Welcome to another chapter of the Loki Year 2016! Today we’ll discover that Loki and snakes don’t compute. Loki is famous for not liking snakes very much, especially if they let poison into his eyes. But before we explore Loki’s allergies, we’ll take a look at Thor’s journey to Utgard and Thor’s duel with Hrungnir from the eyes of Gods of Asgard : A Graphic Novel Interpretation of the Norse Myths. In Thor’s Journey to Utgard and Thor’s duel with Hrungnir, Thor plans to go to Jotunheim and fight Jotuns on the ground. Loki, of course, asks him to reconsider. Thor was going to go alone, but then he lets Loki join the fun. Because there’s a long journey ahead, they stop for dinner in a nearby farmhouse. Because it’s a penniless family, they have no meat. So, Thor offers one of his goats. They regenerate at night, so there should be no problem, right?
However, the farmer’s kid sucks the marrow, and so one of the goats regenerates with a broken leg. So, Thor decides to take Thjalfi and Roskva as servants. These are the kids of the farmers. On their way, they find a cave-hall, and they sleep there. But, alas, there’s what seems to be an earthquake in there, and they all get out. But, it’s not: it’s a Jotun! A giant one. They use him as a guide, but alas he tricks them!
Once in Utgard, they find Logi, the king of the Jotuns. And so, Thor defies him. Logi then asks that Thor wins three tasks: eating, drinking and fighting an old lady. But he fails. All the tests he fails in front of his human servants!
Let’s follow up a little bit this comic. The next story is Thor vs the Midgard Serpent. Thor, beaten, decides to go back to Jotunheim, and this time, he goes alone. He arrives at a home, and a Jotun offers him shelter. The next day, the Jotun goes fishing. And so, Thor goes with him. But alas, he catches the Midgard Serpent! Revealing who he is, he strikes the serpent and the Jotun dies (but not the serpent). It’s obvious that Thor doesn’t know how to make friends at all.
Next, we’ll take a look at focal vocabulary, identity and stereotypes outside and within Loki’s Army from Geek Anthropology of Loki’s Army. Focal vocabulary is composed of words used by a group of people. For example, Loki’s fans might use Thorki to describe the relationship between Thor and Loki. It might be a bromance or even more. (You can find focal vocabulary related to Loki’s Army here.) Identity as a fan might be tainted with such words too. Identity and stereotypes within the fandom and outside the fandom might collide. For example, some fans might find that those who ship Thorki as a romantic relationship are devious, while others might find these fans totally normal. Shippers are fans who are more interested in relationships than other things related to their fannish object (in this case, Loki). Some fans find shippers to be at the bottom of the social pyramid of the fandom. Thus, stereotypes of shippers arise within Loki’s Army.
Loki’s Army is a diverse fandom that has very different types of fans converging on it. There exist stereotypes living inside the Army. Thus, we can find a type of fannish social pyramid within the fandom. Not everyone agrees, but unfortunately, stereotypes and stratification might occur naturally from the dynamics of the fandom.
In the lessons 9 to 12 from the third book of the Gospel of Loki we discover why Loki has such an allergy to snakes! Odin condemns him to suffer the venom of a snake! He is shackled and spell-bound to a rock. On top of him, a serpent takes all the chances to throw its venom onto his eyes. It’s an overwhelming torture for Loki, obviously. His wife, Sigyn, tries to help him by putting away as much venom as she can. But she doesn’t help him to escape at the beginning. Loki states:
Punishment is futile, of course. IT doesn’t stop crime, or undo the past, or make the culprit sorry. In fact, all it does is waste time and cause unnecessary suffering.
Instead of making Loki weaker, it made him even stronger and more eager to bring Ragnarok unto the Gods. So, Loki, instead of becoming a shadow of himself, he is full of hatred against all Asgard. And so, between suffering and suffering, Loki forged a cunning plan.
Next: we’re reading all about Thor vs Geirrod, Ottar’s Ransom and Balder’s Dream from Gods of Asgard : A Graphic Novel Interpretation of the Norse Myths. And more!! Let’s get Loki!
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.
30. Balder’s Return.
31. Loki Year 2016: Idun’s Apples & the Marriage of Skadi.
32 to 34. Loki Year 2016: Beauty, Jewels, Love, Trickery and Fame.
35 to 38. Loki Year 2016: Keep Calm and Join Loki’s Army.
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