Several of the Norse gods feature prominently in the Danish miniseries, Jul i Valhaland many of the Norse myths are referenced as well. Lokiin particular, is a major character. The Dragon Kingaka Niebelungen, is based on Nibelungenlied. The TV series Stargate SG-1 regularly features the Asgard race, which is a powerful, yet friendly alien species broadly depicted as somewhat resembling grey aliens who, according to the series, are the original source of the Norse gods having portrayed them to help humanity.
Though he appears to be a scheming, mischievous deity who has no real loyalties, scholars still explore what his purpose might have been in the ancient stories. Was he merely a plot device, a foil for the AEsir, the pantheon of gods in Norse religion?
His character surely meant more to the non-Christian Scandinavians than can be gleaned now, and though that purpose cannot be fully realized due to a lack of sufficient sources, an overview of who Loki was and what he did can loosely be outlined.
Loki, as the son of a giant as well as a goddess, straddles the two warring factions, a trait which plagues his character throughout his mythology. As his parentage and his progeny are all outside the normal state of affairs even in the godly world, scholars believe that there must have been pertinence to his connection to so many dark and powerful figures in the Norse pantheon.
Loki is not shown as an outright evil god, though he does appear to take great pleasure in fooling or insulting the AEsir. One of the most notable examples is his fluctuating relationship with Thor, as recorded in two different poems both from the Codex Regius, which houses the Poetic Edda.
A depiction of Loki quarreling with the gods, as in the Poetic Edda poem Lokasenna.
Public Domain For his mischief, Loki is hounded by the gods and bound to a rock where a serpent drips painful venom upon him. There he lies till Ragnarok.
Painting illustrating Loki and Sigyn from Norse mythology. Loki is the first person Thor seeks out, and together they work to uncover which god or magical creature has stolen the weapon. Tales from Norse Mythology. Silver, Burdett and Company.
Wikimedia Commons Though these are only two of many stories that describe Loki, these tales regarding his association with Thor reveal the wide spectrum of his personality and thus why his portrayals in the ancient Norse sagas constantly conflict.
Loki, smiling far left, causes the ultimate death of his fellow deity, Baldr. There seems to be no apparent reason for his varying personality traits, and even less of an indication of his motives. The intentions of Loki in the ancient Norse tradition are lost now, or have yet to be found, but he still remains the most intriguing figure to debate and consider from the Norse pantheon.
Detail, An illustration of Loki with a fishnet, from an Icelandic 18th century manuscript. Public Domain Bibliography Abram, Christopher.
Myths of the Pagan North: Nordic Gods and Heroes Dover Publications: Lee Hollander University of Texas Press:Norse Gods and Goddesses – Norse Mythology Pantheon. In fact, his brilliance and ingenuity saved the Aesir from misfortunes on many occasions.
However, he was always a flawed individual and Ragnarok, Hodr’s story is one of the saddest in all of Norse mythology. Get in to read all you need to know about Viking symbols/Norse symbols and their meanings including Mjölnir, the Valknut, Aegishjalmur and many others.
Search for: Mythology. Norse mythology which is also known as Germanic mythology is a not just a myth, it is a religion and it was practiced by the Vikings who lived in the Scandinavian countries in the Viking age, but it was also practiced by the Germanic people.
Norse mythology is the body of myths of the North Germanic peoples stemming from Norse paganism and continuing after the Christianization of Scandinavia and into the Scandinavian folklore of the modern period. The northernmost extension of Germanic mythology, Adaptations: Hammer of the Gods, God of Thunder.
“Ragnarok” is something of a play on words; an however. They had broken oaths and fallen short of their expectations of one another on many occasions. life, death, and rebirth for which Norse mythology provides an archetype occurs at every scale of existence: the cycle of the seasons, of day and night, of the phases of the moon, of.
Norse Mythology It is said that there are twelve major Norse gods. This is of similar to the twelve chief Roman gods and goddesses.
Odin was the chief god and only had one eye, while the god of war, Tyr, only had one arm.