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Old 01-10-2011, 09:33 AM   #51
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Default Re: Ice Giants and Other Asguardian Creatures Appreciation

Originally Posted by TheCorpulent1 View Post
Laufey is a "she" in the myths. She's Loki's mom. His father was Farbauti, and guess what? Marvel turned him into Loki's mom instead, effectively swapping his parents' names. Why? My guess is that they saw Loki was called Loki Laufeyson in some myths and assumed that, like other Norse surnames, that meant Laufey was his father. Except Loki has a matriarchal surname for some reason that I never actually learned. So the names got switched.

But as far as the comics--which are what the movie is adapting, not the myths--go, Laufey has always been Loki's father and Farbauti has always been his mother, so it's a gender-swap once removed. Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and possibly Larry Leiber (Stan's younger brother who scripted a lot of early Thor appearances) are the ones who got it wrong all those decades ago.
Those funky shapeshifting Frost Giants.
I don't know how many books back then were actually in print of the Norse myths, so, in the creators defense it could be one of those things where they used books that were wrong or different too.
Heck even my versions of the translated myths have very little on Loki's parents, like there's very little background on Sif.

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