I was finally able to crack out my drawing tablet today (I had to wait until a chair arrived and was assembled so i could actually sit and draw instead of drawing on my lap).
This portrait is of Neumia de Lacy from Awaken the Stars written by @deadcatwithaflamethrower which is fab and everyone should read it ASAP. I based her design off @poplitealqueen face claims which were perf.
So, in the legends, Loki's kids got punished for his crimes. I mean, was that actually a thing in Viking society? If so, that's a shitty thing to do.
For the most part the viking age punishment process was pretty straightforward.
1. someone does a shitty thing
2. family or individual directly affected by said shitty thing asks for compensation, generally in the form of weregild– a sum of monies or goods to make up for the loss suffered
3. person who did shitty thing pays weregild, or their friends/family/representatives convince the aggrieved party to accept some other form of remuneration
4. person who did shitty thing does not pay up and is typically sentenced to outlawry, often a three year sentence, wherein said person is required to fuck off outta Iceland or risk being killed on the spot, legally, should any of this person’s enemies find them out and about
Big issues and long standing feuds or political problems were often brought to the Alþing each year for evaluation by the lawspeaker and the attending Goði. But punishments didn’t typically get creepy/fucked until the church came along– then we see stake burnings, drowning of adulterous women, beheadings and hangings, all taking place at Þingvellir on the reg.
In other words, no, there is no Viking analog (that I am aware of) for Loki’s particular type of punishment. The transformation of Váli/Narfi into a wolf and the use of Nari and/or Váli’s entrails as chains, plus the use of live snakes– these motifs seem to reflect the older legendary tradition [look, for instance, at Guðrun killing her young sons and feeding them to Atli as blood mead, in their own skulls– and Gunnar playing the heart in the pit of venomous snakes, all part of the Volsunga poem cycle]. Sigyn waiting with Loki and allaying the effects of the venom could be seen as a kind of bridal sacrifice– she joins her husband in the other world, as the women who are burned with their husbands in early texts [Ibn Fadlan´s Rusiyah, for example] but I think that analogy is a bit of a stretch. The slaughter of the two sons is more typical: in the sagas we see men killing sons of their enemies after their own sons have been killed by said enemy. In this way Nari and Váli´s deaths do ring a bit true with Viking age recompense– Loki killed Óðinn´s son, Óðinn kills his. That´s my take on it anyway.