Loki

Norse - The god of evil, fire and mischief. Son of Firbauti and Laufeia or Nal. Son of Bor and Bestla, some say. Son of Ymir, some say. Brother of Aegir and Kari. Brother of Odin, some say. Brother of Byleist and Helblindi, some say. Husband of Angerbode, Glut and Sigyn. In some versions, Loki was the son of Ymir and one of an early trinity with his brothers Aegir and Kari. Those who regard him as a brother of Odin equate him with Ve. He was said to have had three wives, fathering Einmyria and Eisa on his first wife, Glut; Iormungandr, Fenris and Hel on his second wife, Angerbode; and Narve and Vali on his third wife, Sigyn. He is also said to be the father of Sleipnir, Odin's eight-legged horse. Loki was always a troublemaker. He stole the golden tresses of Sif, wife of Thor. The angry husband caught Loki and nearly strangled him, forcing him into a promise to restore the beautiful hair. Loki persuaded the dwarf, Dvalin, to fashion a replacement from golden thread which turned out to be even more beautiful than the original. He made a wager with another dwarf, Brock, that Dvalin could make better things than Brock's brother, Sindri, the loser to forfeit his head. The gods judged the results and said that Brock was the winner. Instead of cutting off the loser's head, Brock sewed Loki's lips together to stop his chatter. When Thor went to Jotunheim dressed in a bridal gown to deceive Thrym into returning the hammer of Thor which he had stolen, Loki went with him dressed as the bridesmaid to help the deception. On one occasion, he was carried into the sky by Thiassi in the form of an eagle and was released only when he promised to lure Iduna into Thiassi's power with some of the apples of eternal youth which she guarded. He did what he had promised but when the gods discovered what he had done they forced him to get Iduna back. Wearing Freya's falcon-garb, he flew to Thrymheim, turned Iduna into a nut (or, some say, a swallow) and brought her safely back to Asgard. On another occasion he turned himself into a flea to gain access to Freya's bed and made off with her beautiful necklace, Brisingamen. Heimdall saw him stealing away and, after a struggle in which they both assumed several different forms, Loki was forced to surrender the necklace which Heimdall then returned to Freya. To frustrate the giant Skrymsli, Loki hid the boy that the giant had won in a wager as an egg in the roe of a fish in the ocean but Skrymir still found the hiding place so Loki turned the boy back to his normal form, whereupon he ran off. The giant chased him but ran head-first into a pointed stake cunningly placed by Loki. When the gods decided to build a wall round Asgard to keep out the giants, an unknown architect undertook to do the work if they would give him the sun, the moon and Freya. Loki advised acceptance but they stipulated that the work must be done in one winter and by the architect himself, aided only by his horse, Svadilfare. When it looked as if these conditions would be fulfilled, Loki changed into a mare and enticed Svadilfare into the forest so that the architect did not finish the work in time. He would have killed all the gods but Thor threw his hammer and killed the architect who turned out to be a giant in disguise. On a visit to earth with Odin and Hoenir, Loki killed Otter, the son of Hreidmar, a king of the dwarf-folk. In compensation, the king demanded sufficient gold to cover the skin of an otter, the form in which his son had been killed. This skin kept expanding as more gold was added and Loki forced the dwarf Andvari to hand over his hoard of gold to pay the ransom demanded by the king for the release of the three gods. When Loki snatched the dwarf's magic ring as well, Andvari put a curse on the treasure. Loki's final act of treachery was to persuade the blind Hoder to throw the branch of mistletoe that killed Balder and for this he was banished from Asgard. He turned up uninvited at the feast given for the gods by Aegir and killed the sea-god's servant Funfeng. He escaped death from Thor's hammer by fleeing to the mountains and hiding in a hut. When Odin, Kvasir and Thor came looking for him, he turned himself into a salmon and hid at the bottom of the stream, Fraananger. When the gods made a net and started to fish for him he jumped into the air to escape but was caught by Thor. He resumed his normal shape and the gods bound him hand and foot with the entrails of his son, Narve, who had been killed by his other son, Vali, in the form of a wolf. They then turned the bonds to metal to make sure he could not escape. They left Loki in a cave and Skadi placed a huge serpent over his head which constantly dripped venom on to Loki's face. He was saved much agony by his faithful wife Sigyn who sat beside him catching the venom in a cup until the last day. In the final battle, leading the subjects of Hel, he defeated the gods at Ragnarok and, in his role as Sutur, the fire-god, burnt the whole world, killing Heimdall at whose hand he himself died. Also commonly referred to as Loki, Loke, Loke, Lokkju, Lokkju, Lopt, Lopt, Lopter, Lopter, Lopti, Lopti, Loptr, Loptr, 'fire', 'fire', an-nar, Haloge, Haloge, Loder, Loder, Lodur, Lod(u)r, Lod(u)r, Lodurr, Lodurr, Lopt(er), Lopt(er), LoptrLothur(r), LoptrLothur(r), German Loge, German Loge, Sataere, Sataere, Surtur, Surtur, Surt, Surtr or Surt(r).

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