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FOR ANYONE WHO WANTED THE TRANSLATION OF WHAT ODIN SAID IN THE UPDATE!!

“Jotun Modir…”

What seems to be happening is Odin is speaking in his native language after being woken up, which seems to be a mishmash of anglosaxon runes and english letters. (headcanon confirmed nice) 

Jotun is the ancient Norse for giant, and Modir was the mythological figure who gave birth to the Jarls, so Odin’s saying Giant Mother??? 
EDIT: It’s PROBABLY Odin saying it like an exclamation i.e “mother of god…” or something like that, you know aye, he’s had a rough week to be fair.

“Oth’s Bride” is the Goddess Freya. This verse is about how the Giants often clamored for Freya and sought to win her as a prize.

On a more personal level this piece is about the feeling of
being desired or wanted by other people, those who “like the giants” are outside your tribe, outside your inner circle; be it sex, art, business, or otherwise. It’s about the obligations we choose and those we do not. Sometimes it feels like everyone is grabbing for you and if you’re not careful you could be left stripped bare.

Mythological Throwback Thursday: Kraken

It’s Mythological Throwback Thursday! This week we’re cracking the case of one of the most fearsome sea monsters of all time. In the icy waters of the far north, we seek the Kraken!

The Kraken (from the Norwegian word krake, an approximate translation of which would be ‘twisted creature’) is a gargantuan and mysterious aquatic beast. The first clear record we have of this legendary creature is from Örvar-Oddr, a 13th-century Icelandic saga, in which it was referred to as the hafgufa. It is said to be large enough to swallow whales and ships; indeed it was claimed to be possible to sail through its mouth.

Early scientists speculated that the Kraken was incapable of reproduction, for their numbers were so small. Compared to an island in size, it was said that they lured in vast shoals of prey-fish by regurgitating part of their previous meal, and then swallowed them up. Eugh. This disgusting tendency was nevertheless also a lure for fishermen, who sought the bounteous hauls of such a swarming.

Tales of the Kraken may have been influenced by the story of the Greek sea monster, Charybdis. Both creatures are told to generate vicious whirlpools that could easily sink ships, and both have gigantic, monstrous forms and appetites.

Norwegian Erik Pontoppidan, 18th-century bishop of Bergen, said that the Kraken could pull down even the largest warship with its tentacles. The consensus among 18th-century investigators was that it was a type of gigantic cephalopod, a colossal octopus or squid, but earlier descriptions pitched it as more of a crab-like or whale-like being.

Tales of gigantic sea monsters have petered out as we have learned more about the ocean depths and the areas in which they might hide from us have shrunk. This hasn’t diminished their presence in fiction though: the Kraken had a prominent role in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and features in works by Tennyson, Melville, Jules Verne and China Miéville. As a mysterious, powerful and deadly being of alien intelligence and shape, it seems the appeal of the Kraken will not soon disappear to the depths…

Thanks for taking the plunge with us! We look forward to seeing you again next week for another Mythological Throwback Thursday!

I know I Shouldn’t (Part 11)

Loki x OC

Warnings: Language, violence, angst

A/N: This series if starting to get close to ending, I hope everyone has enjoyed it! If anyone would like to be tagged in any future Loki updates, let me know and I’ll add you to the list. I do not always post them regularly, there can be weeks inbetween, and I don’t want anyone to miss out. Oh, and also, I would love it if anyone would like to check out my novel! Haunted, by Kelly Madison can be found on Amazon for three dollars, and there’s an excerpt you can read to see if it’s your thing or not.



I sat in the chair in Eir’s healing quarters, watching as she moved around the room. She was hustling, trying to gather all the healing tonics she had in reserve, making more as quickly as she could.

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Mythological Throwback Thursday: Kraken

It’s Mythological Throwback Thursday! This week we’re cracking the case of one of the most fearsome sea monsters of all time. In the icy waters of the far north, we seek the Kraken!

The Kraken (from the Norwegian word krake, an approximate translation of which would be ‘twisted creature’) is a gargantuan and mysterious aquatic beast. The first clear record we have of this legendary creature is from Örvar-Oddr, a 13th-century Icelandic saga, in which it was referred to as the hafgufa. It is said to be large enough to swallow whales and ships; indeed it was claimed to be possible to sail through its mouth.

Early scientists speculated that the Kraken was incapable of reproduction, for their numbers were so small. Compared to an island in size, it was said that they lured in vast shoals of prey-fish by regurgitating part of their previous meal, then swallowing them up. Eugh. This disgusting tendency was nevertheless also a lure for fishermen, who sought the bounteous hauls of such a swarming.

Tales of the Kraken may have been influenced by the story of the Greek sea monster, Charybdis. Both creatures are told to generate vicious whirlpools that could easily sink ships, and both have gigantic, monstrous forms and appetites.

Norwegian Erik Pontoppidan, 18th-century bishop of Bergen, said that the Kraken could pull down even the largest warship with its tentacles. The consensus among 18th-century investigators was that it was a type of gigantic cephalopod, a colossal octopus or squid, but earlier descriptions pitched it as more of a crab-like or whale-like being.

Tales of gigantic sea monsters have petered out as we have learned more about the ocean depths and the areas in which they might hide from us have shrunk. This hasn’t diminished their presence in fiction though: the Kraken had a prominent role in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and features in works by Tennyson, Melville, Jules Verne and China Miéville. As a mysterious, powerful and deadly being, it seems the appeal of the Kraken will not soon disappear to the depths…

Thanks for taking the plunge with us! We look forward to seeing you again next week for another Mythological Throwback Thursday!

Thor, the Cross-Dresser

One morning, Thor awoke to find his hammer, Mjolnir (“Lightning”), missing. This was no small matter; without the thunder god’s best weapon, Asgard was left open to the attacks of the giants. In a rage, he searched everywhere for his most prized possession, but it was gone.

The goddess Freya owned falcon feathers, with which one could change one’s shape into that of a falcon. She lent these to Thor and Loki so that the hammer could be found. Loki, who knew how to shift his shape, donned the feathers and flew off in search of the treasure. He quickly surmised that it had probably been stolen by the giants, so he rode the winds to their homeland, Jotunheim.

Upon his arrival, he changed back into his god-form and approached the chief of the giants, Thrym (“Noisy”). When questioned about the hammer, Thrym answered that he had indeed taken it and buried it eight miles below the ground. And, added the lonely, ugly giant, he had no intention of returning it until the goddess Freya was made to be his bride.

Loki flew back to Asgard and told this news to his fellow gods, who were alarmed and furious – especially Freya. As they sat in counsel, Heimdall put forth the following solution: that Thor go to Jotunheim disguised as Freya, and thereby win back his hammer and take vengeance on its thieves. Thor protested, saying that this was a dishonorable and unmanly thing to do, and that all of Asgard would mock him for it for the rest of his days. Loki pointed out, however, that if he didn’t consent to Heimdall’s plan, Asgard would be ruled by the giants, so Thor agreed.

No detail was spared in assembling of Thor’s bridal dress. After the humiliated god had donned the costume, Loki, whose specialty was tricks, offered to go with him as his servant.

The pair climbed into Thor’s goat-drawn chariot and made their way to Jotunheim. When they arrived, they were welcomed by Thrym, who boasted that the gods had at last brought him the prize he was due.

At dinner, Thor and Loki found themselves in trouble. Thor single-handedly ate an entire ox, eight salmon, and all of the food that had been prepared for the women – as well as many barrels of mead. This made Thrym suspicious, and he declared that he had never in his whole life seen a woman with such an appetite. The trickster Loki quickly devised a response: “The fair goddess has been so lovesick for you,” he claimed, “that she hasn’t been able to eat for a week.” Thrym accepted this answer, and was overcome by a desire to kiss his bride. When he peeled back the veil, Thor’s eyes glared at him so intently that they seemed to burn holes right through him. He exclaimed, “Never have I seen a maiden with such frightfully piercing eyes!” Loki, the master of deceit, explained to the giant that while Freya had been unable to eat, she had also been unable to sleep, so fierce was her longing for him.

The ceremony soon followed. As was customary, Thrym called for the hammer to hallow their union. When Mjolnir was laid in Thor’s lap, he grabbed its handle and slew first Thrym, then all of the guests before contentedly returning to Asgard and changing back into his preferred clothes.

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Loki

Loki is a very complex and interesting god in the Norse mythology who is connected to lots of symbolism.
He is mostly known as a trickster with a sinister nature, dubious, though smart, handsome and graceful looking. Besides this, he is the god of fire, heat and lightning.
His name comes from the icelandic word “loki” which means raging flames, fire. His name origin also explains his double nature: sometimes benevolent, sometimes evil.
Fire as a controlled, helpful power and tool and on the other hand uncontrolled, chaotic and destructive.

“Beneficial is the might of flame,
when through human hand guarded, tamed…
but dreadful is heavens force and strength,
when teared and ripped from its chains.”

(Sorry for bad translation here, couldn’t find anything really fitting)

The symbolism continues with Lokis origin, though there are different versions of his race.
Most suggest that his parents were giants and that Loki gained entrance to Asgard by winning Odin’s friendship by becoming blood-brothers. Some sources also call Loki the evil half of Odin.
His father’s name is Farbauti (the dangerous beater) which would be the lightning.
His mother is named Nol or Laufey (the needle from a tree/ dry leaf).
When the lighning hits the dry leaf of a tree, fire is born. This origin also explains that Thor and Loki are often depicted as companions: Thunder and lighning.
Loki has excellent magical powers of shape shifting; not only into any beast but he is also able to change genders.
A giant demanded the sun, the moon and the beautiful goddess Freya for building a wall around Asgard. So Loki took shape of a mare to distract the giant’s stallion Swadilfari who carried his supplies, to prevent the wall to be ready at the deadline. Thereafter Loki, still being the mare, bore Odin’s swift steed Sleipnir.

Other children of Loki have a more evil nature. The giantess Angrboda (bringer of sorrow) bore him Hel - the Queen of the Dead, the Midgard serpent Jormungand and the wolf Fenrir.
In the final battle, Ragnarök, Loki reveals his true nature, which is chaotic and evil and he and his enemy Heimdall kill each other.
There is no direct proof of the worship of Loki, though - after Odin and Thor - most of the songs and poets deal with Loki.

Since Loki is such a complex figure I left out a good deal about him, if you want to know more about him, just go ahead and ask.

Rán from The Rhinegold & the Valkyrie, Arthur Rackham  [1910]

Norse giantess of storms and the drowned dead, known for pulling sailors under the waves to their deaths.

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YOU ARE UNWORTHY of these realms. you’re unworthy of your title. you’re unworthy of the loved ones you have betrayed.

In Norse mythology, the giants are set up as diametrically opposed to the gods: the evil balancing out divine moral rightness. Loki’s one wish – to be worthy – is an impossible one because he cannot honestly imagine a world where he is both worthy and fully himself, and so he doesn’t try. He conflates his Jötunn heritage and his unworthiness, convinced that all his chaos and cruelty and madness are simply in his nature. And if he can’t be Thor’s equal in this respect – if worthiness will always be out of his reach – then he will settle for watching the world burn. He will do incredible evil, because he’s a master of it. Because he can be great, even if he cannot be good.

Thor Goes Fishing

The gods had arranged a lavish feast with Ægir (“Sea”) and Ran (“Robber”), two gracious and hospitable giants who dwell beneath the sea, and who are two of the most mentioned giants in Norse mythology. Ægir and Ran offered to host the banquet, but only if the gods could provide them with a kettle big enough to brew mead for all of the invited guests. The gods knew that, of all the beings in the Nine Worlds, only the giant Hymir possessed a cauldron large enough for this purpose. Thor, the brawniest and bravest of the gods, as well as the one most accustomed to dealing with the giants — not all of whom are as friendly to the gods as are Ægir and Ran — volunteered to go get this cauldron from Hymir.

Upon the god’s arrival at his house, Hymir slaughtered three bulls for provisions for the two during Thor’s stay. The giant was shocked and dismayed, however, when Thor ate two of the bulls in one sitting to assuage his legendary hunger, just as Thrym was when Thor ate nearly all of the food at a wedding feast. “Because of this,” the angry giant declared, “we will need to go fishing in the morning for food for tomorrow.”

In the morning, Hymir sent Thor to go get bait for their hooks. Thor went to Hymir’s pastures and slaughtered the biggest of the giant’s remaining legendary bulls, intending to use the head as bait. Hymir was now more irritated than ever at the rash youngster, but he hoped Thor’s strength and daring would be of help on their deep-sea fishing trip.

The two got into the boat, with Thor in the stern. The god rowed them out to Hymir’s usual fishing grounds, where the giant, to his delight, caught two whales. But then, Thor began to row the boat further out from land. His companion grew fearful and demanded that they row back at once, “because,” he reminded Thor, “Jormungand lurks below these wild waves.” Thor, the age-old enemy of that monstrous sea serpent, refused to listen to Hymir’s reason.

At last, Thor dropped the oars and cast his line into the water. After an ominous silence and calm, Thor felt a mighty tug on his line. As he reeled it in, a violent rumbling shook the boat and whipped the waves. The giant grew pale with terror, but Thor persisted. His feet were planted so firmly in the bottom of the boat that the planks gave way and water began pouring in.

When the serpent’s head, with the hook in his venom-dripping mouth, at last came up above the water, Thor reached for his hammer. At this moment, Hymir panicked and cut the line. The howling snake slunk back down into the ocean. Thor, enraged at having missed this opportunity to end his greatest foe, heaved Hymir overboard.

Thor, with the two whales slung over his shoulders, waded back to land, picked up Hymir’s cauldron, and returned home to Asgard to prepare for the feast.

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