|Loki in Gods of Asgard|
EE - I really love Loki, despite his faults. He’s a really, really clever guy who can sometimes act impulsively and sometimes be cold and calculating, but he’s always simply trying to amuse himself. He’s a sociopath, narcissist and “social engineer.” He’s used to being the smartest guy in the room, and it bores him. I also love that people connect him with fire. I know it comes from a false cognate with Loge, but he is very much like fire – lots of capacity for warmth, lots of capacity for destruction, and it must be tamed and kept in check at all times or it will consume and destroy you.
KS - You write that Loki “loved to stir up trouble, to keep himself entertained. Loki always seemed to be testing everyone, and testing their patience.” This also sounds like a description of Odin as he is portrayed in the Edda. Did you play up similarities in their characters to emphasize a logical reason for their blood-brotherhood?
|Odin & Loki in Gods of Asgard|
KS - In “The Marriage of Skadi,” you make the story of Loki and the goat very clear, without the use of pictures. That’s a difficult tale to tell in a family-oriented book!
|Loki, the goat & Skadi in Gods of Asgard|
|Loki - before & after - in Gods of Asgard|
|Loki & Hel on Naglfar by Erik Evensen|
KS - You write that “the gods cannot deal with Loki without stooping to his own level.” What does this say about Norse conceptions of godhood?
EE - I think it’s really more of a statement on humanity and a cautionary tale about dealing with enemies. But it also serves as an indicator that the Norse gods are much more human and fallible than other gods in other cultures.
|Freya in Gods of Asgard|
|Freya & Odin in Gods of Asgard|
|Hel in Gods of Asgard|