Chapter 13 | Page 7

Coal those angry faces are never gonna work on Arne.

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Discussion (23) ¬

  1. I can’t decide what’s funnier, Coal’s complete and utter frustration with how this conversation is going or Arne’s innocent delight that he guessed right and that Loki is in his home.

    • *road to El dorado “Both” gif*

      • I thought the exact same image lol.

    • Foiling Coal’s attempts to be intimidating are certainly more fun for me. :D

  2. Oy, you didn’t play it chill Coal. If instead of threatening him you had shot the idea down, you may have changed his mind. You just confirmed it for him. But then again, this way you can prevent him from sharing his theory with others.

    • He kinda ruined it when he yelled “LOKI” within 30 seconds of Arne’s arrival too.

  3. [Coal Rage]

  4. This is going to be a wonderful dynamic, isn’t it.
    Poor Coal… *evil grin*

    • Poor Coal… I’ll grab the popcorn :)

    • Wonderful for us. :D

  5. Oh boy, little bro has one over big bro! That smile! I have seen that so many times on kids faces. Including Coals. That resigned ‘here we go’ look.
    Coal needs another beer and a hug. Probably a whole keg. and forget the hug. I think he is still in the touching is yuck age… or did young Northern warriors just skip that phase????
    Still Coal is not scaring Arnie, not by a long shot.

    • Coal isn’t averse to touching, but overexcited children probably aren’t fun for him either way. :3

  6. So ecstatic, like wow, I got to meet this cool dude Lokieeeee!!!

    Give him a little room to go fan-boy, Coal.

  7. So question. Is Loki the god of Fire? I know he is in D&D. It makes sense. In D&D, Loki is Chaotic Evil or Chaotic Neutral. Fire would make sense as the element of chaos. However, does he rule over any elements of nature in actual Viking lore?

    • If I remember correctly, worship of Loki was closely connected to fire, and I think he was connected to fire in some legends, too. However, I don’t think he necessarily “ruled over” the element.

      Also there’s a myth regarding him, Thor, and I think Odin, in which Loki ended up actually competing against fire personified? So… yeah. He’s connected to, but isn’t the god of, fire. :)

    • They didn’t have natural elements associated with specific gods, as far as I know. Thor had “thunder” and Njord had the sea, but Loki being a jotun basically made him a god of “chaos”. Fire can be pretty chaotic, so I wouldn’t be surprised if some association was made between them. However aside from the myth Alethia describes (where Loki competes in an eating contest against fire personified and loses), I’ve never read him as having a special connection to fire.

      If there is one it’s probably post-Vikings, and since all the myths we have were written by Christians, maybe someone down the line was like “Loki’s a devil figure! The devil lives in hell! Hell is full of fire! Therefore Loki equals fire!” We’ll probably never know, or I just haven’t read about it yet, hahah.

      • That is fascinating though. (I’m trying to wrap my mind around having an eating contest with, what? A fire spirit? A fire elemental? I assume the fire “ate” things by incinerating them). We do know that traditions varied from region to region. I assume the stories were often told differently from tribe to tribe. Every retelling of a story changes the meaning somewhat even IF it’s a word for word retelling. Even emphasis on certain parts can change people’s perception of a story. I wonder if the legends really were as consistent as we think they are.

        • It’s hard to say! Scandinavia was pretty chopped up, and most of what we know about the mythology comes from what Snorri Sturluson wrote down in the 13th century, and he was in Iceland. So he would have heard the Icelandic versions that had been passed down from the original settlers a couple hundred years before, and most of those settlers were Norwegians. The Vikings, for whatever reason, didn’t see a need to write down their stories (which they could have done, as they had a writing system). I’m reading a book that said those stories were probably easier to pass down orally because of the frequent use of kennings. Those would be pretty unique, so they’d be easier to remember. So, because their oral history may have been more consistent, it’s possible what we have is pretty close to the stories the Norwegians, at least, told each other. It’s pretty fascinating to think about!

          • Huh, that IS fascinating!

  8. Also I forgot that Coal called Loki by his real name in front of Arne and that Arne saw Loki’s real eyes. Good thing I reread the whole story. XD

    • Loki is the god of mischief and change. He seems to be a catalyst to most incidents in the sagas.

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