Norse Gods and Godesses: Facts About Loki

Here are some facts about Loki.

  • Loki is one of the most important gods in Norse mythology. He is able to change his appearance and has been a fish, a horse, a fly and even an old lady.
  • He is the Norse god of fire and is also known for playing pranks and tricks. Some stories and poems describe him as being a devil or demon.
  • One of the earliest references to him is in a 13th century collection of Norse poems known as the Poetic Edda. The poems were passed down from generation to generation.
  • His father was a giant and his mother may have been a giantess. He had several children, including Jormungand, a giant snake living in the sea surrounding the known world.
  • Loki asked a giant to help build Asgard, one of the nine worlds of the gods. The giant asked for the sun and moon if he completed the work on time.
  • However, Loki made sure that the giant did not finish the work on time. He led the giant’s horse away, without which the giant could not finish the work.
  • Loki is known for his part in the death of Baldur, the son of Odin. He killed him with a spear made from mistletoe, thrown at Baldur by the blind god, Hod.
  • The gods became tired of Loki’s jokes and mischievous behavior. They chained him to a rock where a poisonous serpent dripped venom onto him, his shouts of pain supposedly caused earthquakes.
  • The face of Loki was said to haveĀ appeared on a 1,000 year old stone found in Denmark in 1950. He can also be seen on part of a 10th century stone cross in St. Stephen’s Church in Cumbria.
  • Loki appears as a villain in Marvel comics, fighting Thor. He appears in several films, including the 2011 film Thor, and he is also in Wagner’s famous operas, the Ring Cycle.

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