So What’s the Deal with Loki?

Throwback Thorsday

There’s been a dark, dangerous, deceptive figure creeping around the edges of this blog since I first started posting images associated with Thor well over a year ago. In pictures, in stories, in analysis, Loki cannot help insinuating himself into every representation of the gods of the Vikings and the wider Germanic peoples, even though we’ve never found any evidence of anyone actually worshiping him.

What the Hel?

Loki with a fishing net (per Reginsmál) as depicted on an 18th-century Icelandic manuscript (SÁM 66) Loki with a fishing net (per Reginsmál) as depicted on an 18th-century Icelandic manuscript (SÁM 66)

Even attempting to understand Loki will tie you into knots. Gabriel Turville-Petre wrote in 1964 that „more ink has been spilled on Loki than on any other figure in Norse myth. This, in itself, is enough to show how little scholars agree, and how far we are from understanding him.“ I’ve read near-identical complaints from authors both before and since Turville-Petre.

And yet Loki is incredibly…

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