Fenrir (also called Fenrisulfr) is a legendary wolf in Norse Mythology. He is the son of Loki and is the father of Hati (Hate) and Skoll.

When Fenrir was a just a cub, he was harmless. The god of war Tyr took care of him and fed him. But when Fenrir grew into an adult, he became dangerous. So the gods tried twice to trick him into being tied in chains. But Fenrir was to strong and easily ripped the chains apart. The first time the chains were made of iron and named Loeoingr. The second time the chains were also made of iron, but twice as strong. It was named Dr¨®mi.

The chief god Odin then had dwarves make a strong chain which appeared to be a silk ribbon. It was named Gleipnir and was made with six ingredients that never existed. They are:

  1. The sound of a cat’s footfall
  2. The beard of a woman
  3. The roots of a mountain
  4. The sinews of a bear
  5. The breath of a fish
  6. The spittle of a bird

On the island of Lyngvi in the lake of ¨¢msvartnir, the gods tried to trick Fenrir into breaking the chain again. But Fenrir stated the thiness and fineness of construction of the rope, and only offered to do it if one of the gods put his/her mouth in Fenrir’s mouth as a pledge to free him if the rope wouldn’t break. No one wanted to do it, but finally Tyr the god of war dared put his hand in Fenrir’s jaws.

Fenrir struggled and twisted, but the silk ribbon wouldn’t come loose. The more he struggled, the tighter the ribbon became. When no one went to free him, he bit off Tyr’s hand at the wrist, which was later called “the wolf joint”. He tried to bite the other gods in his rage, so the gods shoved a sword in his mouth to stop him, and to stop him from biting Gleipnir.

Fenrir broke free at Ragnarok (the final battle between the Esir and Vanir) when he outgrown the Gleipnir. He joined forces with the gods’ enemies and swallowed Odin whole. Odin’s son Vioarr then slew Fenrir to avaenge his father.

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