Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

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Publication Date

Fall 12-5-2018

Faculty Advisor(s)

Eileen Jankowski


Loki is commonly recognized as one of the many characters inhabiting the cinematic universe of Marvel. There, he is the son of Odin, brother of Thor, and the god of mischief. In the original context of Norse mythology, all but one of those descriptors are incorrect. Besides being an antagonist that often opposes Thor in the Marvel franchise, he has significance in Norse mythology from being the only god living in Asgard despite descending from giants of Jotunheim to his role in the end of Asgard and the world, better known as Ragnarok. He is seen as a god despite not embodying any traits valued by the Norse people and not being worshipped as one either. Being the god of mischief, Loki also regularly deceives others either through illusions and shapeshifting or his cunning nature and schemes. Why have this god at all? Loki often betrays and tricks the gods for fun or for his own self gain, but he will also help them although it is usually when the situation aligns with his desires or when he sees no other option. In this research, Loki will be examined in his many faces and forms, and show why he is critical to Norse mythology as well as how he’s been translated into modern media.


Presented at the Fall 2018 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.

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