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

I blame/credit [ 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 )

icons // stock

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 11:26 pm
fialleril: [small, swift, and clever] (ermine)
Escaping the heat at Barnes & Noble again, so have some more stock icons!

[18] tea & food
[13] home & architecture
[9] ermines/stoats
[6] greek sculpture

[x] Comments are nice. :)
[x] Credit [ profile] fialleril.
[x] No hotlinking!
[x] Textless icons are not bases. Please do not alter.
[x] Resources are here.


the rest under here )
fialleril: [when the time comes to let it go, to let it go] (to live in this world)
Third in my series of character studies of Loki's monster children using riddles from Tolkien's The Hobbit. This one is Hel's (which you can tell because it's definitely the longest).

Previous parts: Fenrir | Jormungand

Title: comes first and follows after
Characters: Hel
Rating: PG
Word Count: 863
Summary: Hel is born in the shadow between the stars.
Warnings: passing reference to potential body horror Loki eating the witch's heart (highlight to read)
Notes: Hopefully it will be clear enough, but Hel refers to Angrboda as "mother" and Loki as "mama" (I've combined a couple of myths here - highlight that warning text and you'll know which ones).

comes first and follows after )
fialleril: [some day I will visit here] (Iceland)
It's been ages since I made a graphics post over here, but I went to Barnes & Noble to escape the heat today and ended up making some icons. I am in the midst of my annual and perennial longing to visit Iceland, but since I cannot afford that, I made some icons instead. Also some Norse mythology icons. By which I mean Loki and Sigyn, of course. So here they are!

[x] Comments are nice. :)
[x] Credit [ profile] fialleril. Additionally, if you use one of the art icons, please credit the artist!
[x] No hotlinking!
[x] Textless icons are not bases. Please do not alter.
[x] Resources are here.


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the rest under here )
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: [here there be monsters] (mystery and wonder)
Remember that series of character studies on Loki's children I started, using Tolkien's riddles from The Hobbit as a lens? Here is the second one, about Jormungand, which was definitely the trickiest one to write.

(The first one, about Fenrir, is here.)

Title: and yet never grows
Characters: Jormungand
Rating: PG
Word Count: 555
Summary: His father hates walls, but Jormungand laughs at them.
Notes: The riddle for this one isn't quite as obvious, but I am using the actual answer to the riddle, "mountains," as a metonym for "the foundations of the earth." The title is a bit delightfully ironic, since of course Jormungand is famous for his never ending growth spurts.

and yet never grows )
fialleril: [a sword age, a wolf age] (wolf)
Yes, more Norse myth stuff.

I have started a series of short fics about each of Loki's three monster children, taking a metaphorical look at them and riffing on Tolkien's riddles from The Hobbit. It started with this one, when I realized that this riddle fit Fenrir quite well, and its answer gave me a whole new way of understanding the all-devouring wolf and his meaning and importance in the mythology.

There will eventually be a riddle fic for Jormungand and Hel as well, and most likely a bonus one for Loki too. (Go ahead, guess which riddle from The Hobbit he is. I think it's actually pretty easy.)

Title: this thing all things devours
Characters: Fenrir
Rating: PG
Word Count: 570
Summary: Fenrir remembers everything.
Warnings: references to canon torture
Notes: Yes, all the verb tenses are deliberate. This was loads of fun.

this thing all things devours )
fialleril: [a fire that will burn the world] (Sigyn and Loki)
So here is a fic that I actually posted on and AO3 quite a while ago, but now that I'm back to LJ I wanted to post here, too.

Title: the shining mead is brewed
Characters: Narvi, Vali, Hel
Rating: PG
Word Count: 910
Summary: Oh, thinks Narvi, and rubs at his stomach. When he pulls his hand back, there’s blood on his fingers and coated thick under his nails. I’ve had the strangest dream.
Warnings: character death, implied torture
Notes: This is a slightly surreal take on what happens to Loki and Sigyn's sons after they're killed when Loki is bound. I especially had fun fleshing out my view of Hel (both person and place).

the shining mead is brewed )
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.)


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. )
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (everything I have ever learned)
Title: the birds have all flown away
Characters: Nerthus (Freyr and Freyja's mother), implied Loki at the end
Rating: G
Word Count: 200
Summary: They call her a widow now, although her husband still lives.
Warnings: Background incest (Njord/Nerthus)
Notes: Companion piece to Numbered Among the Aesir

the birds have all flown away )

a wild meme appears

Monday, June 27th, 2011 02:18 pm
fialleril: [still my favorite film Holmes] (Basil of Baker Street)
Stolen from [ 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 [ profile] veriond, [ profile] starfoozle, and [ 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 [ profile] starfoozle for the beta.

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall )

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. )

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