THE ANCIENT MYTH OF FENRIR
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Fenrir - Norse Mythology
In the Norse pantheon, the eldest son of Loki is
described as a gigantic wolf also called Fenris or Fenrisulfr. As the son of one
of the major Norse deities, Fenrir was raised in the home of the gods, Asgard,
being one of the three Angrboda (Heralds of Sorrow).
Because of his monster condition, the gods
identified him with the prophecy stating that a wolf and his family would one
day destroy the world. Fenrir was chased, caught, and locked into a cage to
avoid the catastrophe.
During his early years Tyr, the God of War, was the
only who dared to care for Fenrir. However, when he grew up no one had the
courage to face the enormous and ferocious wolf and decided to chain him.
The gods tried to fool him saying that such a weak
wolf like him would be unable to break free if they chained him. Fenrir gladly
accepted the challenge to prove himself. The gods were convinced that the wolf
would not escape, but Fenrir, who was extraordinarily strong, broke the chains.
Alarmed, the gods ordered the dwarves to make a
magic chain with six elements: the roots of a mountain, the breath of fishes, a
bird's spittle, the footstep of a cat, the sinews of a bear and a woman's beard.
The resulting chain was thin but strong enough not to be broken.
Fenrir accepted the new challenge and let the gods
come with the new chain, but this time he asked for a good will token before
allowing to be chained again, convinced that he would be able to break the new
As a token, Tyr agreed to put a hand between Fenrir's jaws while the gods
chained him, but Fenrir was unable to break free this time and furiously bit off
Tyr's hand. Pleased with the work of the dwarves, the gods took Fenrir a mile
down into the earth putting a sword between his jaws.
However, the myth says that the day of Ragnarok
(Doom of the Gods), he will escape and after devouring Odin he will join the
other giants in the battle against the gods before the end of the world.
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