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Maybe he actually did. Hypothesis 1. The Dwarven Arts According to The Unmanly Man: Concepts of Sexual Defamation in Early Northern Society, Preben Meulengracht Sørensen is convinced, for some reason, that Loki's milkmaid service "must certainly be taken to mean that Loki served as mistress to giants or trolls," which he qualifies by adding that the "...


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According to an annotation by translator Henry Adams Bellows, There exists no account of any incident in which Othin and Loki thus swore blood-brotherhood, but they were so often allied in enterprises that the idea is wholly reasonable. The common process of "mingling blood" was carried out quite literally, and the promise of -which Loki speaks is ...


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Quoting from a footnote on one version of the Lokasenna, There is no other reference to Loki's having spent eight years underground, or to his cow-milking. On one occasion, however, he did bear offspring. A giant had undertaken to build the gods a fortress, his reward being Freyja and the sun and moon, provided the work was done by a given time. His sole ...


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There is their visit to Regin in Reginsmál; this is part of the background for the story of Sigurd, known from the story fo the Völsungs. Odin, Loki and Hœnir are on a journey. Loki kills what he thinks is an otter eating a salmon; the other two approve and they make abag of the skin. Later, they visit Hreidmar, who was the father of Otr, who had taken the ...


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Loki's insults in the poem Lokasenna aren't necessarily truthful. The Norse, like other medieval people including the Scots and the Inuit, had a traditon of insult contests called flyting that served to show off verbal cleverness and channel agression. There are many examples of this in Norse sagas, where people insult each other in ways that aren't even ...


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If you read stanza 33 and 35 you'll have more clues. Hymir's daughters are the names of different waves. In Hymir's poem they travel to Eliwaves. The water in Eliwaves gets heated (the source of Hvergelmer) by Muspelheim. If you cross Eliwaves you will come to the kingdom of giants. Urine contains inorganic salts etc. So, if the daughters (i.e. waves) do ...


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IMO, this is a reference - with the gods being ignorant of the total facts - of the time Loki must have spent in Járnvid ('Iron-wood') with Angrboða. Consider that the two have three children; if Loki has gone away for eight years and returned with three kids, the Æsir (knowing the truth of Sleipnir) may easily assume that Loki had borne them himself, or ...


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In the first chapter of “Demonology and Devil-lore”, Moncure Conway proposes that Loki's reminder to Odin in the Lokasenna suggests the two gods may have originated from the same primitive concept; that they once were the good and evil side of the same coin: The intermediate processes by which the good and evil were detached, and advanced to separate ...


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