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The myth of Loki and the master builder - Alex Gendler

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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. Though their domain was magnificent, it stood undefended from the giants and trolls who sought to destroy them. But a stranger appeared and made the gods an offer. Alex Gendler details the myth of the master builder.

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  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director Luisa M H Copetti
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Art Director Luisa M H Copetti
  • Storyboard Artist Luisa M H Copetti
  • Illustrator Luisa M H Copetti
  • Character Designer Luisa M H Copetti
  • Editor Bruno B Kieling
  • Senior Animator Bruno B Kieling
  • Producer Taíla Soliman
  • Production Assistant Victoria Farina
  • Production Supervisor Mauricio Brunner
  • Executive Producer Gabriel Garcia
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Editorial Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Fact-checker Neeraja Aravindan
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Additional Resources for you to Explore
The Norse gods hired a mysterious stranger to build a massive wall around their home of Asgard… but at what cost?

Read the original account of this myth in the Prose Edda, and the related part of the Poetic Edda. Or check out Neil Gaiman’s lively retelling of the story, and learn more about the background of Norse mythology.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director Luisa M H Copetti
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Art Director Luisa M H Copetti
  • Storyboard Artist Luisa M H Copetti
  • Illustrator Luisa M H Copetti
  • Character Designer Luisa M H Copetti
  • Editor Bruno B Kieling
  • Senior Animator Bruno B Kieling
  • Producer Taíla Soliman
  • Production Assistant Victoria Farina
  • Production Supervisor Mauricio Brunner
  • Executive Producer Gabriel Garcia
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Editorial Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Fact-checker Neeraja Aravindan
  • See more