Research means answers! No, wait; more questions
AUGH I had a post and then I somehow - I don’t know - reloaded the page or hit SOMETHING and it is ALL GONE. fuck.
This page, which I had to get from the Internet Archive because the original is no longer online, has an interesting Top Ten Misconceptions About Loki, which I really wish had even more detail, because honestly it raised more questions than answers.
Which reminded me of one of my favorite quotes related to Loki, from Wikipedia:
In her review of scholarly discourse involving Loki, scholar Stefanie von Schnurbein (2000) comments that “Loki, the outsider in the Northern Germanic pantheon, confounds not only his fellow deities and chronicler Snorri Sturluson [referring to the Prose Edda] but has occasioned as much quarrel among his interpreters. Hardly a monography, article, or encyclopedic entry does not begin with the reference to Loki as a staggeringly complex, confusing, and ambivalent figure who has been the catalyst of countless unresolved scholarly controversies and has elicited more problems than solutions”.
I’m bummed that site is dead; there are loads of other articles and writings that look intriguing, but they aren’t in the Wayback Machine. curses. And I really should not stay up late running web searches to find other copies of them.
I did find this, which I should not stay up to read all of but probably will anyway.
Here’s how I feel about research at the moment:
I’m saving this webpage to my files like RIGHT NOW.
I may never solve the puzzle of just what my Northern European ancestors believed, but I am going to savor and enjoy every new bit of information that comes along.