Mythological Creatures: Fenrir Wolf

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Fenrir is a huge black wolf, and is the most prominent of the many wolves of Norse mythology. The offspring of the trickster god Loki and the giantess Angrboda, Fenrir is the brother of the giant serpent Jormungand and the goddess of the underworld Hel. It is believed that many of the other wolves mentioned in Old Norse literature, such as Skoll, Garmr and Hati, are simply Fenrir going under a different name. Much like his brother and sister, from his birth the gods of the Aesir kept a close eye on Fenrir, and as he grew, they began to become concerned...

His colossal size meant that anything he did caused havoc throughout the nine worlds, and the gods had no choice but to chain him up. However, the first few times they tried to tie him down, he broke free with ease. On the third attempt the gods used the strongest of chains that had been forged by dwarves. However, by this point Fenrir had become suspicious as to why the gods wanted him in chains, and refused to be bound unless one of the gods would put his or her hand in his mouth as a form of insurance. Tyr bravely placed his hand into the beast's mouth, knowing he was going to loose it. Sure enough, when Fenrir realised that he couldn't break free from his bonds, he tore Tyr's hand clean off. The chains were tied to a great boulder, and a sword was placed between his jaws. It is said that because he couldn't close his mouth, he created a river purely from drool called Van (Expectation). At Ragnarok, he burst from his bonds and ran over the entire world with his lower jaw against the ground and his upper jaw in the clouds, devouring everything in his path. During the battle he killed the Odin, but his reign of destruction was finally ended, when he was killed by Vidarr, one of Odin's avenging sons.