The Punishment of Loki

The Punishment of Loki

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Loki (non.)
Loki is counted among the gods but is a giant by birth.

Gods and Goddesses

Baldr (non.) Balder (en.) The god who was killed by his brother Höðr.
Njarfi (non.) Njarfi is the son of Sigyn and Loki. As a part of Loki's punishment for killing Baldr, Njarfi is disemboweled by his own brother. His entrails are then used to bind Loki.
Sigyn (non.) Loki's wife. According to Snorri, she was one of the Æsir. She used a bowl to catch the drops of venom dripping from the snake that Skaði fastened above Loki when he was bound.


The Punishment of LokiSnorri says in Gylfaginning that the Æsir pursued Loki after the death of Baldr. Loki tried to evade capture by shapeshifting into a salmon and hiding in a stream. The gods noticed the ashes of a net, that Loki had invented and then burned, so they made a net and used it to capture him. The gods used the guts of one of Loki's sons to him to a rock with a snake dripping venom on his head. Loki's wife Sigyn stayed with him and held a bowl to catch the venom but had to leave Loki occasionally to empty the bowl.


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Source Materials:

The Land of Enchantment (en.) A collection of Arthur Rackham's illustrations that originally appeared in the Victorian era periodical " Little Folks " between 1896 and 1902.

Source Persons

Buchheim, Emma Sophia (en.) Nationality: English
b. 1860
d. 1951
Nationality: Bristish
Occupation: British academic; lecturer on German, King's College London
The author of Stories From the Eddas, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, published in Little Folks.
Rackham, Arthur (no.) b. 1867
d. 1939
Nationality: English
Occupation: illustrator
Residence: London
One of the most prominent illustrators during the Golden Age of British Book Illustration (c. 1880 - 19300). His illustrations of Norse mythology frequently appeared in "Little Folks" which were collected and published in the Land of Enchantment. Rackham also created 64 coloured plates for the English translation of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, The Ring of the Niblung. The Rhinegold and the Valkyrie bound with Siegfried and the Twilight of the Gods.