Loki’s Most Famous Tricks in Norse Mythology

Loki was known as the Norse Trickster God who liked making fun of and pranking others. Here are some of his biggest antics in Norse mythology: 

Spoiling the feast     

Aegir (ocean giant) planned to give a feast one day. On the day of his feast, his two servants welcomed all the guests and gave them tons of praises and compliments. However, Loki got annoyed by this so he decided to kill one of the two servants. What Loki did made the gods furious and angry at him. They wanted him to go away but after a while, he came back and he swore to Odin the allfather that despite what happened, they could still hang out and drink harmoniously together. The gods hesitantly allowed him to join them again, but little did they know that the Trickster God was just faking it. His ungratefulness and bitterness became evident when he insulted everyone, including Odin. He was so annoying and loud but he finally shut up when Thor appeared and threatened to smash his skull to dust.              

Cutting Sif's hair      

Out of boredom, Loki decided to sneak into the room of Sif, Thor’s wife. She was famous for her beautiful golden hair and the sneaky Trickster God decided to cut her hair off without any hesitation. He wasn’t able to get away with his bad deed though as the God of Thunder caught him. Thor wasn’t having any of it and he wanted to kill him right there and then. But Loki was able to persuade him to let him go and gave him another chance to make up for his bad behavior. Loki then went to the land of dwarves and asked them to create a beautiful golden hair as replacement for Sif’s hair.               

Shapeshifting into a female horse

There was a giant builder in Norse mythology who wanted to build the protective walls of Asgard with a fairly fast turnaround. In return for doing that, he asked and proposed to get the Sun, the Moon, and the opportunity to marry goddess Freya. Since the gods believed that he would never finish the task on time, they agreed with his terms. The giant builder worked at an amazing speed but the Trickster God Loki wanted to prevent him from finishing the task. Loki decided to shapeshift himself into a female horse and seduced the giant builder’s stallion. The giant later found out that his stallion was missing and this made him furious because this would prevent him from finishing his task on time. He was planning to smash Asgard out of frustration but the gods knew what he was about to do so Thor slain him using his Mjolnir hammer and smashed his skull into pieces. Loki eventually gave birth to Sleipner, an eight-legged horse.  

Messing with Thor's hammer      

This story is the sequel to the story of the Loki-Thor feud after cutting Sif's hair. The Trickster God was happy that the first group of dwarves he visited were able to produce what he was looking for. However, he taunted another group of dwarves and underestimated them that they couldn’t come up with something better. He even bet his head but these dwarves wanted to prove him wrong. They worked their butts off and Loki felt worried and threatened with the progress they were making so he decided to shapeshift into a fly. He stung the dwarves to distract them and this was the reason behind why the weapon they were making (Thor’s hammer) had a short handle. 

Baldur’s death

It came to a point when the gods couldn’t take Loki’s antics anymore so they decided to severely punish him after Baldur’s death. Before his death, Loki found out that the only thing that could harm Baldur was a mistletoe. So Loki decided to trick Hodr (a blind god) to throw a mistletoe at Baldur and he died right away because of that. 


There you have it. These are just some of the biggest tricks of Loki in Norse mythology. What we can learn from this is that we should be careful trusting people again after they did us wrong because they could blindside us and do something beyond our comprehension.     


References:

https://norse-mythology.org/tales/loki-and-the-dwarves/

https://norse-mythology.org/tales/the-fortification-of-asgard/

https://bavipower.com/blogs/bavipower-viking-blog/lokis-biggest-tricks

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