Loki constituted one of the four ruling deities of Norse mythology along with Odin, Thor, and Freya. He counted as an Aesir but he was actually a giant, a strange, contradictory figure; fickle, disrespectful and totally unreliable. He was the Gods’ prankster and their entertainer, which is what always helped him to escape bad situations. According to the myths, he could change his shape and sex to achieve his schemes and deceptions. He is responsible for the death of Balder, Odin’s son, as he tricked the blind God, Hod, who accidentally killed him by hurling mistletoe, the only thing that could hurt Balder.