Binding of Loki

And after that Loki hid himself in Franang's waterfall in the guise of a salmon, and there the gods took him. He was bound with the bowels of his son Vali, but his son Narfi was changed to a wolf. Skathi took a poison-snake and fastened it up over Loki's face, and the poison dropped thereon. Sigyn, Loki's wife, sat there and held a shell under the poison, but when the shell was full she bore away the poison, and meanwhile the poison dropped on Loki. Then he struggled so hard that the whole earth shook therewith; and now that is called an earthquake.

-Lokasenna, Bellows Translation

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Loki angered the Gods for the last time, was hunted down and eventually captured. Once taken Loki could not escape the might of Thor's great strength. Odin used his magic to turn Loki's son Vali into a wolf, who killed his brother Nari. Loki was taken beneath the earth and placed on 3 stones. Holes were made in the center of each stone, and Odin used Nari's guts, threaded through the center of the stones, to bind Loki.

Skadi, goddess of winter and former lover of Loki, was so angered by his betrayal of the Gods that she placed a venomous snake above Loki's head. The snake dripped its poison into Loki's face causing him to shake the earth in pain. His only solace was his faithful wife Sigyn who collected the poison in a bowl, but it would grow full and need to be emptied, causing Loki to writhe in pain yet again.

The original was done in oil paint and measures 18" x 24".

Copyright © 2014 Sam Flegal, All Rights Reserved

Copyright © 2014 Sam Flegal, All Rights Reserved