If Ideas Had Shapes

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Category: Myth

Snorri Sturluson – The Younger Eddas (ca. 13th century)

“After this, the gods despaired of ever being able to bind the wolf; wherefore All-father sent Skirnir, the messenger of Frey, into the country of the Dark Elves (Svartalfaheim) to engage certain dwarfs to make the fetter called Gleipnir. It was fashioned out of six things; to wit, the noise made by the footfall of a cat; the beards of women; the roots of stones; the sinews of bears; the breath of fish; and the spittle of birds. Though thou mayest not have heard of these things before, thou mayest easily convince thyself that we have not been telling thee lies. Thou may have seen that women have no beards, that cats make no noise when they run, and there are no roots under stones. Now I know what has been told thee to be equally true, although there may be some things thou art not able to furnish a proof of.”

“Binding the Wolf Fenrir”

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Snorri Sturluson – The Younger Eddas (ca. 13th century)

When they came he threw the serpent into that deep ocean by which the earth is engirdled. But the monster has grown to such an enormous size that, holding his tail in his mouth, he encircles the whole earth.

“Of Loki and His Progeny”

Snorri Sturluson – The Younger Eddas (ca. 13th century)

…the mansion, called Sessrumnir, is large and magnificent; thence she sallies forth in a car drawn by two cats.

“Of the God Frey, and the Goddess Freyja”

author unknown – The Elder Eddas (ca. 13th century)

No disease is worse to a sensible man than not to be content with himself.

author unknown – The Elder Eddas (ca. 13th century)

Moderately wise should each one be, but never over-wise; for a wise man’s heart is seldom glad, if he is all-wise who owns it.

(sound like anyone we know?)

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology (2017)

Loki’s green eyes flashed with anger and with admiration, for he loved a good trick as much as he hated being fooled.

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology (2017)

“I have persuaded him to return it to you, but he demands a price.”
“Fair enough,” said Thor. “What’s the price?”
“Freya’s hand in marriage.”
“He just wants her hand?” asked Thor hopefully. She had two hands, after all,…

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology (2017)

Odin watched it with his one eye until it was lost on the horizon, and he wondered if he had done the right thing. He did not know. He had done as his dreams had told him, but dreams know more than they reveal, even to the wisest of the gods.

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology (2017)

At this the gods all nodded and grunted and looked impressed. All of them except for Freya, and she looked angry. “You are fools,” she said. “Especially you, Loki, because you think yourself clever.”

Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology (2017)

So now you know: that is how the gods got their greatest treasures. It was Loki’s fault. Even Thor’s hammer was Loki’s fault. That was the thing about Loki. You resented him even when you were at your most grateful, and you were grateful to him even when you hated him the most.