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: [Spock disapproves of your poor life choices] (what is this even)
[Trigger Warning for: heteronormativity, heterosexism, asexual and aromantic erasure, slut shaming, gender essentialism, theological abuse.]

I should know better than to read anything on "singles" put out by a Catholic publication, let alone a publication like Our Sunday Visitor. And yet...sometimes I guess I just have to know what I'm up against.

I mean, this is only a tiny fragment of the horribleness:

Although it may be reassuring, in some ways, that today’s unmarried Catholics have lots of company in the single life, it’s also a problem. Never before have quite so many adults, Catholics or otherwise, delayed marriage quite so late in life. Some delay by choice. Others by chance. But marriage is delayed regardless. And the results are often less than rosy.

...

Even if a nice Catholic girl or boy is found, however, other problems often get in the way of marriage. Many nice Catholics girls and boys haven’t always been nice Catholic girls and boys. Some have made mistakes in the past that haunt them still.

Others bear the wounds of past breakups, divorce or misguided notions about career, family, personal responsibility, the meaning of happiness and the ends of marriage.

- Being single in the universal Church


Click the link if you want to appreciate how truly terrible it is, and commiserate in my pain.

... And people wonder why I'm not "out" in my church community.
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: [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: [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 )

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