Differences between Marvel Loki and Myth Loki
Same as the other posts, just differences between the movie portrayal and mythological Loki. I will mention that yes in both portrayals Loki is a Jotunn, a trickster who can shape shift and has other magical abilities. However, Loki’s a complicated guy, a lot remains unknown about him.
- Marvel Loki was abandoned at birth, Myth Loki wasn’t
Pretty straight-forward. This is a huge part of what makes Marvel Loki who he is and is a plot pusher. Being abandoned by his father, when in mythology it’s safe to say he wasn’t. Which leads me to the next point:
- Marvel Loki’s dad is Laufey, Myth Loki’s mother is Laufey.
Not quite sure why Marvel changed Laufey’s gender but oh well. Laufey is Loki’s mother and he takes her name rather than his father’s which is interesting as most just take their father’s.
- Hair color?
This is actually a weak difference, because Loki’s hair color and physical appearance is never described in myths. All they say is that he’s handsome. Many assume it might have been red, due to his affinity with fire. But for all we know, Marvel just might be right on this.
- Marvel Loki is single*, Myth Loki is married.
*Once again I talking about in the movies
In myth, Loki is married to Sigyn, a goddess, together they had two children.
- Marvel Loki has a rather tense relationship with Odin and Thor, Myth Loki not so much
This, of course, changed after Loki killed Balder, Odin’s son. But before that they got along fine sans the tricks Loki often pulled and managed to enlist Thor’s help in several of them.
- Marvel Loki is Odin’s adopted son, Myth Loki is his blood brother.
Something I have already mentioned. Odin and Loki took a blood oath to be
bffs brothers because they took an instant liking to each other. Odin liked all the knowledge Loki had and Loki thought Odin was cool. And so Loki was welcomed to Asgard and it was there that he also hung out with Thor.
- Marvel Loki wants to be King of Asgard, Myth Loki doesn’t.
We’ve all heard Loki’s “I’m the rightful king of Asgard!” in the movies, but Myth Loki, seeing as how he was never adopted by Odin, never expressed a want to rule Asgard. Majority of the time, he was very loyal to Asgard.
- Loki’s punishment
In Thor 2, Loki’s punishment is spent out in a rather cozy jail cell with furniture and good lighting.
In mythology, after causing the death of Balder, Loki is chained up in a cave, with a serpent dripping poison on his upturned face. His wife Sigyn, holds a bowl over his face to stop the poison from hitting him, but has to dump it out every now and then, during the times it hits his face, he cringes and causes the world to quake.
Loki will remain tied up until Ragnarok, the apocalypse, in which himself and other Norse deities are prophesied to die in the battle.
^^And Loki’s chains? Are made of his son, Narvi, after his throat was ripped out by his brother Vali, who had been turned into a wolf by Odin for that purpose. Both were his sons by Sigyn.
Loki also had a fling with a giantess named Angrboda and by her had Fenrir, a huge wolf, Hela, a girl who was half dead and half living, and Jormungandr, the World Serpent. The gods didn’t like these kids very much and ended up shipping them out or locking them up. Jormungandr ended up stuck at the roots of Yggdrasil biting his own tail (when he lets go, Reagnarok will begin), Fenrir got tricked into being bound at the foot of a tree, and Hela got transferred to Helheim, where she made the most out of a bad situation and became Queen of the Underworld.
Also, Loki once shape-shifted into a mare to distract Svadilfiri, the world’s mightiest stallion, from helping a guy build a wall around Asgard. The gods had made this bet that this builder couldn’t build this wall in x amount of time and he was winning the bet but he was cheating by using this stallion so they were like HEY LOKI HELP US and Loki, as stated above, changed into a fine lady horse and whinnied in the distance
which in horse language was HEY BIG BOY LEMME SHOW U WHAT A REAL MARE IS LIKE
so Svadilfiri was like HELL YEAH IMMA GET ME SOME OF THAT
and he broke his traces
and chased Mare!Loki
and caught Mare!Loki
and Loki disappeared for about nine months and the gods were like HMM I WONDER WHAT HAPPENED TO LOKI
and Loki came back to Asgard, like, a total disheveled mess with this eight-legged baby foal and Odin was like
BRO THAT IS HELLA TIGHT MIND IF I RIDE IT AROUND WHEN IT GETS BIGGER
and Loki was like FINE I HOPE YOUR FUCKING BET WAS WORTH IT BY THE WAY HIS NAME IS SLEIPNIR
and that’s the story of Loki’s other kids
I remember reading that Myth Loki actually was known for coming down and having children with human men fairly often.