Unpopular opinion time
I don’t see how everyone thinks Odin was such an atrocious father
I mean no he wasn’t perfect but he wasn’t as bad as everyone seems to think
I mean, he’s a king, responsible not only for the health and safety of his family, but an entire realm. He’s at war with the Frost Giants, but he still sets aside his feelings about their race in order to adopt one of their abandoned children and raised him as his own.
And that can’t have been easy, to look at this boy every day and remember where he came from and what he truly is, yet despite all that, he still proclaimed to his entire kingdom that Loki was his son. He didn’t hide Loki away, just his heritage. He raised him beside his own son, taught them together, had them learn and live and play together.
Think about that for a moment.
He must have had prejudices against the Frost Giants, (I mean, Thor called them all monsters, meaning he was probably given this impression from his father and other elders) but he still adopted the boy and raised him as his own, as a prince.
Yes, he should have told Loki where he came from once he was old enough, I won’t deny that it was wrong to keep his heritage from him. But can you imagine what it would have been like for Loki, if he’d been told as a child what he was, and had to grow up hearing stories from everyone all around him about how terrible the Frost Giants were, how monstrous. Bad enough that he himself thought they were monsters when he didn’t know what he truly was.
Odin was the type of father to teach hard lessons, to give hard punishments. For example, when he banished Thor, it likely wasn’t permanent, and it was to teach Thor a lesson that would ultimately help him become a better man and a worthy king. He was never the kind of father to offer hugs and sympathy, he expected his sons to be strong, like him. And they were! They were good men, the both of them, for the most part. (Thor and Loki’s qualities would be an entirely different post so I’ll stop there.)
Odin’s plan for Loki was to try to broker peace with the Jotuns through him, not with Loki as a pawn, but as a king. If Loki, who’d been raised as an Asgardian, was seated on the throne of Jotunheim, he could have formed an alliance with his family in Asgard, and there would have been peace. I fail to see how hoping for this plan to come to fruition is a bad thing on Odin’s part.
Remember, Odin is a KING, responsible for an entire realm. He was hoping to protect them by training up Loki, this abandoned Jotun child, and molding him into a man who could be a king, a man who loved Asgard and its people and would want to uphold the alliance. They could not expect the same from any other king of the Frost Giants, after all.
Yeah telling him ‘No’ as he was hanging off the shattered Bifrost was an awful idea, yeah there were probably better ways to handle a lot of the things he did, but he’s not the worst fictional father, not even close. He’s actually a pretty wise man, if you ask me.