I saw a discussion today about the differences between the wounds of Loki and Frigga. (As part of a much larger argument, here) Even though we don’t know how how Asgardian anatomy compares to ours, it made me curious to find out what damage was done exactly. So I:
- made screenshots,
- drew the path of each weapon through the body, based on the visible parts sticking out.
- scaled and positioned an anatomical drawing as best I could.
- removed the screenshots to get just the weapon and the drawing.
It seems that helshades was right in this. Even given a firm margin of error, Frigga’s most vital and vulnerable organs are much more likely to be hit than Loki’s. Her heart, lungs, diaphragm, and liver are all in the path of harm, and there must be damage to her ribs and/or sternum. For Loki it mostly his diaphragm, liver and backside ribs. Both their kidney’s also seem to be in danger here, but those are positioned at the sides of the body. Since Frigga and Loki were stabbed more or less in the middle, I think isn’t likely they were hit.
I’m not a doctor, but from what I remember from various sources (high-school biology, first aid and martial art classes, popular science magazines and such), stabs in the lungs or heart will kill you a lot quicker than abdominal wounds. This means more time for Loki’s Asgardian super-healing to kick in and save him. Besides, livers are resilient organs, even ordinary human ones regenerate given enough time. (example of source)
So even though it wasn’t intended at the time of the shooting, Loki’s wounds leave him with better chances for survival than Frigga’s.
I’m not a medical doctor either but yeah, from what I know a heart wound would be very quickly fatal. I assume that’s what Kurse was aiming for with Frigga - we also see that the exit wound is on the left side of Frigga’s chest.
For the record though the blade that stabs Loki is actually a lot bigger than you’ve drawn it:
It’s also pretty wide:
So we’re looking at an injury that could tear through multiple internal organs: The diaphragm, liver, stomach, gallbladder and intestines are all in its path. (To say nothing of his spine.) As I understand it none of that would be instantly fatal, but if Loki were human the massive internal trauma would be likely to send him into shock pretty bloody quickly and kill him not long afterwards.
That said, this all does seem rather moot given that the wound was supposed to be fatal at the time it was shot. I believe helshades’ post spawned from my quip about Plot Armour vs. Fridging — and we know for a fact that the real reason Loki survived was his Plot Armour, not his physiology.
We can bicker all we want to kingdom come. What’s done is done. Let’s just get back to fix it fics…