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Description: Loki,(aka Logi ("wildfire"), Loge (German)) is the trickster of the Scandinavian pantheon. Scholars consider him a psychological aspect of Odin, but mythology records him as a son of the giant Farbauti and one of his wives, the giantess Laufey. (He is also foster-brother to Odin.) He was married to the faithful Sigyn. To call Loki a trickster is to malign the word. He is a malicious God who is pleasant to look upon, but dangerous to meet up with. Loki was the father (with his mistress, Angrboda) of Hel, the Goddess who ruled the realm of the dead in the north; as well as the Midgard Serpent, (Jormungand) and the huge wolf Fenrir. Loki is the mother of Odin's eight-legged charger, Sleipnir. (Loki had turned himself into a mare.) Loki caused the death of the God Baldur (Balder) as well as the God Aegir. For causing the death of Baldur; Loki was chained across three boulders; and a poisonous snake was placed above his head. Loki's faithful wife, Sigyn, holds a bowl over his face (to catch the dripping venom). When she has to leave to empty the bowl; the venom falls on Loki's face making him twist in pain. Scandinavian legend says that it is Loki writhing in pain which causes earthquakes. Legend also states that at the beginning of Ragnarok, Loki's chains will break and he will lead the giants into battle against the Gods. Loki is invoked for trickery and destruction.

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