The myth of Loki and the master builder – Alex Gendler


Asgard, a realm of wonders, was where
the Norse Gods made their home. There Odin’s great hall of Valhalla
towered above the mountains and Bifrost, the rainbow bridge,
anchored itself. But though their domain was magnificent, it stood undefended from the giants
and trolls of Jotunheim, who despised the gods and
sought to destroy them. One day when Thor, strongest of the
gods, was off fighting these foes, a stranger appeared,
riding a powerful gray horse. The visitor made the gods
an astonishing offer. He would build them the greatest
wall they’d ever seen, higher than any giant could climb
and stronger than any troll could break. All he asked in return was the beautiful
goddess Freya’s hand in marriage— along with the sun and moon from the sky. The gods balked at this request
and were ready to send him away. But the trickster Loki
concocted a devious plan. He told the gods they should
accept the stranger’s offer, but set such strict conditions that he
would fail to complete the wall in time. That way, they would lose nothing, while
getting most of the wall built for free. Freya didn’t like this idea at all, but Odin and the other
gods were convinced and came to an agreement
with the builder. He would only have one winter
to complete the wall. If any part was unfinished by
the first day of summer, he would receive no payment. And he could have no help
from any other people. The gods sealed the deal with solemn oaths and swore the mason would come
to no harm in Asgard. In the morning, the stranger began to dig
the foundations at an astonishing speed, and at nightfall he set off towards the
mountains to obtain the building stones. But it was only the next morning,
when they saw him returning, that the gods began to worry. As agreed, no other people
were helping the mason. But his horse Svadilfari was hauling
a load of stones so massive it left trenches in the ground
behind them. Winter came and went. The stranger kept building,
Svadilfari kept hauling, and neither snow nor rain could
slow their progress. With only three days left until summer,
the wall stood high and impenetrable, with only the gate left to be built. Horrified, the gods realized that not
only would they lose their fertility goddess forever, but without the sun and moon the world
would be plunged into eternal darkness. They wondered why they’d made
such a foolish wager— and then remembered Loki
and his terrible advice. Suddenly, Loki didn’t feel so clever. All of his fellow gods threatened him
with an unimaginably painful death if he didn’t find some way to prevent
the builder from getting his payment. So Loki promised to take care of the
situation, and dashed away. Outside, night had fallen, and the builder prepared to set off
to retrieve the final load of stones. But just as he called Svadilfari to him,
a mare appeared in the field. She was so beautiful that
Svadilfari ignored his master and broke free of his reins. The mason tried to catch him, but the mare ran deep into the
woods and Svadilfari followed. The stranger was furious. He knew that the gods were behind
this and confronted them: no longer as a mild-mannered mason, but in his true form as a terrifying
mountain giant. This was a big mistake. Thor had just returned to Asgard, and now that the gods knew
a giant was in their midst, they disregarded their oaths. The only payment the
builder would receive— and the last thing he would ever see— was the swing of Thor’s
mighty hammer Mjolnir. As they set the final stones into the
wall, the gods celebrated their victory. Loki was not among them, however. Several months would pass
before he finally returned, followed by a beautiful gray
foal with eight legs. The foal would grow into a magnificent
steed named Sleipnir and become Odin’s mount, a horse
that could outrun the wind itself. But exactly where he had come from was
something Loki preferred not to discuss.


100 Responses

  1. George Barbosa

    November 16, 2019 2:27 pm

    If i remenber right the builder actually fooled the gods and made the wall with hidden secret inperfections so the giants could break it easy and invade on Ragnarok taking the god be surprise.

  2. vengful howl 2358

    November 16, 2019 5:40 pm

    Loki:* Sets tells the stranger he can build the wall*

    Odin: He's not gonna finish it in that little time.

    One day later

    Stranger: okay I'm almost finished

    Freya: REEEEE

  3. Vivian Quevedo

    November 16, 2019 10:25 pm

    "El gigante: Os construiré una muralla si a cambio me das a Freya
    Los dioses: Nononono
    Loki: Oye a que no lo haces en 6 meses, caraculo
    El gigante: ¡¿Que no?!"
    Gracias Destripando La Historia

  4. Ash Dark

    November 17, 2019 7:10 am

    Loki: i got you a horse, with eight legs, runs faster than wind, and is a demigod!
    Odin: what did it cost?
    Loki: my virginity
    Odin: wait what?
    Loki: oh no look your horse is running away
    Odin: OH NO CATCH IT.

  5. Ash Dark

    November 17, 2019 7:22 am

    The norse god of fertility: omg someone is pregnant, wait its a god, WAIT ITS A MALE,AND ITS A HORSE INSIDE THE GOD?

    Loki: hey look i got a horse for you Oden!

    The norse god of fertility: im not sure you wanna ride that, and loki did you-

    Loki: yes i did work very HARD to get that horse

    Oden: thanks loki! rides away

  6. Stelios gaming gr

    November 17, 2019 1:48 pm

    Hey there can you make another video about trees & also be a little bit more faster with the myth videos. Plz

  7. Hello Sir

    November 17, 2019 5:47 pm

    Anyone else kind of grossed out by this and how everyone's joking about it? Plus involving MCU Loki, an entirely different character– I don't know, it just makes me feel really sick.

  8. idea loading

    November 18, 2019 8:09 pm

    Nice myth do one greek myth επισης κανω επιστημονικα βιντεο μπορει να σε ενδιαφερει

  9. Dumble King

    November 19, 2019 8:45 am

    A random question, anyone read the book "Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer"?

    Cause if you do there is a part where the characters in that book discussed the Origins of Sleipnir and uhh… I think I got Loki's role in that situation now that I watch this video.

  10. jcudal32

    November 19, 2019 4:42 pm

    I feel sorry for the builder. Hes just looking for a wife and hoped that his skillset would land him one. Worked hard and everything but got screwed over by people with connections.

  11. Fred Valentine

    November 20, 2019 7:23 am

    What do you use for the animation
    I need it for an assignment and I thought how does Ted Ed get such good animation so I’m just asking

  12. KindnessisEternal

    November 21, 2019 5:18 am

    I love the way these tales are animated. The embarrassed smile on Loki's face at the end was so cute. Well done TED-Ed!

  13. mozam the arrogant popchips fag

    November 22, 2019 2:05 am

    yes, but,
    did that master builder find the piece of resistance? no. he didnt even defeat any dastardly plans that involved the kragle. smh, yall dont know

  14. Initialhornet39

    November 23, 2019 2:07 am

    I just love how 99% of TedEd’s comment sections are questions or additions to the video but the comments on all the Norse mythology ones are memes for some reason

  15. Tatiana Davidson

    November 25, 2019 12:16 am

    The sad thing is, even if the guy did finish the wall, they would’ve found out he was a giant anyway, and Thor would have killed him So, Loki took that L for no reason!

  16. Symphonia doll

    November 25, 2019 6:01 pm

    The poor guy. The other gods were at fault too. They agreed to Loki's plan but when it didn't work they blamed him. How irresponsible. They also didn't keep their words of payment. A bunch of cheaters and liars. How disappointing.

  17. Pedro Coelho

    November 26, 2019 4:33 pm

    Thor: Loki, why u sitting on an ice block?
    Loki: Nothing, i just had been in a long tough ride.
    Thor: At least dad is enjoying his new ride horse.
    Loki (crying): I didn't…

  18. Mr. Black

    November 27, 2019 8:34 am

    Loki is a trooper, he took what no man, mortal or otherwise, should ever have to take. And produced an offspring from it.

  19. Horisadi Afyama

    November 27, 2019 9:22 am

    Did you ever heard "I La Galigo"? Many called that It's maybe the longest epic ever written, but very few sources and presentation, even me as a buginese knows very little about it. Most of the scriptures are kept in Leiden University, and some parts are in Indonesia. I think it will be cool if you can cover some of its story.

  20. Shoot!

    November 28, 2019 9:12 am

    Hey TED-Ed don’t be surprised if Marvel gives you call!!! They probably want to do a collab with you!!!!
    So good……..
    Keep it up

  21. K1naku5ana3R1ka

    December 1, 2019 12:49 am

    Funny, I think this is the only time I’ve heard someone try more authentic pronunciations of the Norse names; glad for the effort! Although it sounds like you briefly forgot with Bifrost.

  22. Jackthe H

    December 2, 2019 5:09 am

    Odin: hey Loki, this horse is great! How’d you get it?
    Loki: don’t worry about it
    Odin: but-
    Loki: don’t.


    December 3, 2019 1:38 am

    "Of course it was Loki. It's always Loki"

    Truer words have never been said about the horse, I mean Norse, God of Trickery


    December 3, 2019 2:01 am

    Next video – Thor dresses as a bride to retrieve his hammer from the jotunn king thrym

  25. GLAUBIM 2

    December 3, 2019 4:28 pm

    Odin: my what a magnificent horse ! He’s so fast, where did you get him ?

    Loki: you probably should get off him before I tell you…


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