You know what I realized? He never outright tells The Destroyer to kill Thor. Just to make sure he doesn’t return. Loki never wanted Thor dead. He wanted him to stay on Midgard. And maybe it was so he could remain king, but he outright says that he never wanted to be.
Sure, you can argue, “Oh, but he’d the God of Lies, he was lying about that”. But you have to consider the fact that only moments ago, he was crying. He has only recently discovered that he’s been lied to his entire life, that he’s exactly the thing he’s been warned about, taught to hate, since he was a child. The very thing that Thor vowed to kill. He’s scared. If Thor returns, he could very well attempt to do just that. Of course, we as the audience know that he never would, but Loki’s been betrayed so much already, he almost expects it. And when you’re that afraid, that distraught, you don’t lie.
Which brings us to the battle scene. Loki willingly fights Thor, yes, but what’s really the purpose? It seems clear enough: Keep Thor from saving Jotunheim. But then there’s that one line. “When he awakens, I will have saved his life, wiped out that race of monsters.” At first glance, it’s not given much thought. But then you read it again, and you really think about it. I don’t think Loki ever intended to make it out of that battle. He planned to die in the process.
He wanted to die, but not by Thor’s hand. Not by execution as a monster. He wanted to die as a hero. A martyr, so that maybe then, if only then, Odin would see how he would give anything to make him proud.
“The Vikings did not take lightly to being insulted. Their laws insisted that if a person was insulted three times by another person, only the first two insults could be settled by lawsuits. The third insult had to be avenged in blood.”
Let’s take a look at this quote.
“You threaten my world with war, you steal a force you cant hope to control, you talk about peace and you kill because it’s fun. You have made me very desperate. You might not be glad that you did.”
We’re taking this line by line, so bare with me.
“You threaten my world with war.” Thor, after the whole Jotunheim incident, almost caused a war to break out. Loki was the one who had to clean it up after he was put in charge.
“You steal a force you can’t hope to control.” Odin took Loki from Jotunheim. Maybe he knew how powerful he would grow up to be, maybe he didn’t. Either way, once he found out he’d been lied to his entire life, Odin couldn’t control him.
“You talk about peace and you kill because it’s fun.” This is pretty much every Asgardian warrior in a nutshell. Both Thor and Odin always say how they want the best for Asgard, yet they try to obtain the peace they desire by killing their enemies in wars.
“You have made me very desperate. You might not be glad that you did.” As much as I love him, let’s face it. Loki can be a little shit. After all, he tried to destroy Jotunheim and sent the Destroyer after Thor. But then again, he didn’t have many options. A war was brewing, and Loki was just doing what he felt necessary. After all, he seems like he’s never understood the whole concept of war, maybe he thought that was the best solution; to completely wipe out the problem. And he never told the Destroyer to kill Thor. He said to make sure he didn’t return. He wanted to keep Thor alive, but couldn’t have him coming back to A: Cause more trouble and B: See what he’d done. Because he knew it was wrong. He didn’t want to let him down again.
So, um, not my best work, but certainly not my worst. Hopefully will induce feels? Would love to know what people think. Basically, it’s what happens to Loki after he falls from the Bifrost, and how he becomes who he is in The Avengers.
It hurt to write it.
I Tried So Hard
O, that you were yourself! but, love, you are
No longer yours than you yourself here live:
Against this coming end you should prepare,
And your sweet semblance to some other give.
So should that beauty which you hold in lease
Find no determination; then you were
Yourself again, after yourself’s decease,
When your sweet issue your sweet form should bear
Who lets so fair a house fall to decay,
Which husbandry in honour might uphold
Against the story gusts of winter’s day
And barren rage of death’s eternal cold?
O, none but unthrifts: dear my love, you know
You had a father; let your son say so.
Yet eyes this cunning want to grace their art,
They draw but what they see, know not the heart.
“This is the basest sentimentality. This is a child at prayer… PATHETIC! You lie and kill in the service of liars and killers. You pretend to be separate, to have your own code, something that makes up for the horrors. But they are a part of you, and they will never go away.”
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