But Back to Loki
Of course, Tom Hiddleston of the Marvel Thor movies, probably adds to the allure as a bad boy and creates some Lokeans. That being said, I don't see Loki as the Marvel Loki. Maybe that's because I recognize him when he shows up to pester me no matter what form he takes? He is not a god I particularly want to antagonize, but he isn't one I turn to for help as a rule. If I have problems with Loki getting wild, I can turn to Tyr and Thor for help. Beyond that, I really don't have much interaction with him, except when Tyr sent him to me. (Long story, that).
Is Loki the Enemy?Many of those in Asatru tend to think Loki is evil and an enemy. In fact, many heathens argue that Loki isn't a god at all since he came from giant blood. But that really doesn't make much sense. If it did, then we'd have to discount Thor, Skadi, and Tyr as gods because of their frost giant blood. I don't think of Loki as evil and I actually do consider him a god, but he's not my god, either. I see Loki as a necessity for the universe to work, but he can be dangerous without controls. I look at Loki as the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. If you don't recall it from high school or college physics class, it states that energy states go toward the lowest point of energy. Basically things progress toward entropy. As a teacher once said in physics class: "Things fall apart and break, homes get messy, and students fall asleep."
Those who dedicate themselves to Loki (who aren't the Marvel fan girls/boys who are just worshiping an actor) need to have an understanding of what exactly they're pledging themselves to. Loki isn't evil, but he isn't good either. He simply is. Misunderstood? Perhaps. Troublesome? Often. I look at Loki as a god who probably takes the name Murphy occasionally. At the same time, he can bring about tremendous good as well. It's unexpected, but that's his nature.