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Quick Lokasenna thoughts

We're starting out our restarted lore study group with Lokasenna tomorrow. I like Lokasenna, it's in my all time top 5 favorite pieces of lore. so obviously I'm looking forward to it. We had some discussion about whether to just dive into the text (I think we'll have at least 5 different translations at the group) or to have some background discussion first, and I think we decided on the latter.

(Lokasenna, for the non-heathen on my FL, has as its basic plot the following: Loki goes to a feast at Aegir's hall. He makes trouble and is thrown out on his ear. He then returns and insults everyone in sight, and things come out about his own ill deeds as well. Finally he leaves, tries to make an escape but is captured and tied to a rock with a serpent dripping venom over his face. That's putting it simply, I don't have an Edda at hand. :))

It's an entertaining read, without a doubt. But the interesting bit to me is how controversial it seems to be within the modern heathen community. It's probably the single most common piece of lore for people to simply discount altogether, and it's not uncommon for people to pick and choose from within it--I've heard folks who insist that everything Loki says about the others is a lie, while insisting equally strongly that everything bad said about Loki himself is true (although certainly Loki isn't very imaginative when it comes to insulting the goddesses, he pretty much calls them all sluts and leaves it at that!).

Personally, I like it, but then I'm not a literalist when it comes to the lore. There's a lot in there, including an interesting take on the difference between Aesic and Vanic morality.


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