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In my Norse Mythology class, we read a particularly horrifying story called "The Binding of Loki". For those who aren't familiar with it, here's the synopsis - Loki (the trickster god who's been working against the gods in various ways) becomes paranoid that the other gods are going to finally get their revenge on him. He's right. After trying to escape from them, they chase him into a cave where his wife and two sons are. They turn one of the sons into a wolf and kill the other. They use the latter son's entrails to bind Loki, and the entrails turn into iron. Then they put a poisonous snake above him and leave him there. He doesn't escape. Not until Ragnarok. His wife stays with him and holds a bowl over him so the snake's venom collects in it instead of landing on him, but it's still horrible, especially since I actually liked Loki a lot (as did most of the class). The worst part, in my mind, is that if the myth was true, then Loki's still like that even today.

It was shaking me up more than a myth should (although I attribute that to the fact that I'd been going through some personal stress around the time that I heard it), and I had to get it out of my system. The way I did that was through doing a drawing of it. I got this mental image when we read it, and I drew it. It's not very detailed (as you can see), but when I drew it, I put more detail in Loki and his wife instead of the snake or their surroundings. That's because I get over this myth by thinking about that part, how the wife is loyal enough to do what she can to make his situation bearable. I think I take this myth too seriously. But I'm glad I found a way to deal with it.
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