In a move which is bound to result in a lot of nerdrage, Marvel Comics has an upcoming title in which Thor is a female-type goddess. Reading the articles about this change, and the subsequent kerfuffle, I am having flashbacks to one of my favorite posts.
To reiterate a point I made in that post, the adherents of the Norse Eddas weren't as prudish as the butthurt fanboys that are complaining about Thor's makeover as a woman. In the hilarious Lay of Thrym, Thor poses as the goddess Freyja in order to retrieve his hammer, Mjöllnir, from the Jotun Thrym:
Heimdall, the fairest of the gods, like all the Vanir could see into the future. "Let us dress Thor in bridal linen," he said, "and let him wear the necklace of the Brisings. Tie housewife's keys about his waist, and pin bridal jewels upon his breast. Let him wear women's clothes, with a dainty hood on his head."
The Thunderer, mightiest of gods, replied, "The gods will call me womanish if I put on bridal linen."
Then Loki, son of Laufey, said, "Thor, be still! With such foolish words the giants will soon be living here in Asgard if you do not get your hammer from them."
So they dressed Thor in bridal linen, tied the necklace of Brisings around his neck and housewife's keys about his waist. They pinned bridal jewels upon his breast, and dressed him in women's clothes, with a dainty hood on his head.
Then Loki, son of Laufey, said, "I will accompany you as your maid-servant. Together we shall go to Jotunheim."
Hilarity ensues, as Loki has to explain away Thor's ravenous appetite and fiery red eyes... but the dénouement of the tale is quite bloody, as Thor reverts to type and kicks some ass.
At any rate, the decision to make the comic book character Thor is an interesting one, and one in keeping with the original Norse Eddas. At any rate, Marvel's Loki has been sexually ambiguous for a while, which is completely compatible with his traditional portrayal.
Poor butthurt comics fanboys, this Edda fanboy is laughing at your discomfiture.