Loki+Sigyn Picture

The story goes that for the death of Baldr, Loki was eventually caught and bound to what is ambiguously held to have been a tree or a rock by the intestines of his son. His consort Sigyn held a vessel over him to catch the venom that dripped from the serpent recling above, but when it is filled, she has to empty it, leaving Loki in agony with the poison free to drip onto his face. This also serves as an additonal explanation for the seasons, when for a time of year during which Sigyn is away disposing of the venom, the whole world is engulfed in winter, brought down as Loki's curse or in sympathy for his pain.
Christian writers recording the traditional eddas and myths seem to have deliberately used the already ambivalent details of the myth to omit one particular of Loki's binding. Some stories hold that Loki was crucified in stocks between three boulders through which holes are hewn like beads; his legs stuck through one and his arms each through one of two others. The Mythological symoblism of the crucifixion posture corresponds to the action of binding to a tree, so Loki could have done either or both and it would mean the same thing. Christian writers would have prefered that he do neither.

This was not intended as a self-portrait, but a good reference model for decrepit mutilation is my own malformed ribcage and spine, so with some alteration to the face and hair of Loki it was fitting that the divinity to which I myself am consort be the model for Sigyn.

The bachgroungs of the left and right halves are Nilfheim and Muspellheim: the abyssal frozen wasteland and the igneious pyre which were the two halves of the universe before the emergence of life and creation of Ygdrasil.
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