|Loki Bound by M.E Winge shows Loki chained to rocks|
beneath a poisonous snake. His wife, Sygyn, holds
the bowl for him.
"But Sire, he was not here,"one of the lesser Gods, Hel ventured out bravely only to shrink back in fear at the rage in Odin's eye. "We followed all your instructions to bless every object that would harm your beloved son, Blader."
"All but one," Odin could not contain the pain in his voice. "Bring Loki to me."
Soon Loki, the evil trickster was brought in front of everyone. No one had seen Loki before. Not because he was invisible but because he was the master in disguise. Sometimes he was a bird or an animal but mostly he loved dressing like a woman. - he could come and go as he pleased, raising no suspicion, leaving only a trail of a tingling laughter. Just when a secret was being buried by the Gods, Loki the trickster, would be there to snatch it away and expose it to the world.
But today he was in his own self - no disguise would save him from the wrath of Odin, so he did not bother to hide. Seeing his handsome original face, a gasp echoed amongst all the maidens in the assembly hall. One look from Odin and a hush settled down.
"Why?" Odin came straight to the point."Why did you kill my son, Balder?"
Loki looked shocked. "Balder is dead ? Oh woe befall us!"
"Stop the dramatics. Tell us why?"
"But I was not here at all." said Loki. "you can ask anyone if they had seen me."
"We all know you had dressed up as the giantess Thokk and urged the blind God Hodr to throw the mistletoe at Balder."
"Hehhheh." Loki's laughter echoed in the hall, stunning everyone with his boldness. "How can a mistletoe kill the mighty Blader?"
"Because you knew it would be the only thing that would pass though his body since it was not blessed by the Gods."
"How would I know that?" Loki asked calmly, sure that no one would know about his role in this great tragedy. But Odin knew everything for the great seer of the underworld had told him everything. From the death of his son to...
Before he could say anything, Loki transformed into a bird and flew away. Odin ordered the winds to trace his flight and just when Odin was catching him, Loki turned into a salmon and hid in a waterfall. But Odin captured him with a fishing net and with one quick movement tied him up to Narfi, Loki's own son. Now one would ask what is so great about this .
Well, Narfi is one of the most dangerous serpents alive. No man or God could bear his dripping venom. Odin tied him to Narfi and fastened Narfi above Loki's head. its poison dripping down, tormenting the mischievous God.
At this point, Sigyn, Loki's beloved wife, reached there and begs Odin to release Loki. Odin didn't want to but feeling pity for Sigyn, grants her the permission to try stopping the poison from reaching Loki.
Sigyn tries her best to collect her son's poison in a bowl but in intervals she had to pour it in the waterfall and rush back again to collect the poison. Every time she removed that bowl, drops of the poison would fall on Loki's head and he would writher in pain. It's said that his every writher, would cause an Earthquake.
How did Loki escape this? Well stay tuned :P
Note: Loki is the most complex character in Norse mythology. He is an enigmatic figure, capable of trickery and deceit, who sometimes sided with the gods, at other times with the giants. Often Loki betrayed the gods, but, equally often, he helped them resolve their problems – many of which he had created in the first place. A perfect MIL :P