The story of Loki's children

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The story of Loki's children


When Loki was banished from Asgard, he was punished by his father Odin (the ruler of heaven) with a magical necklace that did him no good and weighed him down. The only way he could rid himself of the burden of the Curse of the Gods was if he passed it on to others. He created The Children of Loki – beings who hated everything about their creator but carried his curse nonetheless. His intention was for them to spread pain and suffering across the world.


Who are Loki's children?

Loki is the god of fire, of mischief, and the father of many children. Some are more famous than others, but all have a connection to the Scandinavian pantheon. The most well-known of Loki's children are:

-Jormungandr, the World Serpent

-Fenrir, the Great Wolf

-Hel, Queen of Helheim (the underworld)

-Vali, son of Rind and Odin

While these four are Loki's most famous offspring, he has also been mentioned in some myths as the father of:

-Byleistr (daughter of Thor and Sif)

-Hela (daughter of Loki and Angerboda)

-Vali's twin brother Narfi (son of Loki and Sigyn


Who is the strongest child of Loki?

Fenrir is the most famous child of Loki, the Norse god of mischief. There's a lot of great things that can be said about Fenrir, but his strength is probably the one that stands out the most. Fenrir is known to be so strong that he could easily break free from any bonds; this applies both to ropes and to magic spells. Even though he was chained up by the gods, there's really no doubt that he could have broken free if he wanted to.

There are conflicting legends about whether or not Fenrir will end up killing Odin, but there's no doubt that he would have been a serious threat if he hadn't been. It's not just that he was strong enough to kill Odin—it's also because Fenrir was intelligent enough to know how to kill Odin. In fact, some legends say that Fenrisulfr (Fenrir's wolf form) knew exactly where Odin's weak spot was located, and it wouldn't be hard for him to attack his father since Odin has a habit of getting defeated more often than not by other gods and giants.


How did Loki get pregnant?

First, let's make one thing clear: it was not a common thing for a male god to get pregnant in the Norse myths. So we have to figure out how Loki got pregnant.

Loki was born a shapeshifter, and in Norse mythology, this means that he could change into any gender. If a male shapeshifter wants to have children, then he can impregnate his wife, who will then give birth to a child of the opposite gender.

In the same way that Loki wanted to destroy the gods (his family), he wanted to destroy the rules of society, including the conservative rules about what was considered proper for men and women. Just as he had no qualms about shapeshifting and dressing in drag, he had no qualms about becoming pregnant and giving birth.

In fact, not only does Loki become pregnant, but his pregnancy is also one of the reasons why there are so many other shapeshifters running around. He gives birth to three monsters: Hel (the ruler of Helheim), Jormungand (the Midgard Serpent), and Fenrir (the giant wolf who is eventually chained).


Why are Loki's children animals?

Loki was famous for his many shapeshifting abilities.

But in the myths, he rarely shifted into any animal besides a giant wolf. So why did he give his kids bizarre animal forms?

The most popular theory is that he was afraid of hurting them, so he would transform them into creatures that could not be harmed by other gods or gods' weapons.

In this way, he could keep his children with him at all times without worrying about them dying.

Most scholars believe that Loki's children had their animal forms because of what their father was capable of doing.


What did the gods do with Loki's children?

When the gods first encountered Loki's children, Fenrir, Jormungandr and Hela, they didn't know what to make of them. They knew that these three couldn't possibly be normal children—they had to be something special. So the gods decided that they would test each one in a different way.

In the case of Fenrir, he was brought to a cave where Odin laid down his sword and his spear for him to play with. Fenrir immediately grasped Odin's spear and broke it in half. Then he grabbed Odin's sword and snapped that too. That was when the gods realized how dangerous Fenrir really was.

And when Jormungandr was brought to a pool of water so that he could learn how to swim, he promptly swam out into the ocean without stopping even once. The gods thought that this meant that Jormungandr could never be tamed. And they were right!

Even Hela came under scrutiny by the gods when she was brought to Baldr's funeral pyre as a baby so she could learn how to pass through fire without being hurt by it. And she succeeded! So now, we know that Hela is just as invincible as Baldr is.


What happened to Loki's children?

The most known stories are of were Jörmungandr and Fenrir. They were killed by the gods of Asgard when Loki was bound to a rock in the middle of Niflheim.

Jörmungandr was an enormous serpent who grew so large that it wrapped itself around the earth and bit its own tail. It was prophesied that one day he would break free of his bonds and devour both Asgard and Midgard (Earth).

Fenrir was a giant wolf-like monster who also grew so large that he could swallow an entire ship with one gulp. He too was destined to break free from his bounds and destroy everything in his path until he was slain by Odin's son Víðarr.

When Thor killed Jörmungandr during Ragnarok, he threw its body into the sea where it landed upon Midgard (Earth). The waves caused by this event created floods all over the world which destroyed all life on Earth including men and gods alike.



At the end of the day, Loki's Children is a simple story about one man's discovery of his truth. The Gods may punish humanity for its transgressions, but there isn't anything inherently evil about them. They exist only because we created them. If we decide to imagine other possibilities, we can still change reality. We won't be puppets on a string any longer. And isn't that what being human is all about?

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