|Loki was the son of a giant, but lived in Asgard. It is difficult sometimes to tell whether he was on the side on the gods or not. Sometimes he helped Thor on his adventures, or got the gods out of trouble, but sometimes he had caused the trouble in the first place!
The gods tried to raise Balder from the dead, by begging Hel to release him. Hel would only do this if every living creature wept for Balder. The whole of the world cried, except one giantess, who refused to. So Balder had to stay dead. It is suspected that this giantess was Loki in disguise. The gods were so angry that they chained up Loki, see left.
The film "The Mask" was about a mask of Loki. If a good man wore the mask, then wonderful (if mischevious) things happened. However, a bad man wearing the mask had evil powers.
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