The topic for honoring Loki has been weighing heavily on my mind these past few days, but I didn’t truly know how to write it. I have been thinking about the relationship between Loki and the Aesir, specifically Odin. The impression I have gotten both from Loki, and from my dealings with Odin in the past.
Odin is bound by vows and codes of honor that prohibit how He might deal with the Jotans, the other Gods, mankind, and how his actions might affect the overall fabric of Wyrd connecting everything together.
His stories tell of Him searching every realm to further His knowledge and staving off Ragnarok. In binding His blood to Loki, this created a cyclical bond of order and chaos, each action influencing the other half of the bond.
Loki’s role in many of the sagas was bending the rules, stretching the limits, and working each side towards a goal that seems impossible or reality breaking. Each of His actions positively influencing a strength of another God or Goddess. Sif’s hair, Thor’s hammer, Odin’s spear, Freyr’s ship, and more.
Ever ready to step into create humor like when He made Skadi laugh, to provide a “convenient distraction” to bring Svaðilfari away from the wall around Asgard. Loki’s efforts to help the Aesir are mixed with a healthy dose of chaos and mischief, I think mostly because throughout the lore Loki doesn’t earn or win any specialized item for Himself, only for others.
But in the Lokasenna Odin breaks this bond by not allowing Loki to be toasted with Him at the beginning of Aegir’s feast, severing the threads of shared Wyrd that made Them blood-brothers. The binding of Loki afterwards, the destruction of His families, and the imprisonment or of His children seals the breaking of the bond between Odin and Loki. My impression is that now Loki and Odin travel Their own paths, apart from one another now.
The divide that I have sensed might be what is influencing any connection that I might have had with Odin.