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Loki is an anomaly, his parents were a giant, Fárbauti, and a goddess (or possibly a giantess, we don't know for sure) Laufey. (I can't find any decent images of either Fárbauti or Laufey) Loki was originally considered a fire deity, before becoming the trickster we know him as. Farbauti means 'fierce strike' and Laufey means 'pine needles'. So his birth was ...


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I have slightly modified the following from a Yahoo! Answers question I answered sometime ago. He is referred to as a god in the Nibelungenlied and the Völsungasaga. In the Eddas he is generally referred to as an Ás, i.e., one of the gods called the Æsir. An example of this is in the Gylfaginning, from the Prose Edda, in which appears also the most ...


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Both the Dutch and the English wikipedia pages state that Loki is the son of Fárbauti and Laufey, who are both giants (Jötun). Loki is a Jötun, a giant, as well. The Dutch page adds that he is also a blood brother to Odin. This comes from the Edda Odin! dost thou remember when we in early days blended our blood together? The fact that Loki can ...


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Loki is the son of a giant (Farbauti) according to both Snorri and the 9th century poem Haustlong. Snorri tells us that Farbauti is a giant, but doesn't say what species (?) Laufey is. The fact that Loki's mother is mainly known as Laufey, which probably means "leafy island", has led to speculation that she was a goddess, or at least not a giant. (...


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This sounds inaccurate. Rowling has partly explained where she came up with the name for Hagrid. Rubeus comes from a word for red: Colours also played their part in the naming of Hagrid and Dumbledore, whose first names are Rubeus (red) and Albus (white) respectively. The choice was a nod to alchemy, which is so important in the first Harry Potter book, ...


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To answer briefly: Being a god was not about belonging to a specific "race". For Idunn, we can compare with the division of the gods into aesir and vanir, where the latter were in some sense linked to the alfar (in the poetic Edda, the term "aesir and alfar" refers to all the gods). Being linked to the alfar thus was not a disqualification. For Tyr, ...


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Early representations of giants actually looked normal and human. Consider this representation of Alcyoneus, the king of the giants: (source: theoi.com) (http://www.theoi.com/Gallery/L1.2.html) It was in fact only in the Hellenistic era did giants acquire feet of snakes.1(Pausanias' Description of Greece, translated with a commentary by J. G. Frazer, vol. ...


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Well, let's start with the obvious: where the jotuns in fact, giants? (I will be using "jotuns" for the group throughout, to have avoid confusion). This seems likely, on at least some level; etymologically, the word means "(great) eater", so it seems like that they were always associated with large size. Now, the source which probably is best for size ...


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The last Ice age glaciers were gone at least by 5000 BCE. This is about 500 years before Proto-Indo-European is usually dated, which is about as far we can trace any shred of mythological knowledge, but which AFAIK does not include any Frost giants. Thus, no connection there. Next step is the speakers of Proto-German. They are thought to have lived in ...


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Norse mythology doesn't, outside of a few specific instances, actually specify the size of the giants (or the Aesir, for that matter) as far as I'm aware. As far as other giant/non-giant matches, there's Skadi and Njord, Borr and Bestla, Freyr and Gerd. As far as other size differentials, this varies but story, but in general, Norse mythology is rife with ...


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Quoting directly from the Gylfaginning (verse 15), with emphasis, Then said Ganglere: Where is the chief or most holy place of the gods? Har answered: That is by the ash Ygdrasil. There the gods meet in council every day. Said Ganglere: What is said about this place? Answered Jafnhar: This ash is the best and greatest of all trees; its branches spread ...


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There is here and there some confusions in your question. The Nephilims What your are talking about in your question are the "Nephilims". Let's read the Bible (I will use the NIV as a reference text). 6-1: When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans ...


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Part of the confusion may derive from the "fuzziness" subject. Time is not strictly rational in the Greek myths, so why should proportion be firmly fixed? More confusion may be injected in regarding all, as opposed to merely some, of the Titans, being huge. Finally, there is the question of who is and who is not a Titan, and according to whom? ...


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The Titanes and the Gigantes seem to have become one in people's minds over time, perhaps because both of them fought the Olympians. While 6th century BCE writers like Homer and Hesiod don't mention unusual size as an aspect of the Titans, other children of Uranus and Gaia were of giant size, so you can see how the confusion began. The Titan page on Theoi....


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Well, for one the English term "giant" is vague and generic: it merely means taller than average which is why a pro basketball player can be called giant (and none of them even make it to 8 ft.) and folkloric tales of people many entire body lengths taller than average are also called giants. The answer is that Genesis 6 is the only reliable reference to ...


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Merriam-Webster provides the following definition: Nephilim (noun) a biblical race of giants or demigods giant (noun) 1 : a legendary humanlike being of great stature and strength 2a : a living being of great size b : a person of extraordinary powers 3 : something unusually large or powerful This would imply that a Nephilim would be a type of giant. Should ...


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The poem Hrafnagaldur Óðins is a very late addition to the Norse canon, probably written in the 1600s, which puts it a long time after paganism gave way to Christianity. This might explain the many oddities in its mythology. (For more on the poem and its context, you could download this pdf from the Viking Society.) In the main body of lore (the Prose and ...


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This is not at all true. There is no such person in Greek mythology, and unless the person claiming it is can give a source for the assertion, I would dismiss it as made up.


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I found a good answer in Brazilian Wikipedia and it matches with other sources, here is a piece: "The first living being that was formed in the primeval chaos, called Ginungagap, was a giant of monumental size, called Ymir. When she fell asleep for the first time, a daughter and a giant son grew from their armpits, while their two feet copulated, being born ...


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As time progressed, Titans (as well as giants) became terms to use for gigantic size. I will tell you what they meant before this. Titan: this term means 'strained one'. The reason for this is because - after Cronus castrated his father - Ouranos hated the Titans for this. Thus, he gave them this name. Giant (Gigante): this term means 'old one' or 'ancient ...


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Giants are not beholden to our rules of geometry Myths and fairy tales include all kinds of impossible things like mermaids turning into sea foam, women selling their eyes to rivers, giant castles built on the clouds, scarecrows spontaneously coming to life with speech capability, men surviving dismemberment by replacing their entire body with tin, and ...


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Tyr & Thor were both sons of Odin, but each were raised by foster giant parents. Tyr's foster parents were the giants (jotuns) Hymir & Hroðr (sometimes named Griseldis) and Thor's foster parents were Vingnir & Hlor. In Thor's case he was sent to Vingnir by Odin because he was too much to handle for Frigga. Thor is sometimes know as Vingthor (an ...


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I would say he is by biology half Jotunn half Aesir. The only reasonable reason he would be called as a son of Laufey and not of Farboti is that she was a goddess most likely exiled as a result of her marrying Fatboti. This makes Loki an outsider to both Aesir and Jotunn and explains his nature. He needed his fickle nature to survive as both groups wanted ...


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