Important thing to remember when reading Norse mythological materials: you’re not reading eyewitness testimony. The writings aren’t the product of the Gods physically manifesting in front of a scribe, who promptly wrote them all down.
We’re talking about oral lore that was only written down later. These are stories, told between members of the same culture and time period to one another, and thus products of that time period and culture. They’re going to appear in the contextual framework of that setting, and that includes whatever problematic things were a part of the culture in that time period.
Or, to put it in another way, who’s telling the story? Look at fandom debates, for instance. People may say they like, oh, Captain Kirk. Someone else may jump on that fan, basing their dislike of the character on the Reboot stories where Star Trek is more problematic, while the fan might be thinking of the older stories. Same sort of deal with Doctor Who fans who might have liked some seasons, but began to dislike the character interpretations when a new person took over and steered the show in another direction.
The texts are, in a very real way, treating the Gods as characters. Yes, we’re deriving information about the Gods and various other things through these stories, but you have to remember these are stories, and the storytellers have an impact on what is being presented and how it is being presented.
Þingblót to Þórr, Brown County State Park, 9/13/14
I’m not; those pictures were of my partner’s set-up. She uses them because…she likes them, I guess, although she knows the MCU characters aren’t much like the actual deities. I actually have a couple of tiny Loki figures near my altar, too, because Loki used the image of MCU Loki to teach me an important lesson once.
My partner also has more “legit” statues and busts of some of the various Gods and Goddesses, including Óðinn. But the Marvel figures are the ones currently on her altar, and The Gods certainly don’t seem to mind.
Iceland falcon, Coloured figures of the birds of the British Islands, 1885
My partner’s current Facebook status:
And today, I have to say thank you to Loki.
Two years ago: I really wanted a particular table for my altar, but being broke, couldn’t afford to go buy it. Couple of days later, there it was outside my building despite not having told anyone I wanted it.
Yesterday: I found a giant mushroom that grew where I poured out Loki and Odin’s offerings at a tree.
Last night, I jokingly said to [villieldr] that it would be nice if Loki could send cash as well.
When I check the mail today? Cash. Yup. Envelope with cash. So, um, thank you, Loki?
She told me privately that she received an envelope in the mail containing five crisp, sequential one-dollar bills.
What. The. Fuck.
if anyone remembers the story that was making rounds a while back about a 19 year old discovering the solution to cleaning up the pacific garbage patch, that project launched a fundraider which now has 7 days to reach it’s goal.
crASHES THROUGH THE WALL BECAUSE I HEARD SOMEBODY NEEDED MONEY TO CLEAN THE OCEAN
I was wondering what happened to this. everyone help out if you can at least spread it, looks like he only needs 8% and there’s only 4 days!
ONLY ONE PERCENT LEFT AND TWO DAYS TO GO! DO IT FOR NJÖRÐR
I had never seen this and I found it on Youtube and it is THE most terrible thing ever.
Dave Willis parodies it really well in DoA.
Oh hey, it’s our ninth anniversary! Funny how those things sneak up on you. XD
get the fuck outta here psalty
Was anyone else who was raised Protestant made to sit through endless videos of this abomination and his zombie child followers? Even when I was still pretending as hard as I could to be a good little Christian girl, I knew that Psalty was just plain fucked up.
I still get those songs stuck in my head sometimes. Ugh.