the dictionary of norse mythology


LAUFEY Tree Island A giantess and mother of loki, whose father, farbauti, was also a giant. Some stories say Laufey gave birth to Loki when a lightning bolt thrown by Farbauti struck her. Laufey apparently did not raise Loki, since Icelandic author snorri sturluson and others say that the trickster god was a foster brother of odin, the most powerful Norse god.In Sorlathattra, a Norse saga more ancient than Snorri's 13th-century prose edda, Loki's mother is named Nal, which means needle. In this story, his mother is slender and weak.

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