I’d seen reference to this term several times in my research for this book.
At first, the word intrigued me, as I’d thought it was an etymological reference to the origin of the name ‘Loki’ so I wrote it down in my notes, as a reminder to myself to research its meaning at some later point.
Lokkr. Saying this word aloud to myself, it felt like a prayer.
And it is a prayer, as lokkr can be considered a form of evocation that leads to invocation:
Lokkr (Old Norse) verb: To entice. To attract, to call out to
From Old Norse lokka; from lokk ; from German lochen .
lokke (imperative lokk, present tense lokker, passive lokkes, simple past and past participle lokka or lokket, present participle lokkende)
1. to allure, entice, tempt, lure
2. to attract, fascinate
3. to call (an animal)
All words have power, therefore an idea or thought that is spoken (or written) is a form of creation, a form of power – as words make thoughts manifest. Words bring the power of our thoughts and ideas to us, bringing what was once intangible to reality, to the physical realm.
Lokkr is a summons…. Lokkr is the essence of a prayer.
I am listening for You*. I am looking for You.
Help me find peace. Help me find strength. Help me find clarity.
Help me find purpose in my struggle, the meaning within my difficulty.
I call out to You in my time of wanting
I call out to You in my time of need.
I call out to You despite my fear, amid my confusion.
Come to me. Come to me. Come to me.
Pathfinder**, show me the path through the darkness.
Hvedrungr, bring me Your light, lend me the strength of Your flames…
Lokkr Lokkr Lokkr
I call out to You.
(light a candle)
I light this candle to hail You Traveller
May its light guide You here.
I call out to You…please guide me in my time of need….
*insert name of your Norse God here
** ‘Pathfinder’ and ‘Hvedrungr’ are two heiti I’ve used for Loki here