Daughter of Loki

Daughter of Loki: Hela, Goddess of Death, is the daughter of Loki. She was borne with Loki, the god of a trickster, and Angerboda, a Giantess from Jotunheimen. Hela is a two-faced girl because of her parents’ hybrid complication.

How is Hela Daughter of Loki?

Daughter of Loki is Hel, mentioned in Old Norse myth, which means the world of the deceased. Later, it came to know the Goddess of Death. Hela is the ruler of hell, one of nine realms underworld, called Niflheim where she received the deceased.

Her appearance is quite different from other Aesir. Her half face is as beautiful as that of her father and half of her face is ugly like that of her mother. For this reason, Odin gives her name Goddess of the afterlife and sends her to Niflheim, and hands over her the authority of hell.

That’s where she had to administer board and arranged the residences for those, who die of sickness or old age. Aesir believed that those who fell on the battlefield would not go to Hel rather to god Odin’s Valhalla.

In Norse Myth

In Norse myth, Hela is the daughter of Loki because she is fated to be born to Loki, the god of mischief, and Angerboda, a giantess from Jotunheimen. If so, Hela is the daughter of Loki without entering into an argument.

In Marvel Cinematic Universe

But MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) represented Hela as the firstborn of Odin’s kids. As in Thor: Ragnarok, Odin tells Thor about Hela “goddess of death, my firstborn, your sister”. This phrase indicates that Hela is Thor’s sister and Loki’s adoptive sister in the movies.

Is Hela the daughter of Odin or Loki?

The filmmaker picturized her in the film Thor: Ragnarok, as the daughter of Odin instead of Loki’s. They have some liberty to change the characters as they want.

Keeping in mind the Norse mythology of comics prophecy, Hela would be born to Loki and Angerboda. It’s clear that Hel is the Daughter of Loki, granddaughter of Odin, and the niece of Thor.

:small_blue_diamond:Summary

As per the Norse myth, Hela would be born to Loki and Angerboda so it is clear; daughter of Loki is Hela, goddess of death. But, the moviemakers have represented Hela as the daughter of Odin in the film.

Who is Loki MCU & Norse Myth?

The family relationship of Loki is pretty complicated. He is Odin’s adoptive son, raised along with Thor is a half-brother in MCU. But he is Odin’s brother in Norse myth. He has three children with the giantess Angrboda; Fenrir, Jormungandr, and Hel.

To dive into more depth, first of all, we get to know who Loki is.

Loki is, the God of Mischief and Lies, Laufey’s son, but brought up by Odin, the god of all, also called the father of gods. Loki’s father was the king of the Frost Giant, wanted to make him heir to the Jotunheim throne but he abandoned him. Odin adopted him and raised him with his son, Thor, as the second prince of Asgard in MCU.

In Norse belief, Loki is a son of the giant, Farbauti, one of the Aesir. Loki was as compared to the great gods, such as Thor and Odin. Using his tricky plans, he helped the Aesir, and sometimes he caused trouble for them and himself too. That was Loki who caused the death of god Baldur.

In the myth, Loki has four children: three sons and one daughter. Fenrir, a wolf, Jormungand, a giant snake, and Hel, two-faced terror, are all from his wife named Angrboda.

Also, his fourth child Sleipnir, an eight-legged horse, whom he mothered, changed his gender, and became a female horse, had the child with a full horse named Svadilfari. While in MCU he fathered eight children.

In Norse myth, Loki is described somewhat as a helping god to the gods, and his role is ended up involving the death of Baldur (the son of Odin). This is the worst crime all of his crimes to get Baldur killed by his blind brother, Hoor, giving a spear to him. He inadvertently used Hoor to kill his brother. For the punishment of this crime, he was forced to lay lied under a snake trickling venom on him.

Loki’s death

In MCU, Loki has to die three times – firstly when he fell from the Bifrost into the Void, and he survived without a mark then he was found by Thanos – secondly, he was stabbed in the abdomen with a cursed sword during the war against the Dark Elves and he again survived there. And finally, he was choked by Thanos and died in Infinity War.

Here is a video to get to know more about MCU and the Norse myth.

:small_blue_diamond: Summary

Be Loki Laufey’s son- or Odin’s son. Loki is a god but a bad one, a shape-shifter, master of magic, involved in many crimes, determined to get the thrown of Asgardian, and father of different creatures and animals.

Loki’s Children in Norse Myth

Loki’s children in Norse myth are confirmed three children with Angraboda and it is also believed Sleipnir is the third son with Svadilfari.

But in Marvel comics, He fathered more children – although we don’t know more about them, that’s what we’ll just mention their name, not to describe in detail. Loki’s three sons are — son of Satan, Vali Halfling, Narvi, and one daughter Tess Black as to Marvel comics.

Let’s get to know more about his confirmed children in Norse myth.

Fenrir the wolf

  • Fenrir is a giant wolf; he is ever so strong compared to Thor’s. He is destined to kill Odin, but then he would be slain by Odin’s son Vidarr.Fenrir is son of Loki and Angraboda. He was a wolf living with his siblings — Hel and Jormungand with their mother in Jotunheim, the land of the Frost Giants.

  • When the Aesir got a prediction, that Odin, the god of all, would be killed by Fenrir, the wolf, and the children of Loki would cause trouble and destruction for the gods of Asgard in the future. Odin decided to take them to Asgard where their father came from.

  • At first, the gods looked at Fenrir the wolf-like a lovely pet but became afraid of him as he kept growing unbelievable in both size and strength. They suggested a contest of strength binding him with chains so with a game he allowed himself to be bound with chains unknowing their game and intention. He was chined two times and the giant wolf broke the chains every time easily.

  • But now he is suspicious that they might be playing a game to bind him so he tells the gods that he would allow them to bind him if one of them put their hand in his mouth as proof they would let him go. No one has the courage to do so, only Tyr dares to do it because he feeds him but he lost his hand due to the Aesir, that couldn’t keep their words to let him go.

  • He was bound to a stone with a magic chain made by the dwarves and he was howling in pain but no one pays heed to his agony except Tyr. They pace a sword with the handle into his mouth forcibly to make him quiet. They left him there and go back to their home. He remained there till the day of Ragnarok.

:small_blue_diamond:Summary

Fenrir the wolf is the son of Loki and Angraboda — fated to kill Odin and he would be killed by Odin’s son, living with his siblings with their mother in Jotunheim, the land of the Frost Giants. Odin kidnapped them and took them to Asgard — chained him to a large stone until the day of Ragnarok.

Jormungandr the World Serpent

  • Jormungandr is, the World Serpent, son of Loki and Angraboda, and brother of Fenrir and Hela in Norse belief. He is fated to be slain by the god Thor at Ragnarok while Thor would be died by the venom from Jormungandr’s bite during the fight.

  • When Odin was taking them to Asgard, he hurled Loki’s middle child, Jormungandr, into the great ocean. Jormungandr grew so large that he was able to encircle the world and held his own tail in his mouth – there he is given the name World Serpent.

  • However, it’s clear why Jormungandr hates Odin; it’s not mentioned why he has a hatred for Thor. Odin kidnapped Loki’s children and treated them wrongly – it makes a sense of their revenge for that reason. But Jormungandr is presented as a chief enemy of Thor in Norse myth for no reason.

  • But some scholars stated that it was an insult for Thor when he did not lift up the serpent that was disguised by magic as a huge cat, from the sea at Utgarda-Loki castle. That is enough to hate each other.

  • Their encounter comes with each other when Thor goes on a fishing trip with Hymir. Here he meets the World Serpent by placing the ox head on a hook which Jormungandr bites. Thor tries to pull the huge snake from the sea and Jormungandr attempts to escape himself.

  • In this way, Thor holds his hammer to kill Jormungandr and he strikes on his head meanwhile Jormungandr spews venom on him while wiggles with the hook. Thor hauls the serpent towards the boat and Hymir feels that the boat is going to sink and he cuts Thor’s string to save his life.

:small_blue_diamond: Summary

Jormungandr, the Midgard serpent, is the second son of Loki…destined to kill Thor and was killed by Thor. While bringing them to Asgard, Odin hurled him into the great sea — getting bigger and bigger with the period of time, stayed there till the final day of battle.

Hela the Queen of Death

  • The queen of death Hela is the daughter of Loki, God of Mischief, and Angrboda, Frost Giant. She was born with the bones on one half of her body entirely exposed and that’s a reason she is described as a half-white and half-black monster.

  • In Jotunheim, the home of the Frost Giants, she lived with her sibling there. But Odin brought her to Asgardian with her brother Fenrir the wolf. She was raised with her brother there.

  • When she grew up, the gods of Asgard felt uncomfortable with her appearance. For this reason, Odin ordered her to go to the world of Niflheim, one of the Nine Worlds, and gave her name the “Goddess of Death” and granted her to govern over the deceased where only dishonored expired lived.

  • The people of Asgardian believed that only the warriors who were killed on the battlefield went to Valhalla connected to Odin’s Asgard, the land of only honorable lifeless people. That’s where she wasn’t allowed to dominion over there.

  • Hela wanted to increase the power of her realm by getting the souls of honorable deceased, especially Odin’s soul and Thor’s one. Her father Loki also had the intention to kill the god Baldur and to fulfill his plan; he used Baldur’s blind brother Hodr to kill him. Loki gives the mistletoe to Hodr to throw it to Baldur trickly; helps him to play with others, guiding him to his aim and throw the mistletoe to Baldur. Baldur falls down and lost his life.

  • Loki and his daughter Hela caused the catastrophic event, killing Baldur. Ragnarok did eventually come for the Asgardians, started by the universe itself, and Hela died with the rest of the Asgardians.

:small_blue_diamond: Summary

Hela, the goddess of death, the only daughter of Loki; having a two-faced appearance with the bones on one half of her body entirely exposed and another side of her face like that of her father.

She governed over the realm of Niflheim, one of the Nine Realms, where only those who died with disease and old aged. She is the major cause of the destruction of Asgardian.

Sleipnir eight-legged Horse

  • People ask if Sleipnir Loki’s child is. In accordance with Norse myth, his fourth child is Sleipnir, an eight-legged horse, whom he gave birth changing himself into a female horse — when his father threatened to kill him if the craftsman would complete the wall around Asgard in one season.

  • Loki mothered him, as he shape-shifted into a female horse, had the child with a full horse named Svadilfari. Sleipnir was born of two supernatural creatures but he belonged to Odin. Odin rides on him because of his speed and having the power of moving easily between realms including the realm of the afterlife.

  • Baldur is said to have nightmares of his death every night – it was Odin who went to Hel, the realm of the deceased by riding on Sleipnir to find out what the dreams mean. As the living being was not allowed to enter the Hel but Sleipnir had the power to cross between realms and so he crossed the wall of Hel to bring Odin inside without passing through the Hal gate.

  • Also, Hermodr rides on Sleipnir to visit Hel to get the news about his brother Baldur; he mounted on him for nine nights to reach there but could not enter into Hel due to living being. He entered there with the help of Sleipnir.

  • On the day of Ragnarok, all the forces of destruction including Loki’s three kids — Hela, Fenrir, and Jomungandr and the gods of Norse like Odin and his horse Sleipnir and Thor are killed in the final war.

:small_blue_diamond: Summary

The fourth child is Sleipnir, an eight-legged horse, whom Loki gave birth changing himself into a female horse — belonging to Odin the god of all. He is Odin’s faithful horse; he rides on him to visit anywhere. He died in the final war with Odin.

If you are yet to understand Loki’s complicated family relationship, we’ve tried to strike a balance between the Norse myth and MCU to make you understand Loki’s family accurately.

Here is the table of Loki’s family.

Loki’s Family Tree in Norse Myth Loki’s Family Tree in MCU
Loki’s father, Farbauti Loki’s biological father, Laufey
Loki’s mother, Laufey Loki’s mother never shown & mentioned
Loki’s blood bound brother, Odin Loki’s adoptive father, Odin
Loki’s mate, Angerboda Adoptive Mother, Frigy
Loki’s children with her - as a father Adoptive sister, Hela
Hela, Fenrir & Jormungandr Adoptive brother, Thor
Loki’s fourth child with Svadilfari - as a horse female Loki’s wife, Sigyn
Sleipnir Loki’s children: three sons & one daughter
Son of Satan, Vali, Narvi, &Tess Black

Frequently Asked Questions

People also ask some questions related to Daughter of Loki and we discussed them as below.

1. Is Hela Loki’s daughter or sister?

In comics’ books mythology, Hela is the daughter of Loki. Gylfaginning of the Prose Edda describes Loki’s three children with Angrbada. So Hela is his daughter, not sister as per the mythology.

2. Is Hela Thor’s sister?

The earlier versions of comic books referred to Hela, the Goddess of Death, as Loki’s daughter. But, in Thor: Ragnarok, Hela is the daughter of Odin, the older sister of Thor, and the adopted sister of Loki.

3. Is Freya Hela’s mother?

Freya is one of the Asgardian goddesses in the Norse myth. She is a supporting character of Thor in the film — but Hela’s mother’s identity isn’t shown in the film. It reveals that Freya is not Hela’s mother.

4. Who’s stronger Hela and Thor?

Hela defeated Thor many times and even enslaved him. There is no doubt that Hela is stronger than Thor. Since she has a range and unbelievable healing factors and stability.

5. Who kills Hela in comics?

Odin killed Hela for the sake of Thor’s life but afterward, he resurrected her back to life. It was Surtur who destroyed Asgard and finally kills Hela.

6. Who killed Loki’s children?

Aesir gods wanted to punish Loki for the reason of Baldur’s death. They were looking for a way to kill Loki’s children. They decided to use Vali to make the wolf enrage so that he would do nothing but kill Narfi.

7. Who killed Loki?

In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos attacked the surviving Aesir in space and he chokes Loki to death after an attempted double-cross.

8. Why did Odin adopt Loki as his son?

Loki was a son of Farbauti (a jotunn), so Odin adopted him as his son to have a hope that one day Loki would become king of Jotunheim.

9. What are the characteristics of Loki in Marvel comics?

Apparently, Loki is such a dangerous god of mischief in both the comics and the MCU but he has some special qualities and characteristics which we can’t deny. He has superhuman strength, a tremendously brilliant man, cunning, master of magic, durability, gifted, unpredictable, shapeshifting, speed, and tricky.

10. Is Loki Odin’s son in Norse belief?

No, Loki is described as the blood-bond brother in Norse myth but in Marvel comics, he is represented as the adopted son of Odin.

Conclusion

Daughter of Loki Hela’s appearance is different from other gods of Asgardian. She is a Two-faced terror because of her parents’ hybrid complication. Her half-face looks like that of her father beautiful and half like that of her mother ugly. She is Loki’s daughter as to Norse belief.

In Norse Myth, Loki fathers three children: Fenrir, Jormungandr— daughter of Loki is Hela; he is also the mother of Sleipnir horse.

His three children were living with their mother Angraboda in Jotunheim, the land of the Frost Giants. But when the Aesir got a prophecy about Loki’s children would cause for trouble the all gods in Asgardian. Odin ordered to bring them to Asgard.

Odin throws Jormungandr into the sea and he grows in a very large size even he is able to encircle the Midgard. Odin takes Hela and Fenrir to Asgard. They chain Fenrir the wolf to the stone and drops Hela into Hel under the world.

Although they were living with their mother without disturbance, the gods of Asgard destroyed their peace. Their misbehaver causes the destruction of all the gods and even Loki’s kids.

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Loki’s children

While we may think of Loki as the main villain in Norse mythology, it is Loki’s children who are among the most terrible and fascinating monsters in the stories. Fenrir, Jormungandr, and Hel were Loki’s children with the giantess Angrboda. The Aesir gods feared and tormented Loki’s children with the giantess, and they were destined to destroy them.

Children of Loki and Angrboda

Three of Loki’s children were born to the terrifying giantess Angrboda, all of whom were feared by the Aesir gods due to their horrific origins.

Fenrir

The huge wolf Fenrir, Loki’s first kid with the giantess, was so large and strong that no bonds could contain him. The Aesir gods decided to imprison Fenrir and the other Loki children to prevent them from wreaking havoc on the nine realms. They decided to mislead Fenrir because he was too strong for them to overcome. They preyed on his pride by persuading him to bind himself in order to break free as a display of strength. Fenrir’s bonds were created twice by the gods, and both times the wolf broke free with ease.

Jormungandr

Jormungandr, Loki’s second child with Angrboda, was a serpent whose power to grow seemed limitless. Odin, fearful of this ■■■■■, threw him into the sea that surrounded Midgard, the world of men. He grew to such enormous proportions there that he could circumnavigate the entire globe while holding his own tail in his mouth. As a result, he was dubbed the Midgard Serpent. Jormungandr shedding his tail is one of the indications of the end of the world, according to the Ragnarok prophecy.

Hel

Hel, Loki and Angboda’s third child, may appear less terrible, but he is undoubtedly more malevolent. A giantess, half of her body was believed to be that of a lovely woman, and the other half of her body was that of a corpse. Odin thought that she was ideally equipped to govern over the land of the ■■■■, where Vikings who did not die valiantly in the battlefield were resurrected. As a result, she was given authority over this realm, which was given the name Helheim in her honour.

Children of Loki and Sigyn

Loki’s children with his Aesir wife Sigyn have a more terrible story. Loki was responsible for the death of Balder, Odin and ■■■■■’s adored son. They decided to punish Loki when they were unable to rescue Balder from Hel’s grasp. They tied him to a rock and hung a deadly serpent above his head, dripping its searing venom onto his face, forcing him to scream in agony for forever, only to be relieved by his wife Sigyn’s care.

Child of Loki and Svathilfari

Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged steed, was also one of Loki’s children. Loki was the mother of the steed Svathilfari’s foal. According to legend, when the earth was young and Asgard lacked walls, a builder arrived and offered to construct the gods’ wall in exchange for the lovely goddess Freya’s hand in marriage, as well as the sun and moon.

Etymology

The Old Norse heavenly name Hel is the same as the name of the place where she reigns. It is derived from the Proto-Germanic feminine noun *halj- ‘hidden place, underworld’ (see Gothic halja, Old English hel or hell, Old Frisian helle, Old Saxon hellia, Old High German hella), which is derived from *helan- ‘to cover > conceal, hide’ (compare with OE helan, OF hela, OS helan, OHG helan).

Attestations

Poetic Edda

Various poems about Hel can be found in the Poetic Edda, which was composed in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources. Hel’s kingdom is referred to as the “Halls of Hel” in the Poetic Edda poem Völuspá. Hel is described as lying beneath one of three roots growing from the world tree Yggdrasil in stanza 31 of Grmnismál.

Prose Edda

In the Prose Edda, Hel is mentioned several times. Hel is mentioned by High in Chapter 34 of the book Gylfaginning as one of Loki and Angrboa’s three children: the wolf Fenrir, the serpent Jörmungandr, and Hel.

Archaeological record

It has been believed that Hel is shown on various replica medallions and bracteates from the Migration Period (ca. first decades AD). The bracteates IK 14 and IK 124, in instance, represent a rider descending a slope and encountering a feminine entity wielding a sceptre or a staff.

Origins and development

In Germanic mythology, Hel is an example of a “half-goddess”: “one who cannot be demonstrated to be either wife or daughter of a deity, and who stands in a dependent relation to higher divinities,” according to Jacob Grimm, who maintained that “half-goddesses” are more powerful than “half-gods.”

Where Did the ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Hela Twist Come From?

To many who have followed Marvel’s God of Thunder’s comic adventures for decades, the fact that she is also Thor’s sister may have come as a surprise. The comic book Hela is not unrelated to Thor, but the comic book familial connections between Thor and the ruler of Hel(l) are a little more confusing.

History

Sylene was orphaned after her father, the Asgardian god of mischief Loki, was sent to Limbo. Sylene attempted, but failed, to restore Asgard and replace Earth after it was destroyed.

FAQ’S

Who are Loki’s children?

What are the names of Loki’s children? Loki had three children with the female giant Angerboda (Angrboda: “Distress Bringer”): Hel, the goddess of death; Jörmungand, the serpent that encircles the globe; and Fenrir (Fenrislfr), the wolf. Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged horse, is said to have been born from Loki’s womb.

Is it Hel or Hela?

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Hel (also known as Hela) is an ancient goddess of the ■■■■ in Norse mythology who presides over the realm Niflheim within the place of the same name, which serves as a basis for the Christian concept of Hell, and where she receives a portion of the ■■■■.

Does Loki have a daughter?

When Loki is condemned to Hades, he fathers the Son of Satan with an unnamed mother. Vali Halfling (alias Agamemnon) is his other son, born to Loki and a mortal mother. Finally, Loki has a daughter, Tess Black, a demigod whose mother is also mortal.

Is Hela daughter of Odin or Loki?

Cate Blanchett plays Hela in the live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Thor: Ragnarok. This version is the first Asgardian to wield Mjolnir and is the daughter of Odin rather than Loki.

Conclusion

Following Baldur’s death, the Aesir gods sought a way to punish god Loki for the loss of Odin’s son. So they decided to transform Vali into an agitated wolf who just wants to murder Narfi one day.

In the film, Hela is depicted as Odin’s firstborn. However, in the comics, she is the granddaughter of Odin, as she is the offspring of Loki and the enormous sorceress Angrboda. Angela, Odin’s estranged firstborn, who was the Queen of Hel for a brief period, inspired her parentage in the film.