Top 10 (or so) Depictions of Loki in Literature

A column article, Top Ten by: Natalie Zutter for


Despite being one of the most devious archetypal characters in literature and pop culture, trickster god Loki has squirmed his way into readers'--and movie audiences'--hearts. Actor Tom Hiddleston can certainly take some credit for the recent surge of obsession with this character, thanks to his wily portrayals of Loki in Marvel's "The Avengers" and "Thor: The Dark World." However, Hiddles' take on the character is just one of Loki's many portrayals over the decades: He's been a man, a woman, a pyromaniac child, even a horse--and his story has spanned nearly every genre, from fiction to young adult to comic books. (Neil Gaiman has written three separate books starring him!) He is Loki of Asgard, and we are burdened with the glorious purpose of revisiting every version of him in pop culture.


Eight Days of Luke
"Firestarter" Loki
In Diana Wynne Jones' 1975 novel, orphan David Allard discovers that he can summon a strange boy named Luke simply by lighting a fire. But when a mysterious stranger named Mr. Wedding comes looking for Luke, David must keep his new friend--who has a predilection for setting fires--safe for a week in order to ensure his freedom.
The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists
Hellish Loki
When Lucifer hands over Hell to Morpheus, the God of Dreaming must contend with myriad deities vying for control over the abandoned realm. Norse god Odin--looking to avoid Ragnarok, or a great battle foretelling his death--frees Loki from imprisonment in order to persuade Dream into giving him control of Hell. Of course, once freed, Loki returns to his trickster ways--going so far as to set off a major chain of events with Dream at its center.

American Gods4. American Gods

American Loki

Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" depicts a battle between the gods of the Old World (whose powers have waned as people ceased to believe in them) and the new American gods representing society's obsessions with technology, drugs and more. Loki plays his usual trickster role here, appearing to the protagonist Shadow as a grifter named Low Key Lyesmith and leaving Shadow various clues as to the epic battle to come.

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