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Loki -God of Norse Mythology

Loki is the son of two giants. He was the trickster god, in Norse mythology, who was always
doing his best to cause trouble. His wife Sigyn bore him two sons, Vali & Nari (or Narvi),
Loki had an affair with the giantess, Angrboda, who bore him Fenrir, Hel, & Jormungand.

In one story, Loki aids in the theft of Idun's Apples. This apples are very important as they
insure that the gods don't age. One day, Odin, Loki, & Honir crossed into Midgard for the day
but had not brought any food with them. Loki decided to hunt & kill an ox, but when they tried
to cook the meat, it remained raw. An eagle from above told them if they let him eat his fill,
the meat would cook & they would be able to eat it. They agreed, but Loki was very hungry &
soon grew impatient. He rammed his staff into the bird's body, so that the bird dropped
the meat, but Loki was unable to let go of his staff. The eagle took off & flew just close
enough to the ground to drag Loki across Midgard's floor, & only stopped when Loki agreed
to bring Idun & her apples out of Asgard. Loki realized that the eagle was a giant in
disguise, & agreed to the task.

Loki found Idun & convinced her that he had found a tree that grew apples similar to hers
just outside of Bifrost. She followed him out of Asgard, only to find the giant Thiazi
in the form of an eagle, who promptly carried her & her apples away. When Idun didn't arrive
to give the gods her apples, they became anxious & began to grow old. They, however, did
realize that Loki was missing from their company, & suspected that he was somehow responsible
for this fate. Odin summoned Loki, who explained how the eagle would not let him go unless he
agreed to bring Idun out of Asgard. Odin then threatened that if Loki did not help return
Idun, they would kill him.

Loki agreed to Odin's request if Freyja would lend him her falcon skin. She gave it to him,
& he flew to Thiazi's home in Thrymheim, where he discovered Idun. He then changed Idun into
a nut & carried her off. Meanwhile, Thiazi, who had been on a fishing trip with his daughter,
Skadi, came home to find Idun missing. He knew someone must have helped her escape, so he
began flying & soon caught up with Loki as he drew closer to Asgard. Odin was watching all
of this & told the gods to take all the fire wood shavings they could fire out of Asgard &
pile it as high as they could. After Loki had successfully past over Asgard's wall, they lit
the shavings. Thiazi could not stop himself, flew into the fire, & dropped to the ground in
torment, where the gods quickly killed him. Loki then changed Idun back & she offered the
gods her apples.

Another of Loki’s pranks was to cut off Thor’s wife, Sif's, hair while she was sleeping &
left it in a pile on her bedroom floor. When she awoke & realized what had happened, she
immediately knew only Loki could have done it. To make up for it, Loki promised to replace
her hair with help from the dwarfs. Thor threatened that he had better or he would smash
every bone in Loki’s body.

Loki made his way to the land of the dark elves,Suartalfheimer, & sought out the sons of Ivaldi. He
explained
that he needed them to spin gold as fine as Sif’s hair & imbue it with magic so that it would
grow on her head. In return, he promised them the thanks of Sif & Thor, & all the friendship
of the gods. The dwarfs agreed to the bargain, & created the hair. They then decided that it
would be foolish to waste the fire, so they created a ship for Freyr called Skidbladnir that
could be dismantled until they were no larger than a piece of cloth, & a spear for Odin called
Gungnir that would never miss its mark. Loki thanked them & made his way back.

On his way, he had an idea to visit the dwarf brothers Brokk & Eitri. He showed them his
treasures & challenged them to make something of finer craftsmanship. He told them he would
stake his head on it. The dwarf brothers were eager to take up the challenge. They created a
boar with bristles of gold for Freyr called Gullinbursti that could outrun any horse & was
always surrounded by a brilliant light, an arm-ring of solid gold for Odin called Draupnir
that would drop 8 rings of its own weight on every 9th night, & an iron hammer for Thor
called Mjollnir that could never be broken & would always return when thrown.

Brokk then accompanied Loki to Asgard to have the gifts judged by the gods. Odin, Thor, &
Freyr were quick to agree that Mjollnir was the most valuable because it alone could guard the gods against
the giants. Brokk then attempted to claim Loki’s head. Loki retorted that he had promised his head, but not
any part of his neck. Brokk replied that in that case, he could at least sew Loki’s lips together to stop his
‘sweet talk.’

Brokk ended up using his brothers awl because his own knife was not sharp enough to pierce
Loki’s lips. Once completed, Loki ran out of Gladsheim & ripped the leather thong out of his
lips.

The most famous story concerning Loki is his role in the death of Odin & Frigg’s son, Balder.
Balder began to have dreams of terrible things happening to him. Odin disguised himself as
Vegtam, son of Valtam, & entered Hel to seek out a seeress to interpret the meaning of the
dreams. The seeress explained that the dreams meant someone would soon kill Balder.

Alarmed at the prophecy, Frigg traveled throughout the 9 worlds to get each & every substance
to swear an oath that it would not harm Balder. Everything she asked agreed, & the gods tested this by
casting a pebble at Balder, who admitted that he couldn’t even feel it.

Soon, the gods tried other tests such as throwing darts or stones at him, hitting him with
axes & slashing him with swords. Nothing harmed him. This soon became a game among the gods,
who rejoiced that nothing could harm him.

Loki, however, watched in disgust. He grew envious of Balder, & refused to take part in the
games. Then, one afternoon, an idea occurred to him. When he was sure that no one was
watching, he changed himself into an old woman & went to seek information from Frigg. Once
there, the old woman began to question why they were stoning a man outside. Frigg explained
that it was a game, & that nothing could hurt Balder. After awhile, she grew irritated with
the old woman’s inquiries, & finally mentioned that only one thing did not swear an oath not
to harm Balder, the mistletoe.

Thrilled that he had finally found something that could harm Balder, Loki quickly made his
way west of Valhalla & grabbed some mistletoe. He then sharpened one end of it & carried it
back to Gladsheim, where the gods were so caught up in their game that they did not notice
Loki come back in. Loki looked around & noticed Balder’s brother, Hod, who was blind,
standing aside. He went up to him and asked why he wasn’t participating in the game. Hod
replied because he couldn’t see where Balder was, nor did he have a weapon to throw at him.

Loki then gave Hod the mistletoe & guided his arm. It struck Balder, pierced him, & passed
right threw him. Balder fell on his face, dead. The gods looked around & knew only Loki could
be responsible.

After much weeping, Frigg asked if anyone would be willing to travel to Hel & beg for Balder’s
life. Odin’s son, Hermod stepped forward, & was soon off. For 9 nights he rode until he
reached the underworld & met with Hel. He told her of the grief of the gods & asked Hel to
let Balder return with him. Hel told him that if everything in the nine worlds, both dead
and alive, would weep for Balder, she would return him to Asgard, but if even one thing would
not mourn, Balder must stay in Niflheim. Hermod then left the underworld & told everyone at
Gladsheim what had been said to him.
The Aesir sent messengers to everything throughout the 9 worlds asking them to weep for
Balder. Everything they asked wept. As they were making their way back to Asgard, they came
across the giantess, Thokk, sitting in a cave. They asked her to weep, but she refused. The
messengers left mournfully, knowing that Thokk was actually Loki.

After some time went by after Balder’s death, Loki realized that his days in Asgard had come
to an end. He fled to a deserted part of Midgard near Franang’s Falls & built himself a house
with 4 doors, one in every direction so that he could keep watch in every direction. One
evening, he heard voices coming, so he quickly put out his fire, turned himself into a salmon,
& slid into Franang’s Falls. Unfortunately for Loki, when Odin sat in Hlidskjalf, nothing
escaped his sight. Odin quickly sent a party of gods from Asgard to capture him.

Thor & the others dropped a net into the Falls & weighted it down with stones so that nothing
could swim under it. Loki attempted to jump over the net, but Thor caught the salmon & would
not let go.

As punishment, Thor & one group of gods led Loki to a cave while another party went in
pursuit of his two sons, Vali & Narvi. They changed Vali into a wolf & watched as he ripped
Narvi’s body apart before running away towards Jotunheim. They then took Narvi’s entrails &
made their way to the cave. Loki was promptly bound to a rock using Narvi’s entrails, which
became as hard as iron. Then Skadi positioned a snake above Loki so that its venom would drip
into his face. There the gods left him.

Loki’s wife, Sigyn, stayed behind holding a bowl over Loki’s face to catch the venom.
Whenever it is full, she carries it away & empties it into a rock basin. Loki is then left
unguarded & the poison splashes into his face.

It is here Loki will remain until Ragnarok when Loki will be freed. He will then meet
Heimdall, & each will kill the other.