Loki is a prominent god in Norse mythlogy, a trickster god and shapeshifter. He is chained to a rock by the other gods after orchestrating the death of Baldr for all eternity until the advent of Ragnarok where he and another god, Heimdallr, kill each other in battle. He was the blood-brother of Odin and the father of Fenrir (a giant wolf that was prophesied to kill Odin during Ragnarok though he would in turn be killed by Odin’s son Víðarr), Jormungand (a sea serpent that grew so big that it encircled the world, grabbing its own tail, an ouroboros; when it releases its tail than that would signal the beginning of Ragnarok) and Hel (the goddess of death who presided over the realm of the dead) by the giantess (or Jötunn) Angrboða. The etymology of the name is uncertain. It could be derived from a Proto-Germanic root *luką (lock; shutter; an opening, aperture, hole) via PIE *lewg- (to bend), likely in reference that he liked to cause entanglements or to cause tangles/knots/loops since he seemed to have a history of cunning schemes. It’s also possible that it comes from Proto-Germanic *laugiz (flame, blaze) via PIE root word *lewk- (bright; to shine); Old Norse logi (flame); or from Proto-Germanic *lugô (liar; traitor; one who breaks (an agreement, covenant) from a PIE root word.
- Loke (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)