outofmagic: I love this.
I love this so much.
I know that in Thor 2, when he grabs Jane and he says “I am Loki of Jotunheim”, it’s to keep his ties to Asgard a secret. He wants Malekith to believe that he is truly betraying Thor and saying he is of Asgard is not going to win him any brownie pouts with the enemies of Asgard. He knows this, so he expresses his true origins here. The Kursed backs it up by telling Malekith that he was an enemy of Asgard, locked away in the dungeons.
This, however, I feel is super important, not only for his and Thor’s plot, but for Loki himself. He’s never had a problem in the Avengers and in Thor 2 saying that he’s not Odin’s son, that he’s not Thor’s brother (although in Thor 2 he insists on calling Thor “brother”), but he’s never actually said allowed that he is of Jotunheim. He made brief mention of being a Frost Giant when he first discovered it and spoke to Odin about it and followed it by doing everything he could to prove that he was Odin’s son, and that he belonged on Asgard, but after his fall? After he basically decided that Odin was not his father and wasn’t even a father figure?
He’s never really talked about Jotunheim itself. He’s said things like “your father” and “he did tell you my true parentage, did he not?” but he never actually said Jotun or Jotunheim, only that he was not Odin’s son. He even introduced himself of “Loki of Asgard.”
In a way, this is acceptance of what he truly is, or at least the doorway to acceptance. Yes, it’s part of a trick, but he’s said it and he knows it’s true. He can’t lie to himself and say “it was only part of an illusion” because he knows for a fact that he IS of Jotunheim. Once it’s out in the open, once he’s truly said it, it becomes real. It becomes a solid presence. Now he can’t deny it, he can’t pretend like it’s not there because the words have fallen off of his own lips. It’s progress, even if originally part of a trick, it’s progress. He could have lied about his origins, he didn’t have to be truthful about being from Jotunheim. Everyone knows he’s a talented liar, he could have said anything, but he said the truth in this moment.
It’s moving towards acceptance, at least, I believe so, and it might be part of an awesome illusion, but it’s also personal growth and development.