Loki’s apparently innocuous parting statement,
“He will even take you into the land of the dead and back out again.”
could be read as instigating an infamous legend.
Ghost Riders in the Sky…
Riders on the Storm…
Although the spectral charge
across a broiling sky-scape
traditionally has many varied leaders…
Gwynn ap Nudd, Harlequin, and King Arthur to name but a few
…it seems that Odin was the ‘bona-fide’ original.
There is some cosmological basis
for this folkloric staple.
Any departed souls intent on winging their way
through the Sun Door and on into the Star Fields…
would first have to pass beyond the slippery portal of the moon.