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Pronunciation : LOW-key

(Norse Deity)LOKI

Also known as HVEDRUNG, LODER, LOKE, LOKI LAUFEYARSON, LOKKJU, LOPTER, LOPTI

The (con) artist previously known as fire demon, son of Farbauti and Laufey, and supreme trickster God.

Well, he wasn't really a God, but he was so outrageously sneaky he managed to worm his way into the Aesir through the side door and become not only the Gods friend and foe all in one but also blood brother to the top dog, Odin.

In the beginning Loki was a rascal, playing tricks for kicks which often backfired with hilarious consequences. Sif was the centre of a particularly naughty prank gone wrong, but as usual his quick thinking ensured he came up smelling of roses.

Most of the Gods prescious things came about as a direct result of Loki's mischief.. Skidbladnir, Gungnir, Gillinburste, Draupnir and Mjollnir, and as an adept shape changer there's a rather bizarrre story about the conception of Odins eight legged horse, Sleipnir.

But don't be fooled, the celestial con man wouldn't think twice about stitching any of the Gods up to save his own skin. Norse mythology is choc-a-bloc with Loki's crazy adventures - Thor, Idunn, Thiassi, Andvari, Fafnir and Idunn were all unwittingly implicated, but every once in a while he would get a real come-uppance, like the time he lost a bet with Brokkr and the Gods had some peace and quiet .. at least for a short while.

He was a handsome chap and very attentive to the goddesses even though he had three wives ...Glut, Angreboda and Sigyn and a whole host of children - Fenrir, Jormungand, Hel and Narvi, as well as Vali, whose internal plumbing would be called into use in a most unsavoury manner some time later.

But as time went by he became more nasty...

When Loki was left off the gods great shindig invite list he was mad. When he realised Balder was not only prettier than him, but also more popular than him AND indestructable, he was furious.

One by one he insulted the gods, going into great detail as to what he had done to whos wife. He had hit an all time low in the popularuty stakes, quickly going from tolerable prankster to Aesir enemy number one. But he wasn't done yet ..

He tricked Frigg into revealing she had sought promises from everything on earth not to harm Balder in anyway as a favour from the gods. Seeing him as a harmless old hag, she thought it safe to add that the only thing she hadn't asked a promise from was a plant that seemed too pitiful to take an oath.

The plant grew to the west of Valhalla, it was known as Mistletoe and Loki made a bee-line for it.

See Balder for details.

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'LOKI' - Norse database entry -19 Nov 2007
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