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Loki : The Trickster Archetype, And The Hero

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Loki is a complicated Norse pagan god associated with both the trickster archetype, and the devil. He helps the gods out of countless predicaments, yet he ultimately leads to their deaths. When most think of Loki, his monstrous children and role in Ragnarok come to mind. Recently, he has entered the collective consciousness due to his role as a villain in the popular Marvel movie, Thor. His changes in behavior can be explained by the influence of Christianity on Norse pagan religion. Loki had originally been an ambivalent trickster character, but eventually is portrayed as being like Satan. Rather than paganism influencing Christianity, as was common in other cultures, Christianity influenced Norse paganism by drawing parallels between the two mythologies. Loki’s portrayal began as a trickster god, became a parallel of the devil as Balder became increasingly Christ-like, and his modern representation is a mixture of the two opposing portrayals.
Originally, Loki was a morally ambiguous trickster character who was Odin and Thor’s companion. He helped them out of countless predicaments, although he also caused some of those predicaments himself. He was unpredictable, and even dishonorable at times, but rarely was he ever outright malicious. In one myth, a frost giant demands Freya’s hand in marriage, if he could rebuild the walls of Asgard in a single day (Godesky, 2006). They agreed, thinking he could never accomplish such a feat. However, the giant surprised the gods by
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