the dictionary of norse mythology


SHAPE-SHIFTER Shape Changer Gods and giants magically change form often within the sto-ries of Norse mythology. This was a complete physical transformation, not merely a surface disguise. Most commonly they took the shape of eagles or falcons to fly swiftly over land.The supreme god odin had the power to change shape at will and took on many different identities to walk among humans. He and freya preferred the form of the hawk for their supernatural travels. loki, though, was the most famous shape changer, for he would change gender as well as form. In the story of the giant master builder, Loki became a mare to

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