Loki and madness

Since there have been mentions of Loki and madness, I thought I’d recommend an essay which is an interesting read:
“Madness” by Elizabeth Vongvisith.
She writes about two of Loki’s aspects: as patron God of “crazy” people, and as the Mad God.

Before I read this essay, I browsed the internet for stories about Lokeans’ experiences with Loki, and I was struck by how many mentioned that they had struggled with, or were struggling with, mental issues, often depression. It seemed to me that Loki had an affinity with people with mental illnesses.
Loki as a patron God for the mad? I found this very interesting, being one of the “mad” people myself…

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2 Responses to Loki and madness

  1. I kind of always thought of it this way Loki may have dished out some mayhem, but he also took allot of abuse. Loki had one child killed, one turned into a wolf who went insane after killing his brother, one who was chained up and went nuts as a result, while his other two kids were feared and banished. Even the circumstances surounding the birth of one of his kids would have been cause for some anger, Loki was forced to come up with a particularlly personally uncomfortable scheme to save Odin’s butt when he made a bad deal with the giant building the wall, but hey it’s just Loki we’re talking about he probably enjoyed the horse sex and giving birth to an 8 legged colt (all the moms on the board are cringing right now with good reason because we know that had to have hurt…allot) Then of course his good buddy ends up with the eight legged bundle of “I bet that really had to hurt”. Loki had reasons for having some grievances with the gods. Plus it was always everything that went wrong was Loki’s fault, and he had to fix it but when things ended up turning out good or even better after on of his misadventures he never even got a thank you. All of that pent up resentment would eventually cause someone to start to have some issues. Add watching one child be killed by the other, and being bound and tortured for centuries while watching your beloved and faithful wife suffer with you and yeah you might just end up a few fries short of a happy meal after all is said and done.
    I think this made Loki sensitive to others who have been through the wringer, he knows exactly what it’s like to be mistreated, mistrusted, and looked down on because you are different. The Aesir looked down on Loki for being a Jotun, for being different, society looks down on and treats people badly for having a mental problem, for being different in some way. Loki gets it and I think it’s very much a case of like calling to like when he decides to become the patron diety of another tortured soul.
    Is Loki himself mad well I wouldn’t say he’s exactly raving, or well he isn’t most of the time, but yeah it is there in his aspect of Breaker of Worlds, that Loki is pretty much mad as a hatter. The part of him that watched his child die and was bound in that cave isn’t real healthy mentally and who can say they’d be any saner after going through all of that. Yes his main aspect is that of the Trickster he also has an affinity with fire and change/chaos and even the hearth. Loki has so many sides it could be argued he suffers from multiple personalities, although I think it is more likely to just be his nature as a trickster god and an agent of change that is the reason for his having so many aspects. I think Loki may chose people with mental problem because he understands them and their struggles he gets it because he’s been there too.

  2. Darkamber says:

    “fyrechylde”‘s comment in Lokeans:

    Personally, I agree with Elizabeth. Not everyone will though. IMHO, it depends on the person’s perspective (or what they’re willing to see) and what Loki is willing to reveal.
    In the five years of being His, I have rarely seen Him as the Mad God and I will have to admit that I am grateful for that. It’s immensely terrifying as well as heart-breaking.
    Is He the patron God of madness…well, I guess that depends on what you consider “madness”. I do, however, believe that like does call to like, and that He can be draw to those who have walked those twisted roads (though not as deeply as He has).
    Regardless, I do believe that since He has experienced such extreme trauma and tragedy that He can aide a friend in dealing with hard times. He can show you how to balance the madness and find sanity where you least expected it.
    Perhaps He is a God of Madness, but to me, it’s because He understands all aspects of it and can teach you how to live with it and even learn from it.

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