Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Remembering The Gods - Sigyn

Sigyn, Loki's dutiful wife.

We don't hear of her much nowadays, as Loki has become known as a handsome villain (or anti-hero) that doesn't seem to do well in relationships. When she is mentioned in contemporary books, it's often as a woman who fawns all over her husband and gets to be quite annoying.

But what kind of woman would be married to the likes of Loki?

The old myths always portray Sigyn as being completely devoted to Loki, being the only one of the AEsir who was so obviously in love with the Jotunn among them. But she was an AEsir, and that would hardly make her a delicate little flower.  While some tales claim that Loki wasn't the greatest husband in the world, how would he really feel about a woman who accepted him for who he was and made such great efforts to comfort him in his times of need?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Remembering The Gods - Tyr

Tyr, the God of War.

He is often over-looked in modern times while Odin is now credited for being the wise warrior. When he is mentioned, it's usually as being the great hero who goes into battle on the side of all that is good.

But what would a god of war really be like?

A being whose chief purpose is to indulge in wholesale slaughter couldn't possibly be too pleasant to be around. Even losing his right hand didn't stop him from indulging in his favorite activity.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Remembering The Gods - Balder

Balder, The Beautiful

Today he is thought of as being the super-model of Viking lore, a pleasant gentleman with a gentle soul that everyone just loves to be around.

Does that really sound like someone the Asgardians would love?

It is true that the old myths feature Balder as a man so beloved by (almost) everyone that promises were made by everything in their world that nothing would ever cause him harm.

But what would make such a man so popular in a world where violence and feasting were the most favored pastimes?