Moder is the main antagonist of the 2017 British horror film The Ritual.

The bastard daughter of the Norse trickster god Loki, Moder is a jötunn who forces a small village in the woods of northern Sweden to worship her in exchange for immortality.


Moder is an enormous elk-like creature whose body appears to be overgrown with plant matter. Instead of a head, it has a headless human torso where its head would be. This torso-head has a pair of antlers where its arms would be, a pair of human arms where its legs would be, and a shadowy gaping hole containing glowing yellow eyes where its crotch would be. Moder also possesses a second pair of human arms near its hips.

Powers and Abilities

Moder possesses the following powers and abilities:

  • Superhuman strength
  • Sentience
  • Telepathy
  • Causing hallucinations


Luke manages to escape beyond the boundaries of the forest, where Moder is trapped, seemingly unable to escape into the outside world.


  • Moder's name is Norse for "mother".

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