Story and RepresentationLoki is usually portrayed as the trickster or ”evil” god when it comes to norsemythology.Loki was originally an ice giant (the main enemy of the norse gods). He washowever abducted by Odin on his crusade against Jötenheimer (the icegiants crib).Odin brought Loki home and raised him as his child, explaining why he had aevil personality whilst still being able to mingle among the gods.Loki is accountable for the deaths of a few gods too such as Balder. He killed Balder because he knew his only weakness, the mistletoe. Loki represents and isa accountable for the feelings of
Loki’s childrenLoki had three children: the wolf Fenrir, the serpent Jörmungandr, and thefemale being Hel.Fenrir being a huge wolf and eating the hand of Tyr, the god of war. He isalso said to kill Odin during ragnarök (the end of the world).Jörmungandr is a huge serpent that Odin threw into the worlds waters to getrid of him. He however grew so large that he could bite his own tale and atthe same time encircle the world. He has a couple of encounters with Thorand eventually will also kill him in ragnarök.Hel is the norse counterpart to Hades, the watcher of hell. The word helloriginally comes from her name. As many of you are probably aware, aperson who died fighting would go to “heaven” (Valhalla). However if youdid not die in a battle, you were sent to the opposite, Hel. Therefore, womenand children where mostly believed to be sent to Hel and that may be a verygood proof for why Vikings had such a male dominated society and maybewhy we even today have a fairly male dominated society.
ArtworkLoki is often portrayed in artwork as the evil one or the trickster given hisnature. The painting above is currently displayed at the national museum ofStockholm. It was painted by the same who painted the picture of Thorriding in with his goats against the ice giants, a painting many of usremember and can recognise. This mans name is Mårten Eskil Winge.This pictures depicts Loki being chained up and his wife saving him from thepoisonous snakes above.