I've always thought that Loki's evilness is a misconception. He is the "God" of mischief
and a trickster
, but he is not really evil
. He is a son of giant
s), who are considered the evil counterparts of the Aesir
, but he has been accepted as a friend and advisor of Odin
. On several occasions, for example when Skadi
comes to Asgard
for revenge (see my wu on Skadi
), Loki is in fact a creative
hero, finding solutions no other Aesir
could think of. Personally, I think Loki's role in Norse Mythology
is to show us that even those who seem evil at first glance may have good ideals.
One of the stories about Loki is the gifts to the gods.
Incidentially, the Aesir eventually gets fed up with Loki and chains him to a mountain, where a serpent drips poison in his eyes. His wife, Sigyn does not abandon him, but tries to stop the poison with a bowl. When the containter is full, she has to turn and empty it. This causes the painful venom to drip in Loki's eye, and he twists in pain, causing earthquakes.