Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 10:26 pm
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.)
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.
( Rambly thoughts on Loki and the Skywalkers of Star Wars under here. )