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"A number of scholars over the years have reflected on Loki’s role as a trickster or culture-hero (Leland 1884; von der Leyen 1909; de Vries 1933; Rooth 1961; Ellis Davidson 1964, 1979; McKinnell 1994). Less consideration, however, has been given to the question of where this type of character may have emerged from before becoming part of Old Norse mythology.37 Such characters are especially common in circumpolar areas, from the canonical trickster figure of native North American traditions to trickster figures such as Stallo among the Sámi.38 It should be noted that the natural core of the (mythological) tricksters in folktales overlaps in many ways with that of the real (human) shamans, suggesting that shamanistic thinking and the development of a trickster concept cannot be separated from each other." - Triin Laidoner, "The Flying Noaidi of the North," Scripta Icelandica, (63) 2012, p. 79-80.
Flare Surfing by Bruce Irons
Professional surfer Bruce Irons straps flares to his board and catches some waves, leaving a blazing trail of inferno.