Loki aside, this scene confuses me quite a bit. I know the movie had a set plot and played out a certain way but I can’t help but to think what Odin’s true intentions were by casting out his heir. According to Frigga, he had been putting off his Odinsleep for too long which means Odin knew he would go under soon. I mean, he was completely weak just from traveling the Bifrost to Jotunheim.
Unless…he meant for this to happen as a way to test both of his sons to see who was truly worthy of being king. Odin threw Mjolnir after Thor as a lifeline. ”Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy…” When Thor “died”, he didn’t even come close to touching Mjolnir. Mjolnir found him and flew to him meaning that Mjolnir wasn’t meant for anybody but Thor once Thor proved himself worthy of it again. Thor’s test was to see if he could overcome being a mortal in a mortal realm and learn what it was like to be humble because his arrogance and brash behavior was his greatest downfall. Thor did discover that and this is evident by something as simple as cooking breakfast for two mortals and serving them. He was deemed worthy by sacrificing himself for them just as a king must always be ready to sacrifice himself for the good of his people.
Loki’s test was to be given the throne and to see if he could overcome his inner envy of Thor and prove himself worthy of standing on his own two feet out of Thor’s shadow as he always wanted to be. I never fully comprehended the scene where Frigga is all “My King” to Loki. It just didn’t mesh well with me to have her pretty much fueling his desires like that but perhaps it was meant to be that way. Hand Loki the power and see what he does with it and if he is a triumphant and just ruler. But what Odin didn’t take into account was Loki finding out he was Jotunn beforehand which fucked things up. Had Loki not learnt of his true heritage then he wouldn’t have gone on such a genocidal spree against Jotunheim and maybe he would have been a good ruler.
Frigga said there is always a purpose in what Odin does. Perhaps that was Odin’s purpose and, when Loki pretty much fucked up while Thor learned what Odin meant to teach him, that simple “No, Loki” wasn’t utter disapproval and bad parenting. It was heartache that Loki hadn’t learnt the lesson. The son that was always so intelligent and quick-witted had failed. And had let go.
Or maybe I’m just feeling too much for these Asgardian asshats. Again.