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          Loki used sorcery and serpent venom in overcoming adversaries and in carrying out orders from Woden.  In this text, located 10 ft. north of the main sun-god figure at Peterborough, Ontario, he acquires by these means a magic steed called Slehefnir for Woden.  (In the Norse version he creates a steed named Sleipnir for Odin).


          This text may be read as Magna lumis lae Loki wan wigha Slehefnir Wodina, matching similar Old Norse words that mean "By sorcery, cunning and venom Loki won the steed Sleipnir for Woden."  The determinatives for horse and man (or male god) appear at the top and relate to the two proper names in the text (Fell 1982).