27 Facts About Fenrir


Fenrir, together with Hel and the World Serpent, is a child of Loki and giantess Angrboða.

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Fenrir is attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and the Prose Edda and Heimskringla, written in the 13th century by Snorri Sturluson.

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In both the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, Fenrir is the father of the wolves Skoll and Hati Hroðvitnisson, is a son of Loki and is foretold to kill the god Odin during the events of Ragnarok, but will in turn be killed by Odin's son Viðarr.

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Depictions of Fenrir have been identified on various objects and scholarly theories have been proposed regarding Fenrir's relation to other canine beings in Norse mythology.

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Fenrir has been the subject of artistic depictions and he appears in literature.

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Fenrir is mentioned in three stanzas of the poem Voluspa and in two stanzas of the poem Vafþruðnismal.

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In chapter 13 of the Prose Edda book Gylfaginning, Fenrir is first mentioned in a stanza quoted from Voluspa.

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Fenrir is first mentioned in prose in chapter 25, where the enthroned figure of High tells Gangleri about the god Tyr.

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The gods noticed that Fenrir was growing rapidly every day, and since all prophecies foretold that Fenrir was destined to cause them harm, the gods formed a plan.

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Fenrir judged that it was not beyond his strength, and so let the gods do what they wanted with it.

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The gods asked Fenrir to try the new fetter, and that should he break this feat of engineering, Fenrir would achieve great fame for his strength.

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Fenrir considered that, while the fetter was very strong, his strength had grown since he broke Leyding; and that he would have to take some risks if he were to become famous.

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When Fenrir kicked, Gleipnir caught tightly, and the more Fenrir struggled, the stronger the band grew.

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Fenrir reacted violently; he opened his jaws very wide, and tried to bite the gods.

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Additionally, the name "Fenrir" can be found among a list of jotnar in chapter 75 of Skaldskaparmal.

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The suggested parallels with Fenrir myths are the binding of an evil being by a ruler figure and the subsequent swallowing of the ruler figure by the evil being, trickery involving the thrusting of a hand into a monster's orifice and the affliction of the inserted limb.

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Fenrir has been depicted in the artwork Odin and Fenris and The Binding of Fenris by Dorothy Hardy, Odin und Fenriswolf and Fesselung des Fenriswolfe by Emil Doepler, and is the subject of the metal sculpture Fenrir by Arne Vinje Gunnerud located on the island of Askøy, Norway.

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In 1988 the name Fenrir was first used as an enemy wolf in Final Fantasy II.

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Fenrir was the influence for Carcharoth, an evil wolf serving Morgoth in JR R Tolkien's fantasy world of Middle-earth.

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Fenrir appears in at least three Young Adult fiction books.

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Fenrir appears in the form of Fenris Wolf in Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, by Rick Riordan, as the main adversary in the first book of the series.

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Fenrir's influence is seen in Sarah J Maas' Throne of Glass series in the character Fenrys, who can transform into a large wolf.

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Fenrir was the antagonist of Volume 7 until he was defeated by Vali aided by Arthur's Excalibur Ruler which sealed his power.

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The vehicle's name is derived from the name "Fenrir", appropriately capturing the power and speed of the car in the name inspired by the mighty wolf.

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Fenrir appears as a minion of Hela in the 2017 Marvel Studios film Thor: Ragnarok.

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Fenrir is a highly durable mech option in Pixonic's game War Robots.

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Fenrir appears as an antagonist in the 2020 videogame Assassin's Creed Valhalla, with a story adapted from the events found in Prose Edda.

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