fialleril: [Sigyn has a crush on all the Lokis] (Lady Loki)
So I'm surfing around the interwebs, finding out some things about Marvel!verse Thor (I still haven't seen the movie, but hopefully tomorrow or Monday). And apparently Laufey is Loki's father in the Marvel verse? And also king of the giants?

Anyway, this interests me because mythologically, Laufey is Loki's mother. His father is the Jotun Farbauti. The fact that Loki is called by his mother's name rather than his father's most likely indicates that she was of significantly higher social status.

Very little is known about Laufey, but it seems most likely that she was originally a goddess, probably one of the Vanir (the fertility gods, more or less - they also tend to have stronger associations with magic). Laufey means something like "full of leaves," while Farbauti means "dangerous striker," that is, "lightning." So Loki is, essentially, the fire that springs up when lightning strikes a tree.

I don't actually expect the comic verse to bear any resemblance to the mythology, so I'm not gonna get all hung up on it the way I might with certain other fandoms that claim to be mythologically accurate. It's its own universe, whatever, it's cool. But, I confess, I am kind of amused that the fierce frost giant king of Marvel is named "Leafy Tree Top."

And also, I now kind of love the idea that Loki's gender-shifting (in mythology canon, of course) is something that runs in the family. The Vanir are probably every bit as awful about it to Laufey as the Aesir are to Loki. It would be nice for them both to have somebody else who understands how they relate to gender, though. Except that, unfortunately, all indications point to Laufey being dead for the main body of the mythology. (Given the imagery of lightning striking a tree, it seems most likely that she died in childbirth.)

tl;dr: The moral of this post is: I think I have just talked myself into a headcanon about Loki's shapeshifting genderqueer mother. Oops?
fialleril: [Mama always said they were trouble] (dead boys bearing fruit)
Haven't even started packing for my trip yet, and already I've written a prompt. Wow, I feel so productive.

This is for [livejournal.com profile] sehre, who requested Hermes, Persephone, and the river Styx. Also for [livejournal.com profile] yavie_namarie, who wanted some Hades/Persephone where Hades is sympathetic. That may well get its own fill later, but in the meantime this is definitely applicable.

Title: The Cattle of the Sun
Characters: Persephone, Hermes, Hades (Persephone/Hades)
Rating: G
Word Count: 575
Summary: Hermes is a scoundrel, a trickster, and a thief, and Persephone would never want to change that. She is getting tired of the cows, though.
Notes: References are made to a number of myths, but particularly the Homeric Hymn to Hermes. This is ridiculously schmoopy. Also, somewhat dependent on my conviction that Hades is every bit as much a trickster as Hermes, just quieter about it. Depending on your interpretation of the mythology, this might be borderline crack.

The Cattle of the Sun )
fialleril: [my favorite shapeshifting genderqueer trickster] (Loki)
And no one cares! Whoops. Oh well, I guess this is my life now. At least the muse is back.

Title: both/and
Characters: Loki, Thor, Njord
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Summary: Loki is a shapeshifting genderqueer trickster. These things happen.
Warning: For the Aesir being awful to anyone who doesn't fit neatly within the gender binary.
Notes: Inspired by a couple of comment threads in this post, about Loki's queerness and relationship to the entire concept of gender. Also by Lokasenna, in which Loki insults the other gods, and their standard comeback is basically, "Well, at least I'm not a womanish god who's borne children!" This is just a short drabble and only scratches the surface of the concept, but I may expand on it someday.

both/and )
fialleril: [a fire that will burn the world] (Sigyn and Loki)
Talked myself into it after that last post. But wow it feels good to write something again.

Title: Faithful Sigyn
Characters: Sigyn, Loki, mention of Odin
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 961
Summary: Sigyn is a badass. A screw destiny take on the binding of Loki and the coming of Ragnarok.
Warnings: Since this takes place after the binding of Loki, reference is made to many of the horrible things that happened then. So, potential trigger warning for torture, murder, child abuse, and gore.
Notes: This probably won't make much sense without at least a cursory familiarity with the myths, but if you really want to read it anyway, I'd recommend checking out my last post here for background first.

Faithful Sigyn )
fialleril: [my favorite shapeshifting genderqueer trickster] (Loki)
So hey there internet! Uh...long time no see? Yeah, sorry about that.

Someday soon (really!) I will make a legit, f-locked tighter than Alcatraz post about the incredible hornet's nest of ridiculousness that has been my life in the last couple of months, but right now I do not have the emotional energy to do that, so we'll just say that the semester is over and graduation was yesterday and today and I gave the invocation at yesterday's ceremony so that was good.

Anyway there will be more later but for right now I want to talk to you about Thor.

I have not actually seen Thor yet. In fact I'm still unspoiled about it at this point, and my knowledge of the comics is pretty minimal, so. BUT. I am totally going to see it soon, and I am definitely going in with some expectations, because I love mythologies the most (THE MOST, OKAY), and I have so many feelings about mythology of all kinds, but especially Greek and Norse.

So this post is gonna be a rambling list of my expectations going into this movie, and all my feelings about Norse mythology. You can already tell the kind of rambling this is going to be, so I'm just gonna make a cut here and you can skip this nonsense if you want!

all kinds of feelings under here )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (emphasis on the super)
Specifically: Megamind and surprisingly decent Greek mythology based teen lit.

First up, Megamind. A movie I have been anticipating for months! I finally got a chance to see it today, and oh goodness, what was that? A movie that actually lived up to my own personal hype? That was actually as enjoyable as I imagined it might be? WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE WORLD?!

This will mostly be squeeage but here is a spoiler cut just in case! )





And now here's where it gets crazy. You guys remember this amazing discovery of mine? Teen lit about dweeby teenage Greek gods?

So. Uh. I maybe might have bought that book. You know, on a whim. Like you do.

And I maybe might kind of like it.

Here, let me defend. )
fialleril: [Mama always said they were trouble] (dead boys bearing fruit)
But I'm not feeling it tonight. So instead, feast your eyes on this:



I'm pretty sure this is the most accurate depiction of Hades ever produced. He is a giant ridiculous dweeb.

(He pays Hollywood types to cast him as a badass villain in an effort to combat this reputation, but none of the other gods are falling for it. When he shows up at parties the other gods are like, "LOL, nice movie dweeb." :( But it's okay 'cause Persephone is a badass goddess who likes dweeby dudes.)

Now in case you are wondering, "Fia, what is this incredibly amazing thing you have found? No, seriously, what is it?" I will tell you! Apparently they are writing Greek mythology based teen lit these days! Here is an Amazon link!

I admit I'm dubious as to the quality (lol you saw that cover right?), but at the same time, I am kind of tempted! (I mean, you did see the cover!)

icon meme time

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 04:56 pm
fialleril: [Mama always said they were trouble] (dead boys bearing fruit)
There's a kid outside my office window swearing "by the River Styx, Zeus' beard, and the hind legs of Cerberus." All possible arguments anywhere in the world are hereby invalid.

Also, here is an icon meme snagged from [livejournal.com profile] elle_white.

1. Comment to this entry saying 'ICONS!' and I will pick 7 of your icons.
2. Make an entry in your own journal and talk about the icons I picked!


my answers under here )

Attack of the Mandos

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 06:15 pm
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (team fail)
Oh noes! It's another Clone Wars snark fest!

And only two days after the episode went up online. What's going on here, Fia?

Spoiler: I'm bored.

here there be spoilers for Duchess of Mandalore )
fialleril: [Mama always said they were trouble] (dead boys bearing fruit)
In "Clash of the Titans," the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.

(source)


So many things are wrong with this that I hardly know where to begin.

1. I submit to you that Clash of the Titans is not a thing that can be remade. Possibly even the filmmakers for this one realized that, which is why they changed the plot completely.

2. Hades (Ralph Fiennes). Ha ha ha WHAT? No seriously, WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THAT?

3. Actually, given the plot summary here, it might be more accurate to describe this movie as a remake of Disney's Hercules, rather than Clash of the Titans.

4. While I will admit I would actually love to see Hades unleash a zombie horde on the earth, the only time he ever threatens to do so in the myths is when Zeus steals his wife.

5. Speaking of mythological fail...apparently Perseus is not going to have any of the heroic exploits actually associated with him. Obviously they are old hat, and drama requires stealing plot devices from Disney inventing new ones.

6. Also...why in the world would Hades need to avenge himself on Perseus? They never even met! (Unless he's pissed that Hermes stole his helmet of invisibility and loaned it to Perseus. But since this Perseus doesn't appear to be going on any of his original adventures, that probably never happened in this universe!)

7. Also also...Perseus never did have any power as a god. So I guess he's out of luck.

8. This whole plot reeks of Hijacked by Jesus, Sadly Mythtaken, and more than likely Mythology Upgrade. (Because you all need some TV Tropes in your life.)
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Alyosha)
Nominations for fandoms for the Yuletide Fic Exchange are happening now! Here is the form!

Things I nominated: Greek and Norse mythology, The Brothers Karamazov, fairy tales, Blood Diamond, and Bible (New Testament). (The last mainly because of my desire to write semi-heretical midrash about the ladies of the Bible and be able to pass it off as fic.)
fialleril: [Mama always said they were trouble] (dead boys bearing fruit)
My community mate Emily and I were both home sick today, and feeling a little chilly, and somehow, Emily decided to take this pic on Photo Boothe.



I love my cloak, yes.

Also, for anyone who is geeky enough to know the Finnish Kalevala, this is among the coolest things ever:


Star Wars meets Kalevala
by ~avaruus-apina on deviantART

a meme!

Thursday, June 25th, 2009 11:20 am
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Alyosha)
Snagged this from [livejournal.com profile] lexy_opal. I've done a similar one for pairings, but this one seems more fun. ;)

List 15 of your favorite characters from different fandoms, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices, and if they're so inclined, to draw conclusions about you based on the patterns they've spotted.

1. Alexei Fyodorovich Karamazov [The Brothers Karmazov] | Shut up. It's a fandom if I say it is.
2. Frodo Baggins [The Lord of the Rings]
3. Luke Skywalker [Star Wars Original Trilogy]
4. Shmi Skywalker [Star Wars Prequel Trilogy]
5. Aang and Mai [Avatar: The Last Airbender] | I really can't decide between them, so they're both here.
6. Ba'el [Star Trek: The Next Generation] | Though if I had to pick a series regular, it would be Worf.
7. Evey Hammond [V for Vendetta]
8. Lúthien Tinúviel [The Silmarillion]
9. Nyota Uhura and T'Pring [Star Trek: The Original Series] | No, seriously. I can only conclude that so many people hate T'Pring because they're jealous of her flawless logic. And her awesome.
10. Edmund Pevensie [The Chronicles of Narnia]
11. Persephone [Greek Mythology] | Totally a fandom. It has a section on FFN and everything.
12. Nightcrawler [X-Men movieverse]
13. Cham Syndulla [Star Wars: The Clone Wars]
14. Paikea [Whale Rider]
15. Kiowa [The Things They Carried]

There's no Star Trek XI character here because I am completely incapable of narrowing it down to even two. It's a seven-way tie between Chekov, Gaila, McCoy, Sarek, Spock, Sulu, and Uhura. (And see, I have even alphabetized them because I couldn't decide what order to write them in!)

OTP meme, for the lulz

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 10:47 pm
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Spockblocked)
Yeah, I still don't have the meta done. It's...proving harder to write than I expected. But it will be written. At this point it almost feels like I need to write it.

Anyway, I thought I'd do that one OTP meme that's been going around, mostly because I'm in a weird mood and thought it would be hilarious. We'll see if I can even manage to find 10 OTPs.

It's maybe worth pointing out that I have a pretty strict definition of OTP: it means both that I can't imagine the two people with anyone but each other, and also that I have some interest in their relationship. (So, for example, I can't really imagine Aang ever loving anyone but Katara, but I also am not terribly interested in their relationship. It's just something that's there for me, so I wouldn't call them an OTP.)

Name your 10 absolutely favorite couples (het/slash/canon/fanon) and ask people to see what trends they notice about your couples. Try to pick different fandoms:

01. Owen/Beru, Star Wars
02. Bail/Breha, Star Wars
03. Mai/Zuko, Avatar: The Last Airbender
04. Spock/Uhura, Star Trek XI (Only XI, though. I honestly can't imagine TOS Spock with anyone.)
05. Azula/Ty Lee, Avatar: The Last Airbender (Well, okay, I can imagine Ty Lee with other people, but Azula's the one she always comes back to.)
06. Galadriel/Celeborn, The Silmarillion / The Lord of the Rings
07. Anabasis Anakin/Padmé, my Star Wars fanfic, LOL (They're only OTP for Anabasis, though. In canon and in other AUs, not necessarily, but Anabasis Anakin and Padmé survived the storm together.)
08. Obi-Wan/Jedi Code, Star Wars (It's canon, kids.)
09. Uh... Hermes/your mom, Greek mythology (Yeah, we're really scraping the bottom of the barrel now...)
10. Sly Moore/Taun We, Star Wars (Because...why not?)
fialleril: [This is the nature of war: it turns us into enemies.] (remember)
Snagged this meme from [livejournal.com profile] leia_naberrie and [livejournal.com profile] jedi_em.

I think the real purpose of this meme is for me to make everyone else feel better by demonstrating the sheer, obscene number of my WIPs. :P The meme itself:

Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations. No more than one sentence!

WIPs from Greek myth, Avatar, and Star Wars all mixed together under here )
fialleril: [tea makes everything better] (tea)
Ugh. I've survived about a week of a low-level flu: just enough to leave me sneezing and spending a lot of time in bed. I'm still feeling pretty down, but I thought I would let y'all know I'm alive.

Anyway, in the course of being sick I missed several awesome people's birthdays. So happy belated birthday to my pal [livejournal.com profile] niicoly and my LJ-sister [livejournal.com profile] starfoozle! Hope you both had great days. Feel free to request birthday icons or drabbles or whatever. :)

Also, because I was sick I spent some time vegetating with TV-things. And to my glee I discovered all the old episodes of Disney's Hercules TV show on YouTube. It was kind of epic, and filled me with many geeky mythology related lulz. (Even if there was a shortage of Hades at times, and definitely not enough Hermes. And if those two had ever been together in the same scene, the universe might have imploded from the awesome.)

And so, because I wonder how many people on the f-list are as geeky about mythology-things as I am, a poll:

[Poll #1352804]
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Ishmael Beah)
[livejournal.com profile] emmaorgana asked for some Luke and Leia icons:
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[livejournal.com profile] haydens_angel81 asked for some icons with Edward and Bella as Hades and Persephone:
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And [livejournal.com profile] limonchiik asked for a drabble about a U2 song. I chose the song "Numb," and in light of recent discussions I felt like revisiting my original fic Gilded Blue.

Title: Beyond the Bone
Rating: PG
Summary: Somewhere between Ishmael the boy and Ishmael the old man, there is a young soon-to-be father who can't remember the last time he saw a flower.
Word Count: 309
Notes: The title is a reference to a line from T. S. Eliot's poem Rannoch, by Glencoe: "Memory is strong / Beyond the bone." Also, I'm not saying you have to read "Gilded Blue" first, but it would definitely help!

There are nights when Ishmael can't sleep... )
fialleril: [my eyes are yours; they are not blue, but they're wide open] (martyr Kitster)
Well guys, I've finally cracked and done it. I've written Kitster Banai's life story.

Title:
Children of the Desert
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fialleril 
Characters: Anakin, Kitster, Shmi, Melee, Seek, Wald, Amee, Luke and Leia, and OCs, mention of Padmé and Obi-Wan
Time Frame: pre-TPM through post-ROTJ
Word Count: 6117
Rating: PG
Summary: They were the children of the desert, born for squalor and mystery.
Warning(s): some violence, situations of slavery
Notes: This fic combines my [livejournal.com profile] saga_6 claim with both the desert prompt and the ghosts prompt at [livejournal.com profile] neu_beginning. But it's also ridiculously long, so I thought I could get away with it. ;)

You can read it HERE at [livejournal.com profile] neu_beginning or HERE at [livejournal.com profile] saga_6.

fanfiction meme

Monday, December 22nd, 2008 09:16 pm
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Lando)
Taken from [livejournal.com profile] jedi_em and [livejournal.com profile] haydens_angel81. I feel like maybe I've done this meme or a similar one before? But what the heck.

meme time under here )
fialleril: [the ghost behind you] (orpheus & eurydice)
Or, The Sun-Girl and the Dead King: A Myth Retold
(In high school! With teenage angst! And musical numbers! Well, okay, not the musical numbers. Unfortunately.)

Yes, it's the Twilight post at last. As far as a review goes, I'll say only this:

Edward sparkles. With music.

That alone was totally worth my six dollars.

Also, it has come to my attention that there should be icons of something I said in my previous post. So:

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And on that note, some mythological analysis seems in order. And possibly some spoilers.

The Sun-Girl and the Dead King )

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