
8. Loki is never fitting in…
9. Freyja’s Wedding.
10. Thor: The Dark World.
11. The worse environment of all.
12. Messing around.
13. Freyja’s necklace.
14. The Creation of the World.
15. Knowledge is power.
16. Loki lips are sealed…
17 to 21. Buildings and War.
22. Thinking about Murder.
23. The treasures of the Gods.
24. The dream Wizard.
25. Weddings and Fans.
26. Loki’s cute children.
27. The binding of Fenrir.
28. Celebrity Culture.
29. Valhalla.

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