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In terms of ethnic extraction, Sleipnir's first name is Norse and her last name is Irish. The same was true of Professora Foglio (her maiden name being Murphy). This suggests that Sleipnir, who is involved with the plot — where the actual "Prof. Kaja Foglio" so far is not — may function as an avatar of Kaja Foglio as well.
Sleipnir is not a spark but a mechanic who likes to hang around sparks; Kaja has expressed the feeling that she is not a scientist but a fan of science.
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No, Slepnir likely is a Spark. The Hot Pipes are very Irish.
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Relationship to Theopholous DuMedd
Although when we first see Sleipnir, she says that she is looking forward to her marriage to a minor spark as arranged by the Baron. Since then she has witnessed dramatic events that are likely to have adversely affected her relationship to the Baron; the apparent death of Punch and Judy at the hands of von Pinn, and Klaus' continued pursuit of Agatha in spite of her remonstrances, chief among them.
Thus, it is not at all impossible that she has abandoned her engagement to someone she may well have never met for an involvement with someone with whom she has apparently shared a long and dangerous journey. It is, however, equally possible that they are only posing as a married couple to save money on hotel accomodations (or as a couple; this is Europe, and so the Smith Act does not apply). Either case would be consistent with the fact that she has removed her braids, which, in a number of cultures serve as an indication that a woman is younger than the age of marriage.
More telling is she is very concerned with whoseTheo is looking at.
Midnightchemist's entry http://midnightchemist.livejournal.com/2149.html states that the Foglios have answered the question: Sleipnir and Theo eloped. Whether or not they actually got married or just ran off together is still to be seen, but it appears that her previously arranged marriage is off the table (and the Foglios said they didn't consider it a major plot point anyway).
Their relationship is expanded in Agatha H and the Airship City with Sleipnir making a comment of looking for her shoes under Theo's bed.--FossilLord 17:13, May 11, 2014 (UTC)
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The manga Oh My Goddess!, which began serialization in 1988, is loosely based on Norse mythology and includes periodic cameos by (the equine) Sleipnir.
Outside information the possible relevance of which is even more remote
In the myth relating the procreation of Odin's octopodal horse, Sleipnir, the horse's sire is Svaðilfari, a stallion belonging to an unnamed rime (frost) giant, but his dam is Loki (who had taken the form of a mare, obviously in estrus, in order to hinder the giant).
In many ways, the Norse god Loki could serve as a patron for the Spark and thus much of the Girl Genius world.
Although often understood (particularly in a dualistic system) as "evil", Loki's role is actually that of "trickster": his "alignment" is closer to "chaotic neutral" than "neutral evil" in the quadratic alignment system.
- Point of order? To my understanding Loki is tortured until Ragnarok because he killed Baldr for the lulz. Also, between Thor, the closest thing to an undeniably "good" god among the Aesir and the one who sponsored Loki's membership in same, explicitly calling him an "evil creature" in the Lokasenna, and his actions during Ragnarok, when he takes his monstrous children and fights for Surtr who intends to burn the world to ash, he might not be the classical Abrahamic Lucifer that he tends to get compared to, but he was distinctly an enemy of the Aesir, and by extension humanity, and for all intents and purposes, evil.--Necrotas 06:58, February 18, 2010 (UTC)