Loki is the Norse God of trickery, mischief, and change; a major character in Norse Mythology. Blood-brother of Odin
and traveling companion and friend of Thor
; his wife’s name is Sigyn
, his children’s names are Hel
. Loki is pleasing and handsome in appearance according to the Eddas. He is renown for his cleverness and for helping the Gods out after he has gotten them into trouble as well as his great ability to make them laugh and cheer them up.
He has domain over fire, and is a master magician, conjurer as well as shape-shifter (In some cases changing gender). Loki is bisexual
, having sexual relations with both male and female in mythology. Bearing in mind Loki’s dark side as well as his good one, he is most valuable as a witty, entertaining friend, and a God to call upon.
Loki is not an evil malevolent being or the Norse version of Satan or some fallen angel. The later influence of Christianity on Norse culture resulted in changing the mythology portraying Loki as evil incarnate. This is not uncommon, Christianity often demonizes other religions gods.
Loki represents both our divine intelligence and also free will whereby we can choose for good or ill, and if we make a mistake to correct it. He typifies the human mind: on one hand clever, foolish, immature; on the other hand, he personifies the elevating, aspiring traits in human intelligence.
Loki is still worshiped today and one who worships or is dedicated to Loki as their primary God is called a Lokean
. Compare to Odinist
In pop culture:
Loki is a supervillian in Marvel comics.
Loki is a hero in Valhalla comic books.
Loki is a character on Mario and Luigi video games.
Loki is a character in the movie Domga
Loki is the spirit who inhabits the mask in the movie, “The Mask”.
Loki is a main character in the novel “American Gods”.
In Star Gate SG-1 Loki is a renegade Asgard
who is responsible of many alien abductions
in which he genetically experiments with human DNA in order to try and solve his races genetic degradation that is caused by excessive cloning.
The dog star, Sirius, is referred to as "Lokabrenna."