Fenrir in Norse mythology is a monstrous wolf. From the lens of Norse gods, Fenrir was the most likely to take the responsibility of Norse Pantheon collapse. But in modern times, Fenrir remains a complicated figure. Whether he was a villain or a victim remains a mystery. Here is a basic guide to Fenrir the Wolf in Norse mythology.
Fenrir in Old Norse meant “He Who Dwells in the Marshes”. Fenrir was the son of Loki the most mischievous trickster in Norse mythology. Other infamous children of Loki were Jormungand the Midgard Serpent and Hel the Queen of the Underworld. All of these big figures had a part in Ragnarok the Doom of Gods. The giantess Angrboda (“She Who Brings Grieve”) mothered Fenrir.
That is to say, Fenrir was a pure giant in the blood and his greatest enemy was the Norse gods. But the origin of Wolf Fenrir was just a minor reason for his action of waging war against Gods in the future.
The prophecy and the binding
What changed Fenrir’s life to the way his family would never expect was the prophecy stating that Fenrir would kill Odin the Allfather. Because of this, Norse gods agreed that they had to keep Fenrir up in Asgard so that they could observe him.
But Fenrir grew up at incredible speed and the gods decided that they had to tie Fenrir up. However, it was not until the third time that they finally managed to bind Fenrir. The first two attempts failed to chain Fenrir with the normal chains.
When Gods came and asked the dwarves to make a magical chain, they got the magical tool that finally make Fenrir bow. But the third attempt witnessed the sacrifice of God Tyr. Fenrir demanded a God to put his hand in the mouth of Fenrir because he wanted to make sure Gods wouldn’t cheat him. Tyr was the volunteer to put the hand in Fenrir’s mouth.
When Fenrir knew the tricks of Norse gods, he finally bit the hand of God Tyr. Until now, the sacrifice of God Tyr is still believed to be the compensation for Gods breaking their oath with Wolf Fenrir. Norse gods finally bound Fenrir to a rock and he lay there waiting for his time to come. When his moment finally arrived, Wolf Fenrir set himself free and triggered off the flames of wars in the whole cosmos.
Loki who had been punished by the gods for killing Baldur finally broke the chain and freed himself. Fenrir the Wolf broke the Gleipnir chain and joined the army of his father, Loki. Jormungand the Midgard serpent who had been encircling Midgard this whole time finally emerged from the dark ocean. The Great Serpent also joined the army of Loki, his father. The terrible breath of Jormungand poisoned the sky and the howl of Fenrir scared people to death. Whatever in the path that Fenrir came across, he swallowed them all.
Odin met Fenrir the wolf in this battle. The two have been the sworn enemies since Odin separated Fenrir from his family bringing him up to Asgard. Odin prepared very carefully for this finally battle. Riding on Sleipnir the horse, Odin held the mighty Gungnir spear in his hand. But he was destined to lose the battle in the hand of the Fenrir the wolf. In Ragnark Norse mythology, Fenrir swallowed Odin the Allfather.
Vidar an obscure son of Odin the Allfather took revenge for his father. Using his powerful sword, Vidar slew Fenrir.
Achievements and Honors
- God of Destruction
- Odin Killer
- God of Howls