Loki

Image of Loki Norse Trickster
Image of Loki Norse Trickster
Loki the Norse Trickster

The most complex and unpredictable figure in Norse mythology must be Loki the trickster. Loki was known as the Trickster God or the Mischief-maker. However, he was not actually god though he dwelled in Asgard the land of Aesir Gods. Loki was the sons of the giants and he came from Jotunheim – the land of the giants. Loki Norse Trickster was known as the master of shapeshifting as he could transform his appearance into almost any beings like a mare, a salmon, a seal, a fly, and even an old woman.

Loki Norse Trickster found his pleasure in pranking people around him. He thought that it was funny but it did create trouble for other people. He was so clever and cunning that most of the time he annoyed and put other people in embarrassment with his prank. But he always saved them so he could afford the feeling of being a true hero. For example, one night Loki cut off the hair of Sif – Thor’s wife when she was sleeping. It was only after Thor discovered this and threatened to smash him, Loki promised to make amends. He then had the dwarves created a golden hair to pay for Thor’s wife.

In some cases, Loki’s pranks went far beyond other gods’ tolerance. He then was locked up in a dark cave with a poisonous snake on above his head as a punishment. His caring wife stayed with him in the cave, holding a bowl over his head to catch the venom of the snake.

Image of Loki and his wife below the snake
Loki and his wife below the snake

 

Loki was the father of certain famous animal figures in Norse myth. He gave birth to an eight-legged horse who then became the steed of Odin (Actually this made him the mother of the horse). He fathered three dangerous children who posed a mortal threat to the gods. His children were Hel, Jormungandr, and Fenrir. Hel was the ruler of the underworld – Helheim land of the dead. Jormungandr was a giant serpent that Odin cast into the dark ocean only to make Jormungandr grow large enough to encircle the whole of Midgard. Fenrir was the most monstrous villain as he swallowed the hand of Tyr and was prophesied to kill Odin in the event of Ragnarok.

Image of Loki and his three monstrous children
Loki and his three monstrous children

In the event of Ragnarok, Loki was one of the main figures that triggered off the doom days. Loki broke free and set off to wreak havoc on the whole cosmos. He and his children led a giant army to make their way to the stronghold Asgard. Up in Asgard, he encountered Heimdall and the two slain each other.


Lessons from Loki Norse Trickster

Being the most complicated character in Norse mythology, Loki possessed both positive and negative qualities from that we should avoid or learn.

Regarding the positive qualities, Loki was a kind of person who knew his times and his part in the game. He knew how to solve the problems he created (purposefully though). Loki mastered the skills of getting attention and listen from others. For example, Trickster Loki usually came up with ideas that others gods accepted and adopted. He was obviously intelligent (for his prank though). Finally, rather than rush into actions, Loki waited for his time to come and grabbed his chance without hesitation.

As to the negative qualities, Loki Norse Trickster did not use his intelligence for the good of the clan but for satisfying his own ego. His acts of mischief may be insignificant at the beginning but lead to consequences much more serious than what could ever be foretold. He brought the mistletoe to Asgard and this indirectly helped kill God Baldur, for instance. So, the selfish thought of Loki posed a major threat to the being of the whole cosmos. The thought was simply of him, but his action may result in the destruction of something. It was like the butterfly effect. The lesson, thereby, is to revolve our action around other’s benefit and you will find the purpose of your life.