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All You Need To Know About Loki

Submitted by solomon on Sat, 03/31/2018 - 10:22
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You may know the dastardly god of mischief from the Marvel comics and movies, but there is a lot more to know about this thousand-year-old character.

There are a ridiculous amount of alternate spellings and names for Loki

In fact, there are over 20 different names for Loki, for example, the Faroese 'Lokki-Grindalokki-Grindalokkur' (meaning daddy-long-legs) or 'Loptr', as he is called in some stages of the Poetic Edda. This is because of the different languages used in the Scandinavian region and different interpretations of the character.

There is a load of crazy mythology about him

During Ragnarök (the Norse mythological apocalypse) he is said to sail a boat called Naglfar made out of the finger and toenails of the dead. In an earlier myth, he is said to have been impregnated by a stallion whilst in the form of a mare (female horse). He later gave birth to the 8-legged horse Sleipnir.

He is hated by most other figures in Norse mythology

Most of the gods and giants dislike him as he has done many bad things such as cutting all of the goddess Sif’s hair, which was later remade made by the dwarves. He also kidnapped the goddess Idun. He has alternatively helped both the giants and the gods, but only for his own benefit, and he has drawn the ire of both at different points in time. He also manipulated the blind god Hod into killing Baldur.

He has lots of special powers

One of his main and most famous powers is the power of shapeshifting, and he is known to have shapeshifted into a number of things as salmon, a mare, and a beautiful maiden.  Instead of using a magical hammer, he is known for his cunning and lies, which are his main weapon, however he cannot lie or hide any of his plans when drunk.

By Louis and Isabel