My theme for the “A to Z Challenge” is World Mythology.
My A to Z posts will run concurrently with my usual posts. I hope they spark your curiosity. I find it fascinating how so many stories crossed the boundaries of countries and even oceans.
L is for Loki
Loki is rather a mysterious, trickster Norse god. The academics argue about his past, but he’s very popular in modern culture. Here are some interesting notes. He:
- was a shape shifter who could choose his shape and gender
- was considered a god of fire
- belonged to the Aesir (a tribe of gods)
- hung out with the powerful Odin and Thor, sometimes helping them launch devious plans and other times embarrassing them.
- had interesting children: “With the female giant Angerboda… Loki produced the progeny Hel, the goddess of death; Jormundgand, the serpent that surrounds the world; and Fenrir, the wolf…. (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Here is one of the first tales of Loki
“When the Gods were struggling to build ASGARD, they found they’d run out of funds… All the basic construction had been completed but they needed a large protective wall to keep the riff-raff out.
LOKI came up with the plan of contracting a Giant to do the job. As payment, the Giant asked for the Sun and Moon and also the Goddess FREYA if the work was completed to schedule. The Gods were not too sure. “Don’t worry,” advised LOKI. “He’ll never manage it on his own, even if he works night and day — and the deal will be off. We’ll let him keep the wheelbarrow or something.”
Alas, the Giant was not on his own. He had a huge stallion called Svadilfari, which could haul boulders like there was no tomorrow. With three days to go, FREYA was in distress and the Gods aghast.
Now LOKI, like fire and smoke, was a shape-changer from the word go. A talent he’d developed to make him the shiftiest transmogrifier of all time — from flea to fish to fast flying feathers in 0.3 seconds. So he changed himself into a mare and seduced the Giant’s stallion. By whinnying and prancing off into the woods, Svadilfari was led far away from the stone pile.
Meanwhile LOKI was having a fine old time frolicking in the fields. In fact he became pregnant, and decided to sample the joys of motherhood. He gave birth to a fine baby boy stallion with eight legs. He gave this as a gift to ODIN and it was called SLEIPNIR.” (God Checker)
MY A-2-Z INTRO TO WORLD MYTHOLOGY
A is for Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death who weighs your heart
B is for Brigid, the Celtic Goddess of Fire who terrifies me
C is for Cronus, Leader of the Titans, Father of the Greek Gods
D is for Dragons, Chinese Dragons
E is for Ekeko, God of Good Luck and Abundance
F is for Freya, Norse Goddess of Love
G is the Gitche Manitou, The Great Spirit
H is for Hell – Is it Around the Corner?
I is for Isis – An Ancient Egyptian Goddess with Magic
J is for Jupiter, Roman God of Thunder
L is for Loki, The Norse Trickster God