The Norse gods: Loki

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The god of mischief and laughter, well known all over the world thanks to Marvel. Loki is a jotunn, a bloodbrother to Odin, the father of Hell, Fenrir, Jormungandr, Sleipnir, Narfi and Nari. His first 3 children were with the giantess Angrboda, Narfi and Nari he has with the goddess Sigyn. As for Sleipnir, Loki is the mother, he turned into a mare to distract the giant horse Svadifari so that his master could not finish the wall around Asgard.

Loki is also the reason why Mjolnir’s handle is so short, as he bothered the dwarves while forging in the shape of a wasp.

He once cut of Sifs beautifull golden hair and was forced by Thor to find a way to solve it or he would kill him. Loki then went to the dwarves and they forged strands of gold so finely that it looked just like hair, making it into a wig. The new wig was so pretty that all the gods instantly forgave Loki for his mischief.

Loki often brings trouble to the gods but he’s also more often then not their salvation when they are in trouble. He brought back the reingold treasure when Odin and Hœnir were prisoners to a sorcerer. He went with Thor to retrieve Mjolnir from the jotonn Þrymr.

He is however also the murderer of Baldr, thought not directly, and was punished as such. His son Narfi was turned into a rabid wolf, who tore out Nari’s guts and killed him. Loki himself was bound onto 3 sharp stones with Nari’s entrails by the goddess Skadi , she bound a snake above his head that would drip poison onto Loki’s brow. Sigyn, Loki’s wife, sat with him holding a bowl beneath the dripping poison, yet when the bowl became full, she carried the poison away; and during this time the poison dripped on to Loki, causing him to writhe with such violence that all of the earth shook from the force, resulting in what are now known as earthquakes.

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During the binding of Loki, Odin goes to see a völva to gather knowledge over the future. When he asks her about it she simply replies:

It sates itself on the life-blood
of fated men,
paints red the powers’ homes
with crimson gore.
Black become the sun’s beams
in the summers that follow,
weathers all treacherous.
Do you still seek to know? And what?

Odin still demands more so she tells him

Brothers will fight
and kill each other,
sisters’ children will defile kinship.
It is harsh in the world,whoredom rife
an axe age, a sword age
shields are riven
a wind age, a wolf age
before the world goes headlong.
No man will havemercy on another

With this the völva foretells the ragnarok.

Loki was able to escape his bonds and formed a bond with the jotunn to kill the gods and so came the ragnarok. Both Hati and Skoll finally achieved their goal and swallowed Mani and Sol, thus creating eternal darkness over the 9 realms. In the battle that follows between the gods and the jotunn, the first to fall is Odin, he is swallowed whole by Fenrir. Vidarr take revenge upon Fenrir for his father’s death by pulling the jaws of the wolf apart and stabbing him in the heart with a spear. The second to fall is Thor, after kill the midgard snake Jormungandr, he succumbs to the venom of the snake. Loki fights Heimdall and the two end by killing each other, Garm the hellhound is in turn the death of Tyr, however the hellhound succumbs to his wounds. Freyr falls to the hand of the jotunn Surtr, this is how Asgard falls and how Loki is the death of the gods.

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In my belief, Loki is badly portrayed and I feel there is more to him then the inducer of the ragnarok. He also tried to amend his mistakes and he made the goddess Skadi laugh so she would be satified with Njord as her husband. He brought sorrow to his wife Sigyn but what man hasn’t brought sorrow upon his wife yet, because of her wedding to him she is now known as the goddess of fidelity and perseverance. That must mean something, there must have been good in the god..

 

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