Miscellaneous Myths: Loki
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  • GhostCrystal

    Red: What were you the god of again? Loki: *bundled up and sobbing* I don't even know anymore leave me alone!!

  • Molly Encrypted
    Molly Encrypted

    I like Norse mythology a lot more than Greek because it's basically just one long barfight fueled by bad decisions and that's very entertaining to observe.

  • Sofie Moltved
    Sofie Moltved

    I don’t know if anyone has said it but “lokkenet” could also come from the word “lokke” which means “to lure”. And Loki is (to my knowledge) called “loke” with a single k in Swedish. It is a big difference in Nordic languages. I don’t speak Faroese or Swedish, but I do speak danish. And Swedish and Danish are like estranged siblings: different in key ways, but also very very similar. So the word “lokkenet” could mean “Loki’s net” or “net that lures in”, but without concrete evidence from a scholar or native speaker I wouldn’t draw any major conclusions from the translation.

  • Kicchan

    Rewatching this and on 21:07 I'm literally wheezing bcs I'm reminded of Loki's modifier in Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint (a great novel for history and mythology geeks, yall) which is "one who likes to change gender" and the fact that he turned the deutagonist of that novel into a woman for fun 🤣

  • Daniel Rossy
    Daniel Rossy

    Look up "Howl's moving castle" a movie by Studio Ghibli. The Demon at the hearth of the titular castle, Calsifer, is I think, Loki himself.

  • agenttheater5

    26:30 I still think he's doubled over with laughter at that - the biggest prank of the millennial!

  • RegEXmuslima

    That ring sounds very Tolkienish....

  • Vezerai

    I think it's pretty obvious Loki is the god of fun. Stories are not only told for wisdom and sacrifices to the gods surely was a rarity compared to telling stories of them. Loki just does weird shit for no reason and enjoys it. Thats fun on a childs level. It seems to be simple to connect the storytelling about a pantheon of gods to one story being about the god who does whatever the fuck for whatever reason. And i dont know all the stories or whatever. But it makes sense that one god that would be for the children, and also the child in all adults, would exist in such a culture. Finally fun is for every day and why sacrifice for it when it comes for free?

  • samuel reese
    samuel reese

    I think an aspect of Loki is that he is the only one who knows the whole truth of what he did or didn't do, and knowing how things really were were a major part of how he solved his problems. I think he is a shape changer solely because you need to follow clues to root out the Truth. He may well be the roshack or Sherlock of norse mythology.

  • Tommy hasn’t seen star wars yet
    Tommy hasn’t seen star wars yet

    9:05 who’s the more foolish? the fool? or the fool who follows him?

  • Tornado825

    I'll just call him the god of trolling

  • Matt S
    Matt S

    Loki is adhd

  • Dante

    This video gave birth to a dnd campaign

  • Mister Griffin
    Mister Griffin


  • Gamer Man
    Gamer Man

    a genderfluid trickster god with an horse fetish who gets blamed for everything, truly a god for the modern age

  • Potato Produtions
    Potato Produtions

    I've been binge watching these deep dives and I'm hoping for Artemis next. Looking forward to the future now that we're also getting videos on Norse gods and potentially beyond.

  • MCHogan

    the god of lies deceiving you about his true meaning and identity, makes perfect sense

  • free headd
    free headd

    Jesus loves you

  • Becky Glenn
    Becky Glenn

    Just wondering why Red hasn't done a Bromance Troupe? I mean come on Blue can guest star in it with a Florence dome.

  • Jorge Emilio
    Jorge Emilio

    Now I want an anime about Loki similar to Talentless Nana, where after seeing how evil the Aesir are, he starts killing them one by one in really convoluted plans, starting with him tricking Hodur into killing Baldr. Being the underdog since everyone is times stronger than him and with everyone suspecting him from day one

  • Sambo

    20:42 killroy was here

  • iloveastronomyandbirds

    I absolutely *LOVE* mythology its soooooooo interesting

  • Atomic Lights
    Atomic Lights

    What if Loki is just the God/Goddess of Confusion and Contradiction? That would be rather unique now wouldn't it.

  • Lego007guy M
    Lego007guy M

    What if he's actually the God of thieves and trickery? That would explain why his worship was never recorded cause who's gonna record that.

  • Roachbagjr

    I really want a Hephaestus video of this sort cause I feel everyone always forgets/sleeps on him and he's on of the main gods of the pantheon

  • Mike Thompson
    Mike Thompson

    Theory: Baldur became God after the Christianized Ragnorok. There’s a game called “Baldur’s Gate.” Baldur’s Gate=Gates to Heaven?

  • Brave Jewess
    Brave Jewess

    Um, sorry but does anyone out there know the name of the melody that plays out at 07:09? I'd like to know it. It sounds SOOOOO cool.

  • Meiron Gutman
    Meiron Gutman

    Aw shit she watched earth's greatest heroes

  • TuneLola

    Lokkanät is not Swedish. It might have been used at some point but it's nowhere near our modern "spindelväv/spindelnät".

  • Justin Yang
    Justin Yang

    However, the Kenaz Rune is both the rune of fire and the rune of Loki. This could be some sort of clue in?

  • Daed Nevar
    Daed Nevar

    red is really out here making me contemplate if loki was jesus and if the aesir were the assholes

  • Austin Soares
    Austin Soares

    Wow, so this is basically Macbeth and Paradise Lost combined and hundreds of years before either were written... I think I need lie down now.

  • 7cNickel

    At 4:56 Loki says "You didn't write down the thing with the goat, right?" This is in reference to the time Loki tied his balls to the beard of a goat for a game of tug of war at a party. Because he was trying to cheer up a woman who was sad because her father had died. Because Loki had burned him to death. But hey it worked!

  • Grace Chapman
    Grace Chapman

    (step up your game, Duolingo) I LOST IT

  • Heihogamer 001
    Heihogamer 001

    I thought Loki challenged Isaac to a duel to the death, only to get killed by Isaac's weaponized tears, and then Loki had to be stitched together with Hornfel to stay alive, both running into Isaac again, and getting killed, leaving Loki as II Lokis, so he adopted the name Lokii, before getting killed for real this time by Isaac again. TL;DR: Isaac is Thanos.

  • Rah Collier
    Rah Collier

    Wait, Spider? Eight-legged horse? Spider horse? AAAHHHHH!!!

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  • Jorja Davidson
    Jorja Davidson

    Red: Lies and trickery were his personality, not his domain. Thor wasn’t the god of getting drunk and hitting stuff Me: you sure that isn’t Thor’s domain?

  • Christopher Castillo
    Christopher Castillo

    So he's like Hecate, Hermes, and Hestia combined.

  • Dylan Poblitz
    Dylan Poblitz

    13:40 you forgot about the Greeks, The Primordial gets it so do the titan and the gods and the metis 2nd child can kill the gods along with that cow serpent.

  • Nova Racco
    Nova Racco

    Wow AC valhalla was on point with its Norse mythology

  • Gergő Kun
    Gergő Kun

    Are we certain that Loki isnt suppose to be a women, since he gave birth not once? ??? Its kinda suprising how in line the MCU Loki is with these stories.

  • Nassana

    I want someone to send this to Tom Hiddleston to see if he reacts. IDK maybe he already knows a lot of this, but I think he'd like the "Loki is the scapegoat" thing.

  • Tyler Van Meter
    Tyler Van Meter

    Could the “Isis” that were mentioned by the Romans to be seen in the Nordic mythos be a reference the rainbow bridge? Forgive me if I’m wrong, my knowledge of Norse mythology is spotty at best

  • Yeontan's SugaDaddy
    Yeontan's SugaDaddy

    His gay habits 🤣

  • Yeontan's SugaDaddy
    Yeontan's SugaDaddy

    Chaotic jesus

  • Butter Bun
    Butter Bun

    Loki is just one big mama bird, case closed

  • Friðrik Rafn Arnarson
    Friðrik Rafn Arnarson

    Loki is not the only one with jotun heritage, basically all the gods have some jotun in them. Great video btw :)

  • Michael Psedo
    Michael Psedo

    now i want stories with loki as the protagonist that ISNT marvel fanfic

  • Unknown User .O.N
    Unknown User .O.N

    Ugh Christians Took A lot and I’m just mad at that because Now people have this Restrict against us and now we are the most persecuted “religion” in the world. Also yes Christianity was actually suppose to be different from religion and only relationship with Jesus and the belief of the God. Not anything else Dang it. *Adam and Eve..so..* So yes I’m mad at Christians Cause Now We can’t Do anything thanks to our own People!! Also this is Very interesting and I hope you do a Lucifer video like this. I’m generally Interested. ☺️

  • Cheeto Rat
    Cheeto Rat

    Dilf loki

  • rae

    so loki is chaotic-neutral jesus-satan

  • Jorge Leiva
    Jorge Leiva

    Loki was lowkey a lilith

  • nihanth devalapalli
    nihanth devalapalli

    more monkey king videos

  • Joakim Lundgren
    Joakim Lundgren

    The Gandalf movie character is influenced by Odin. Wise man with staff.

  • Hircine

    Man they were really shit at drawing back in the day.

  • IvanLagayacrus

    3 years of dodging god of war spoilers and this is how that streak dies huh

  • citation pending
    citation pending

    I'll have a fish please.

  • Eon101

    So, wait, Loki was being portrayed as a kinda sympathetic chaotic neutral anti-hero in the old mythological records? Huh...maybe Marvel got something right about him after all.

  • John Cena Babadaba
    John Cena Babadaba

    Modern scholar: How would you describe yourself? Loki, chugging a flagon of mead: Chaotic Neutral degenerate.

  • madcat789

    The Æsir lie, cheat, break their debts? They must be Trojans.

  • Ribbons0121 R121
    Ribbons0121 R121

    no one gonna aacknoledge the "perpetually drunk"?

  • SonicSquire *
    SonicSquire *

    are we sure lokis a guy

    • GhostBear3067

      Well, most of the time...

  • Ribbons0121 R121
    Ribbons0121 R121

    ok two images are amazing 1.the part of "um..a smoothie" 2.the [part where a smol snek gets yeeted into the ocean

  • Ribbons0121 R121
    Ribbons0121 R121

    did...did she just call out duolingo?

  • Mike Snicer
    Mike Snicer

    Nice tune. 🤘🏼

  • TheRed Ghostman
    TheRed Ghostman

    He could be God if stories

  • Maggie Broadstreet
    Maggie Broadstreet

    Who is the blue haired protagonist loki and what franchise is he from.

  • Aleksei Schafer
    Aleksei Schafer

    Thank you for including the little details. You said 'bog iron' and I got lost down a rabbit hole of chemistry, geography, and history.

  • Nassaneiru

    I’m sorry, but. Demon dog. Demon dog. DEMON DOG. Let me Make it simpler, D-E-M-O-N D-O-G. Me love dog, yes?

  • Nikki Lyn
    Nikki Lyn

    I just love that all the most cursed kinks are from ancient times like mpreg 😂

  • Casey Matthew
    Casey Matthew

    Loki =Jesus

  • Soham Date
    Soham Date

    9:05 The 'guy' who gives birth to a 'horse'???? How does one do that? Lol

  • Name 22
    Name 22

    The goat thing is probably Loki tied one end of a rope to a goat and the other end around his testicles and began a game of tug of war.

  • Violet Vulpix
    Violet Vulpix

    I headcanon that Loki has no concept of “future” and just constantly acts on impulse and what sounds fun, for better or worse.

  • Zhechel Lin
    Zhechel Lin

    Wait, if Loki is actually a spider, it would make way more sense for him to invent fishing nets(weaving webs) and giving birth to an eight-legged horse(spiders have 8 legs).

  • jacob lopez
    jacob lopez

    I love the art for these stories, 17:06 "BRO WHAT THE HELL!?!?"

  • spector wing
    spector wing

    Ah yes my recipe for loki Let's see here... A sprinkle of acidna A half cup of pandora And a package of Jesus. Let it simmer for a few hundred years and tada loki

  • matt sherlock
    matt sherlock

    This reminds me of my favorite loki comic. Loki agent of Asgard, a series about loki trying to escape his role as the designated bad guy in thor's story (the gods in this series are kinda living stories, so they are aware that they are shaped by how they are perceived and what kind of story they are in) and in doing so recontexualing his nature as a god of lies by making himself a god of stories instead.

  • CC

    I love how Loki is drawn as clearly having fun in all his roles, even Cartoon Lucifer, but he is visibly uncomfortable as the Antihero!

    • Loki TheGuywhogavebirthtoahorse
      Loki TheGuywhogavebirthtoahorse

      I am

  • Jason Tanner
    Jason Tanner

    This... Is a majestic piece of work. So well researched and assembled. I love you for this. (And how much knowledge and humor you have brought to my life.) Brava! Bravo!

  • christopher snedeker
    christopher snedeker

    I think it may be that Loki was ment to be an odd man out among the Asier. A working class home and family God among the gods of kings and warriors.

  • Theturtleowl

    Loki is kinda the glue that holds the most important myths together.

  • Loreena MacRae
    Loreena MacRae

    A lot of us who do deity work actually really enjoy having Loki around. He is chaotic but he's also gentle and loving. He'll make you confront your issues but make sure nobody upsets you. If you give him offerings of booze, weed, candy, or toys (he's easily amused), he'll make your life easy and keep you happy. While he may not be a "main" god, he's still a god that will help you be the best, most authentic version of yourself.

  • Elizabeth Hawes
    Elizabeth Hawes

    Question: What's the music at 5:47? It also showed up in the Arthur's Knights video with Galehaut.

  • 0verhaul

    Loki is a mess of themes and narratives. And that's the most Loki thing ever

  • Q. Parablesque
    Q. Parablesque

    Baldr's death reads to me as a moral fable. It shows the folly of a parent's desire to protect their child from the world. Freya instilled a sense of invulnerability in her son, which leads to the contest that results in his death. Chaos reminds us that no one is invulnerable. There is a tragic logic is Baldr dying from mistletoe. Parents try to anticipate every danger to their child, great and small. But they can never anticipate every threat. Giving the child a sense of perpetual safety can be very dangerous. Freya denied Baldr the ability or need to fear harm, which killed him in the end.

  • Noah Nguyen
    Noah Nguyen

    That's totally Loki's nature!

  • Rev Bear
    Rev Bear

    Points I brought up in my religious study's course years ago. It was fun to watch the professors have a stroke.

  • beril şevval bekret
    beril şevval bekret

    I still don't understand how abrahamic religons mostly christianity and islam managed to get into so many people's head.

  • Karl Holde
    Karl Holde

    Describing kvasir as "Future key ingredient in the mead of poetry" is freaking hilarious.

  • Rahul Iyer_22
    Rahul Iyer_22

    Maybe loki's name is related to "entangler" because he connects everyone's fates at ragnarok?

  • Ben Joshua Landicho
    Ben Joshua Landicho

    Ohmygod Loki is Jesus! I should start a cult

  • Guro Kjenner Brånå
    Guro Kjenner Brånå

    I wonder if Loki could be connected to Lørdag/Laurdag, the name for Saturday. Laurdag means washing-day, and isn't connected to any god. I don't know the etymology of it, but Loki and Laur sounds vaguely familiar? Plus Loki's transformation into a fish connects him to water, and an association with cleaning would also connect him further to the domestic sphere. Furthermore, if Laurdag was connected to Loki then that would give him a day of the week. And, (this is obviously wild speculation), it could connect him to Saturn, whose association with periodic renewal and parentage can be connected to Loki's role as a parent and in Ragnarok.

  • Fost xSwire
    Fost xSwire

    I believe it's more likely that people gave Loki offerings to keep him away.

    • Fost xSwire
      Fost xSwire

      @Mya Hamilton Wow, one time Loki was called upon by humans! He was one of the Norse gods, until he betrayed them. He was an okay guy, until he betrayed everyone.

    • Mya Hamilton
      Mya Hamilton

      Okay, except that there's a story where that's quite the opposite from what from what happens. In the story, Loka Táttur, a farmer calls on Odin, then Hœnir, and finally Loki to protect his son from a jotunn he made a bet that he would give said jotunn his son if he won. Even though the story was written down really late. It could possibly show that there was an older tradition about Loki protecting humans. Never mind the fact that Loki actually calls Odin out for his treatment of human men in Lokasenna. According to that same poem he supposedly spent eight years living among humans as well. Unfortunately, this story is not recorded. However oh, that doesn't mean he's a nice guy. He's not, nor does he pretend to be. Odin would actually be worse than comparison. Considering the fact that he killed human men ruthlessly and that's why would any human want to worship Him considering the fact that he would just take their loved ones away.

  • Fost xSwire
    Fost xSwire

    Loki doesn't just find some random heart of an unknow person. It was the heart of one of the three witches who gave the Norse gods gold. Whom the Norse gods burnt for her evil deeds. Loki is so adamant to destroy her that he eats her partially burnt heart. The witches final trick. The vile heart corrupts Loki and turns him against the gods. The way to hell is paved with good intentions. It is after this that Loki begins the building of Nagilfar.

  • Mason Walline
    Mason Walline

    Fenris is a good boi.

  • Jawa

    >"anyone who tells you they know what Loki's deal was is trying to sell you something" >is trying to sell us Loki enamel pins

  • Waffle Weirdo
    Waffle Weirdo

    People's interpretation of Loki: SATAN or Rebel Antihero Actual Loki: *Can't stop getting pregnant*

  • Primo Victoria
    Primo Victoria

    Because of your legends and classics summarized I know about more stories than anyone else in my English class, thank you.