LOKI IS A SHAPESHIFTER
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The Scandinavian primary sources leave no doubt as to whether Loki is a Jötunn, and therefore able to change his hamr (shape) by modifying his personality and physical features. Such descriptions are also found in other historical accounts of the time, and apply not only for Loki, but for many Jötnar (Primitive Forces; The Greedy Ones).
The Jötnar nature divides them into male, the "Jötunn", and female the "Gýgr", and there also the asexual and hermaphrodite Jötnar, who are Ýmir’s (Twin; Dual) offspring.
Unlike other physical or astral creatures, there are many shapeshifters amongst the Jötnar. Loki was once a mare, a salmon and an eagle according to primary sources of the 10th and 11th century.
Moreover, depending on the manuscript, he is described as able to give birth to Jörmungandr (Colossal Beast; Serpent of the World), even in his male form, after devouring the bewitched heart of trollkona (troll woman) Angrbóða.
The reproductive method of these creatures is quite unconventional, both in ancient stories and in current Scandinavian folklore.
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SOURCE: Caminho Nórdico (Facebook)
Marante, Allan. “Loki é um metamorfo”. Caminho Nórdico. Sao Paulo. 22 jun. 2021. 14 jul. 2021. <https://www.facebook.com/caminhonordico/>.
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