In the book, an old woman with goats feet calls the creature 'moder' which is Swedish for mother. The creature is vastly different from the movie. It looks different and kills for different reasons and is clearly female (think giant goat/human female hybrid.) It has NO association with Loki whatsoever.

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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