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Fenrir by Gaerwing Fenrir by Gaerwing
In Norse mythology, Fenrir or Fenrisulfr is a wolf, the son of Loki and the giantess Angrboða. Fenrir is bound by the gods, but is ultimately destined to grow too large for his bonds and swallow Odin whole during the course of Ragnarök. He will be slain by Odin's son, Viðarr, who will slice his belly open, avenging his father.

Fenrir has two sons, Hati and Skoll. Skoll chases the horses, that drag the chariot which contains the sun. Hati chases the moon. 'Skoll', in certain circumstances, is used as a heiti to refer indirectly to the father (Fenrir) and not the son. This ambiguity works in the other direction also, for example in the Vafþrúðnismál, where a confusion exists in stanza 46 where Fenrir is given the sun-chasing attributes of his son Skoll. This can mostly be accounted for by the use of Hróðvitnir and Hróðvitnirson to refer to both Fenrir and his sons.

Learning from the prophecy of the sybil (cf. Völuspá ) and from his contest with Vafþrúðnir (related in Vafþrúðnismál) that the children of Loki and Angrboða would bring trouble to the gods, Odin had the wolf brought to him along with his brother Jörmungandr and his sister Hel.

After casting Jörmungandr into the sea and Hel down into the land of the dead, Odin had the wolf raised among the Æsir. Only the god Týr was daring enough to feed the growing monster. The gods, urged by the wolf's increasing strength and by prophecies that he would be their destruction, attempted to bind the great beast. Twice he agreed to be chained and twice easily burst out of two successive fetters. The first, made of iron, was called Lœðingr. The second, also of iron, but of twice the strength, was called Drómi.

Odin then had the dwarfs forge the chain Gleipnir ("deceiver" or "entangler"). It appeared to be only a silken ribbon but was made of six wondrous ingredients: the sound of a cat's footfall, the beard of a woman, the roots of a mountain, bear's sinews (meaning nerves, sensibility), fish's breath, and bird's spittle. Skírnir, Freyr's messenger, brought it back to Ásgarðr.

Then, in the island called Lyngvi ("Heathery") in the lake called Ámsvartnir ("Red-black") (places unknown to us), the gods challenged Fenrisulfr to break this chain also. But the wolf noted the thinness and fineness of construction of Gleipnir and not unreasonably suspected a trick. He agreed to make the test only if one of the gods was willing to place his hand in the wolf's mouth during the binding as a pledge to free him if he failed to break the chain. No god was willing to do this, until Týr stood forth and placed his hand in the wolf's mouth. Fenrisulfr strained to burst the chain but the more he struggled the tighter he was held. When the gods would not free him, the wolf bit off Týr's hand at the wrist, the point afterwards called "the wolf joint".

It is prophesied that at Ragnarök the wolf will at last break free and join forces with the enemies of the gods and will then swallow Odin himself whole. After that Viðarr, Odin's son, will slay the wolf to avenge his father.

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And that is my entry for :icondianae:'s "Gods, Goddesses and Mythology"

I hope you'll like it @.@ :heart:



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Galaxies in the background are from :iconsunira:'s photoshop brushes.

:iconhoroan: who gives me the idea :P
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:iconnutcase9:
Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Odin's such a moron. Has he never heard of the self-fulfilling prophecy?
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Gaerwing Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
:P
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Red-Queen666 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome, he is my favorite in mythology :)
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:icongaerwing:
Gaerwing Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's my favorite too! 
I'm glad you like it, thank you! ^^
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:iconred-queen666:
Red-Queen666 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome, I have a fanfic on him if you wanna check it out, its called " Tess Black and Fenrir" :)
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:icongaerwing:
Gaerwing Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
Sure I will read it! ^^
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:iconred-queen666:
Red-Queen666 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, comments are appreciated :)
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Catkuro Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
like this very much
it's amazing
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:icongaerwing:
Gaerwing Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! ^^
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Catkuro Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Shirracco Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009   Writer
Wow! Great job! Gotta love the mythic wolves; I liked em so much I made a character descended from them ^^.
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:icongaerwing:
Gaerwing Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
I'm so glad you like this picture! ^^ It makes me proud :heart:
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:iconshirracco:
Shirracco Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009   Writer
You're very welcome! It should make you very proud :)! (<3 the little thing of dribble going down his chin, too).
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:icongaerwing:
Gaerwing Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
:D
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:iconshirracco:
Shirracco Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009   Writer
lol
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:icongaerwing:
Gaerwing Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
XD
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:iconshy-boy:
shy-boy Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Student
Fenrir is badass, I love him!
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:icongaerwing:
Gaerwing Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much :D
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MetalLearner Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
The fire in the background gives this piece a fairly eerie atmosphere as some sort of signal to the oncoming ragnarok :fear: RUN AWAY!!!! :sprint:
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:icongaerwing:
Gaerwing Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
LOL! I'ts true :P
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:iconmetallearner:
MetalLearner Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Definitely true
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:icongaerwing:
Gaerwing Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
:D
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NaomasDarkSide Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow thats awsome ,Fenrir is like so kewl, and this is awsome o,o
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:icongaerwing:
Gaerwing Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
*_* I'm glad that you like it!
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:iconf-22araptor:
F-22ARaptor Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, you've done a great job!
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:icongaerwing:
Gaerwing Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much ^^
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:iconf-22araptor:
F-22ARaptor Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're Welcome.
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Apocalyptic-Visions Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
I love Fenrir! :heart:
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:icongaerwing:
Gaerwing Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
Also thanks for the fav ;)
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:iconhoroan:
Horoan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bello^^
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:icongaerwing:
Gaerwing Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Professional General Artist
:heart:
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