Things People Get Wrong About Loki Norse Trickster

By far, Loki has gained an excellent amount of reputation thanks to modern adaptation of Norse Gods. Yet, the more famous Loki is, the more distorted his character gets. Should this be blamed for the modern writers who has made him different from the original Loki. In this blog post, we are to discuss things that people are getting wrong about Loki Norse Trickster.

Loki Norse Trickster wasn’t Odin’s foster son

In Norse mythology, Loki was not a son of Odin the Allfather. Legend had it that Loki came from the land of the giant, Jotunheim. His family background was unclear as his father was a giant but his mother was unknown. This somehow made us wonder whether Loki was a god.

Loki was not a son of Odin, neither blood nor foster. He came and lived among the gods thanks to his talent in persuading other people
Loki was not a son of Odin, neither blood nor foster. He came and lived among the gods thanks to his talent in persuading other people

In reality, no evidence of Loki’s cult was found in the Viking remains. Also, mythology mentioned Loki came from Jotunheim which cemented that Loki was a giant rather than a god. However, this question surely remains to be seen.

But one thing for sure is that Loki Norse Trickster was not a son of Odin, neither blood nor foster. Loki was talented at persuading people into his way of thinking and that was how he persuaded Norse gods to allow him to stay in Asgard.

Not god of fire

Indeed, as mentioned above, it remains unknown whether Loki was a god or not. So calling him God of Fire is inappropriate.

The reason why people called Loki God of Fire originated because of some of art work in the 19th century.

Also, in Norse mythology, there was a character whose name was Logi. When Thor, Loki, and their servants came to the land of Utgard-Loki, they took part in many competitions. One of them was the eating contest between Loki and Logi. A table full of meat was in front of them and each of them had to finish everything on the table. Loki finished all the meat easily. But Logi was far better as he finished the meat, the bones, and even the wooden trencher. Loki lost the game.

Loki wasn't the god of fire in Norse mythology.
Loki wasn’t the god of fire in Norse mythology.

Later, the king of Utgard-Loki land revealed that Logi was the embodiment of fire and no one could win fire once it had decided to swallow something. Many scholars claimed that Loki and Logi were one. But if they had been one character, they wouldn’t have had been there together. Cloning skills? In Norse mythology, no one ever mentioned any kind of power that could clone/duplicate a character. Shapeshifting appeared, but never cloning.

Both paternal and maternal

In Norse mythology, Loki Norse Trickster had quite a lot children, closely enough to compare with Odin the Allfather. Loki had three children with a giantess whose name was Angrboda. They were Fenrir the Wolf, Jormungandr the Midgard Serpent, and Hel Queen of the Dead. These three children of Loki and himself were the main triggers of Ragnarok Doom of Gods.

Also, with the giantess Sigyn, Loki had another two sons Narfi and Vali. But as the most severe punishment for Loki for indirectly killing Baldur, the gods turned Vali into a wolf and let Vali kill Narfi. Then they took the sinew of Narfi and used it to bind Loki to the rock.

The most interesting point was Loki mothered a horse. Indeed, he literally mothered an eight-legged horse. Loki once was ordered by the gods that he had to prevent a giant from finishing his work of building Asgard’s wall or the gods would kill Loki. In fact, originally it was Loki who promoted the ideas that the gods should let the giant build the wall and then gift him with Freya, the sun, and the moon as he wished.

Horse Sleipnir was an eight-legged horse. Loki mothered Sleipnir and gifted the little horse to Odin the Allfather
Sleipnir the eight-legged horse of Odin the Allfather

So the night just before the deadline day, Loki shapeshifted himself into a mare and lured the stallion who was trying his best to build and help his master. The mare was so beautiful that the mare couldn’t get rid of this temptation. Following the stallion into the woods, they entertained each other there for a day. This one night made Loki bear a child as he decided to keep the child.

He bore a horse, an eight-legged horse. And later, Loki gifted this horse to Odin the Allfather. And the horse was Sleipnir and he became the most favorite steed of the Allfather.

Neither horned helmet nor scepter

In the modern adaptation of Loki, he sometimes wears a horned helmet holding a scepter in his hand. But this image didn’t appear in Norse mythology.

In Norse mythology, Loki had no weapon. The only scepter-like weapon in Norse mythology was the Gungnir spear of Odin the Allfather. The only weapon of Loki that made him different from other gods I can think of is his mouth. With his skills of speaking, he persuaded many people into his way of thinking.

In Norse mythology, Loki Norse Trickster was not the foster son of Odin the Allfather
Fan art of Loki

Horned helmet was also a modern creation which was made to capture the attention of the audience. In Norse mythology, no figure wore that kind of helmet. And according to the historians, the horned helmet was not historical as the Vikings didn’t historically wear them like the modern shows might depict.

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