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A famous god in Norse mythology who has the ability to transform into animals. Loki is known as the mischievous god who helps the Aesir gods but in many stories he betrays them.
Loki was born from the god Hell who commanded the Underworld. Hell created three children; the Fenris wolf, the Midgard Serpent and Loki. His wife is Sigyn and he had a son called Nari or Narfi. Bizarrely the god mated with the horse Svaoilfari and gave birth to the eight-legged horse Slepnir which became the mount of Odin the leader of the gods.
In many tales Loki transforms into animals such as birds to defeat the Giants and prove the gods as superior beings. However in the end Loki is bound up by a cosmic snake. Above Loki drips a painful and poisonous liquid that is caught in a bowl. Every so often this bowl, when full needs to be collected. His wife Sigyn comes to empty the bowl, but whilst that is happening, there is now bowl above Lokiís head to protect him and the poison drips on him causing much pain. In the end he breaks free from the bonds and joins in the epic war Ragnarok where Loki takes the side of the monsters and attacks the gods. He also arranges for the death of Odinís son Baldr. Loki tricks the blind god Hod to touch Baldr with mistletoe. The plant is highly poisonous and Baldr dies. Baldr is captures and sent to be chained up in Hell. In one of these epic battles Loki is slain.
Loki aided the gods when a Giant came to Asgard to build a wall around the gods home. The Giant was winning the bet as he was performing the task at a much quicker rate than what the gods had gambled for. Loki transformed himself into a mare and led the Giant’s horse away to distract the Giant from his work. Loki helps Thor reclaim his magic hammer by using cloak feathers to fly across Jotenheim the land of the giants. He also accompanies Thor to a farm where by they eat some goats whose skeletons are re-animated by Loki to proved stead for Thor’s chariot. Loki also accompanies Thor to journey deep into the Giant’s realm to defeat the Giant Utgardlogi. Also at one time when fleeing from a banquet of the gods of which he was not invited, Loki transformed into a fish to swim away.
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