Fenrir - the Ravenous Wolf of Norse Mythology

Artistic representation of ravenous wolf fenrir of norse mythology.

Fenrir translates from old Norse to mean “He who dwells in the marshes”, also known as the "ravenous wolf" and is the most notorious of all the wolves in Norse mythology. He is the son of the trickster god Loki and giantess Angrboda, and whose siblings are the goddess of the underworld Hel and Jormungand, the Midgard serpent. Fenrir was raised by the Aesir gods, who tried to keep him under their control, preventing him from causing havoc across the nine realms. Unfortunately for Fenrir, he grew at an incredible rate, eventually worrying the gods enough to drive them to chaining him up. The first two attempts at chaining up the wolf were unsuccessful, the gods disguised their intent with a game, where they wanted to test Fenrir’s strength. The wolf was easily able to shatter the chains. On the third attempt, the gods recruited the dwarves to forge the mightiest chain ever crafted.

The resulting chain looked deceptively light and even soft tot the touch. Fenrir was suspicious when he saw this chain and refused to be bound by it unless one of the gods placed his hand in Fenrir’s mouth as a sign of good faith. Tyr volunteers, not knowing that this would result in the loss of his hand, when Fenrir realised that he could not break this chain. The chain was then secured to boulder and a sword was place in Fenrir’s jaw to keep it open, causing a foamy river called “Expectation” to flow from his drooling mouth. Like the name for this river suggests, this was not the end of Fenrir, for at Ragnarok, he will break free from his bindings and gallop throughout the nine realms, devouring everything in his path. In the end, he will kill Odin himself, before being slain by one of Odin's sons, Vidar.