Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. LO-kee(English)
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Meaning & History

Meaning unknown, possibly derived from the Germanic root *luka meaning "knot, lock". In Norse mythology Loki was a trickster god associated with magic and shape shifting. Loki's children include the wolf Fenrir, the sea serpent Jörmungandr, and the queen of the dead Hel. After he orchestrated the death of Balder, the other gods tied him to a rock below a snake that dripped venom onto his face. It is told that he will break free during Ragnarök, the final battle, and slay and be slain by Heimdall.

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Other Languages & CulturesLoke(Danish) Loke(Norwegian) Loke(Swedish)
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Loki in a drawing by Arthur Rackham (1910), based on Wagner's opera Das RheingoldLoki in a drawing by Arthur Rackham (1910), based on Wagner's opera Das Rheingold

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Entry updated April 25, 2021