fialleril: [Sigyn has a crush on all the Lokis] (Lady Loki)
Or, Trickster Courtship, A Slice-of-Life

I blame/credit [livejournal.com profile] hermaion for the fact that I finally finished this one: our discussion of our mutual love for milkmaid!Loki definitely encouraged me.

Title: The Raven and the Milkmaid
Characters: Sigyn, Loki, Heimdall, Freyja, Sleipnir
Rating: PG I guess?
Word Count: 5,267
Summary: Freyja's necklace has been stolen, Heimdall is on the hunt for Loki, and Sigyn is just trying to milk the cows in peace. And maybe outsmart a trickster while she's at it.
Warnings: No real warnings, but lots of shameless flirting. Also shapeshifting.
Notes: Set pretty soon after Something there is that doesn't love a wall, with a few references to that story, but you don't really need to read it first. More notes at the end of the fic.

The Raven and the Milkmaid )
fialleril: [Something there is that doesn't love a wall] (Sleipnir's mothers)
Browsing through a used book store this afternoon, I decided to take a look at some older books on Norse mythology for the lulz, and came across a real gem.

(It came from this book, in fact, in its original printing.)

In the course of a retelling of the story about the building of Asgard's wall, the author informed his readers that the giant building the wall was doing so with the help of a mare, and that, in order to distract the mare, Loki turned himself into a stallion, and that the other horse gave birth to Loki's son Sleipnir.

Because Loki can be a horse, sure, no big, but GOD FORBID Loki should be a woman, or (horrors!) give birth. We have got to protect Loki's precious masculinity, am I right?

It's funny because I feel like Padraic Colum is going out of his way to "protect" Loki from the accusation of being unmanly, which is basically the Aesir's favorite accusation against Loki in the mythology. 'Cause there's no worse insult than being called female.

Ha ha ha ha fuck you.
fialleril: [my favorite shapeshifting genderqueer trickster] (Loki)
Loki is the Snape to Balder's Dumbledore.

Think about it. Everybody knows Ragnarok is coming, and when it comes, all of the elder generation of male gods are going to die. The only ones who survive Ragnarok are a) exiles (Hoenir), b) children (Magni, Modi, Vidar), or c) already dead (Balder, Hodur).

So Balder dies well before Ragnarok, misses out on the battle and blood and death and all-consuming fire, and comes back to life just in time to find the world reborn, a blank slate just waiting to be ordered afresh, and himself the heir apparent of the gods, with basically no one to challenge him for the status of chief god.

And he'd be a good ruler, too. Unlike Odin, he's renowned for his justice and fairness as well as his wisdom. If Loki is the sort of trickster who wants to balance the scales by burning everything to the ground and starting over, Balder is definitely the guy to start over with. But in order to ensure he'll be around to start everything over, he has to die first. Loki is both the person who ensures that Balder dies, and the person who ensures that he stays dead - that is, stays in Hel, where he is safe from Ragnarok and in place to take the field once the world is reborn.

Surely someone has written this, internet? Don't tell me I'm going to have to write it myself!
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Default)
So awesome that I had to write some poetry to express how I feel?

Yes. Also, pictures. )
fialleril: [Na-Ekkreth the trickster] (Anakin)
Or, step one in my evil plan to convince my Star Wars nerds they should get on this Norse myth thing already.

So, some clever soul over on tumblr has already posted a link to the "Luke Skywalker as a take on Loki (who was called the Skywalker)" meta. (Yes, Loki was a Skywalker first. I have a cross-mythos theory that he stole Hermes' winged sandals once, and - that's a story for another day.)

Thus:

i was reading this and the comment that luke skywalker was "luke s. - lucas" caught my eye because i always thought that luke skywalker was a take on loki sky-traveler, the norse god of mischief who was born to an evil giant farbauti ("cruel striker") and was associated with magic (the force) and had tried on several occasions to overthrow the aesir (evil empire) by forming an alliance with the giants (who had been previously overthrown and condemned by the aesir and would be analogous to the rebel alliance) in norse mythology he was also directly responsible for the death of balder, the god of light (death star?) who was completely impervious to everything as a result of the other gods making everything in existence promise never to harm him, save one plant, the mistletoe. loki then tricked one of the other gods into throwing a mistletoe dart directly into balder's heart thus killing him. this is somewhat similar to luke having to fire his missile into exactly the right spot in the death star which caused it to explode.

the only difference being, while loki was then caught and tortured for the rest of eternity, luke lived happily ever after.

(source)


Rambly thoughts on Loki and the Skywalkers of Star Wars under here. )

a wild meme appears

Monday, June 27th, 2011 02:18 pm
fialleril: [still my favorite film Holmes] (Basil of Baker Street)
Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] elle_white, because it's about time I do something not Loki-related on this journal I guess.

Give me a top 5 (any top 5) and I will comment with my top 5 with reasons.
fialleril: [my favorite shapeshifting genderqueer trickster] (Loki)

An Apple for a Mother
by ~Hellanim on deviantART

Holy wow, you guys, I have never inspired art before. Askdjlakjdkap I am just going to sit here and key smash for a while because this is literally perfection.

Uuuuggggh, my life's work is complete, LET ME DIE, etc.

(I seriously need to join tumblr so I can post these things in an appropriate setting but whatever whatever I'll get to it.)
fialleril: [when the time comes to let it go, to let it go] (to live in this world)
I had intended to write about the theft of Thor's hammer and Thor's adventures as a bride in Jotunheim, but as Freyja was involved I got caught up in her and ended up writing a character study, which also turned into a slice-of-life fic once Loki got himself involved (as he usually does). Anyway the point is that Freyja is the actual greatest, and here is a fic.

Title: Numbered Among the Aesir
Characters: Freyja, Loki (Freyja/everyone)
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 1636
Summary: For all their differences, they have a certain understanding: Freyja of the Vanir and Loki of the Jotuns.
Warnings: implied incest (Freyja/Freyr), possible values dissonance
Notes: Title is from Gylfaginning in reference to Loki. Further notes at the end of the fic.

Numbered Among the Aesir )
fialleril: [my favorite shapeshifting genderqueer trickster] (Loki)

The Wedding Preparations
by ~Hellanim on deviantART

Perfect depiction of this myth, yes. Thor is so disgruntled! Also, Loki, tone yourself down, lady! You are outshining the bride!

I love this artist so much. They did the pic in my icon as well. If you have not already checked out their DA, you should do so!
fialleril: [Something there is that doesn't love a wall] (Sleipnir's mothers)
Norse myth fic!

I am pretty sure this is the longest one shot I've ever written. For [livejournal.com profile] veriond, [livejournal.com profile] starfoozle, and [livejournal.com profile] dagor_hamster. Shapeshifting, genderqueer Loki and her son Sleipnir, all in one fic, with bonus Sigyn/Loki UST.

Title: Something there is that doesn’t love a wall
Characters: Sigyn, Loki, Sleipnir, Odin, Thor, Heimdall
Rating: PG
Word Count: 6659
Summary: “I have little love for walls,” Loki says. “They’re meant only to keep what’s interesting out, or worse, to keep the monsters in.”
Notes: Set right after the building of Asgard's wall, and mainly references that myth. With apologies to Robert Frost. Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] starfoozle for the beta.

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall )
fialleril: [y'all don't know 'bout my flawless logic] (T'Pring)

Loki Gaga
by ~starfoozle on deviantART

[livejournal.com profile] starfoozle made me a Loki is Lady Gaga pic. For great justice, of course, and also because it is practically canon. As I said to her, I feel like Loki!Gaga might actually be real life canon. I mean - everything makes sense! The utterly bizarre behavior, the genuine intelligence and cleverness, the sneakiness of her messages, the way she uses sex to talk about things that aren't sex at all, the way she's totally just trolling the music industry at least half the time... I'm half convinced this is true!

Also, apparently it is my lot in life to make [livejournal.com profile] starfoozle draw me arts of various characters as Lady Gaga, but whatever, I'm okay with this.

some things

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 05:23 pm
fialleril: [my favorite shapeshifting genderqueer trickster] (Loki)
So I have finally gotten around to joining the Archive Of Our Own (AO3), after lurking and reading fic there for ages. I love their tagging system.

I've only uploaded my most recent stuff and the older stuff that I like best, but here is my page over there. I'm Fialleril, as always. (Why mess with a thing that works, right?)

Also, on a totally unrelated note, this shirt is the most perfect and accurate summary of Norse mythology ever:



Make Loki fix it is the answer to all the problems.

(I...I kind of want this shirt. Someone stop me. I mean, where would I even wear it?)
fialleril: [someday perhaps I will write that AU about warrior!Sif and fosteredJotunPrince!Loki] (Sif/Loki)
Welp I finally saw that Thor movie. And I'mma talk to you about it, but first, there are some things you should probably know about me. 'Cause if you're expecting a balanced account of this movie, well I'm sorry, but you're going to be disappointed. Be warned: you are gonna hear a lot about Norse mythology, as well as the Marvel characters. I'm sorry; I just can't help myself.

So the first thing you should probably know is that I love mythological Loki the most. I know I've mentioned this before, but you don't even understand, internet. If I had to narrow all of the most foundational narratives in my life down to two - two narratives that have been with me for as long as I can remember, that I keep coming back to always, that have pretty much shaped who I am as a person - they would be these two characters/narratives: Persephone, and Loki. I met Loki as a kid, long before I knew words like genderqueer or ambiguity or even trickster, but he caught my imagination instantly. He knew all about the power of stories, and he had a quick tongue and a sense of fun and adventure and he could get out of anything. Loki's defining characteristic is this: when presented with an either/or choice and told that he has to choose, Loki says no. Both hero and villain, both Jotun and one of the Aesir, both man and woman, both mother and father, both human and horse and fly and seal and whatever the hell else Loki wants to be. For a kid who saw herself as fundamentally non-gendered, but who was constantly being pressured to be female (and to be female in a certain way), Loki's ambiguous, gender-fluid narrative was ridiculously powerful. Still is.

What this means, among many other things, is that I can and will love all versions of Loki I come across, regardless of mythological accuracy or actual portrayal of ambiguity. There are more than enough narratives out there that portray him as flatly evil, but whatever, I just reinsert the ambiguity myself.

So pretty much what I'm saying is that this review is gonna be all about Loki. Also possibly about how Odin is the worst ever. Seriously. I once held a contest for myself to see whether Zeus or Odin was the greatest tool of all time ever, and it was a close thing, but Odin won.

So, you know, just clearing up expectations. By this point you know whether you want to read this or not.

Probably some spoilers under here. Also lots of feelings. )
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 )

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