Fenrir the wolf. Odin’s grim reaper?

fenrir the wolf

In Norse mythology, Fenrir the wolf is a monstrous creature. Fenrir the wolf is attested in the Poetic Edda compiled in the thirteenth century before the traditional sources and the prosaic Edda and Heimskringla, written in the thirteenth century by Snorri Sturluson. Both in the prosaic Edda and in the Poetic Edda, Fenrir in the father of the Skol and Hati wolves.

The representations of have been identified in different objects and the theories of study have proposed that Fenrir has relation with another can exist in Norse mythology. Fenrir has been an inspiration for many representations, appearances in literature, videogames among others.

Fenrir is one of the critics of the most important mythology in history. This wolf of great size and ferocity is the son of the god Loki and the giant Angerboda.

Fenrir will become the Ragnarök one of the most important characters involved. The poem Völuspá narrates as a prophecy the events that will occur during the life of the gods of Norse mythology, until its end. And in it, the prophet or völva, predicts what will be the end of the king of the gods:

Then it is true
the second conviction of Hlín,
when Odin goes to fight with the Wolf,
the killer of Beli,
bright, against Surtr.
Then it will fall
The sweet companion of Frigg.

History of Fenrir:

But all history has a beginning, and in this, we find one of Loki’s children. In addition to Fenrir (or Fenris), two more sons of this union were born, Hel, the goddess of Hell and the snake Jörmundgander. All of them were banished by the gods of Asgard when they discovered their existence. Hel was sent to the kingdom of darkness and Jörmundgander to the bottom of the sea whereby its size, it was able to cover the whole earth and curl up in it.

But Fenrir was just a puppy so the gods decided to keep him close and lived with the gods even though only the god of war Tyr was able to get close to him and feed him. Concerned about their rapid growth, the gods tried to chain him but failed twice. So they asked for help from the best blacksmiths, the black Alfes. These manufactured the chain called Gleipnir.

The capture of Fenrir

fenrir chained
Fenrir chained

In spite of this, it was not so easy to chain Fenrir, because this was not easy to cheat, so they used his bravery against him, betting against him that he would not be able to free himself from the new chain with which he was going to be imprisoned. that he accepted with distrust and only if one of the gods placed his hand between his jaws as a guarantee of not having any kind of trick involved. The chains fulfilled their purpose and the god who had the misfortune to suffer the consequences was none other than Tyr, who lost his hand in the wolf Fenrir’s jaws.

As if this were not enough, they crossed their jaws with a sword and they were joined so that the fierce wolf could not howl and be a danger to anyone. But nothing is further from what they expected, because these events will be charged a high price later. Fenrir will take his revenge on the prophesized Ragnarök, where along with his children (or brothers depending on the version) Hati, the wolf that chased the Moon and Sköll who did the same with the Sun will be great protagonists of the end of the days of the gods in the world, and the beginning of the new era.

Consequences of the End of the world

the ragnarok
The Ragnarok

During the Ragnarök, Hati will reach the moon and destroy it, Sköll will end the life of the Sun. These events will cause the darkness to take over the land, while the war between Odin and the gods of Asgard against Loki and the Jotuns occurs. However, Fenrir himself, the prophecy is reserved one of the great moments within the end of the gods because it will be he who will kill Odin devouring him, although Viðarr (Vidar), son of Odin and god of silence, revenge, and justice will avenge his death by killing him and rescuing his father from the jaws of the wolf.

In this great battle of the Ragnarök, also known as the battle of the end of the world of Norse mythology, virtually all the gods, giants, monsters and the universe itself will be destroyed.

fenrir conclusion
Fenrir conclusion

Conclusion

A wonderful and interesting legend where one of the most emblematic representatives of wolves in human culture takes place. Although it is not the only one. But that is a prey for another time. Who wants to have a Fenrir wolf as a pet that says “Me!” (If someone dares).

References:

*Wikipedia: Fenrir

*sendasdelviento.es: Fenrir, el lobo de la mitología nórdica

*taringa.net: El Lobo Fenrir. Mitologia Nórdica

 

Do not doubt it, the world fears your fierceness. Break your chains.

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In Norse mythology, Fenrir the wolf is a monstrous creature. Fenrir is attested in the poetic Edda compiled in the thirteenth century before the traditional sources and the prosaic Edda and Heimskringla, written in the thirteenth century by Snorri Sturluson. In both the prosaic Edda and the poetic Edda, Fenrir is the father of the Sköll and Hati wolves.
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