Fenrir (pronounced “FEN-reer) is the most infamous Viking wolf in Norse mythology.
He was an important figure to the Vikings and his images are seen on numerous surviving artifacts such as runestones.
Fenrir is the son of the god Loki and the giantess Angrboða. He is the brother of the serpent Jormungand and the underworld goddess Hel.
It was the Aesir gods who raised Fenrir themselves in order to keep him under their control and to keep him from wreaking havoc throughout the Nine Worlds. But Fenrir grew at an alarming rate. That’s when the gods decided to chain him up. Their first two attempts were unsuccessful as Fenrir broke away easily.
For their third attempt, the gods had the dwarves create the strongest chain ever built. The chain looked very light and soft to the touch, which belies its strength.
Fenrir was suspicious when the chain was brought to him, agreeing only to be bound with it if someone had to place his hand in his mouth as a gesture of good faith.
Tyr was the only one brave enough to do this. Despite knowing he would lose his hand, he submitted himself to it. As expected, Fenrir was unable to break free and he ripped Tyr’s hand from his arm.
But this was not the end of Fenrir. At Ragnarok, he broke free and went about swallowing everything in his way, for his lower jaw was on the ground and his upper jaw up in the sky.
It was in this manner than Fenrir killed the god Odin. Fenrir was then killed by one of Odin’s sons.
Anywhere you look in Norse mythology, you’re bound to find Viking wolves.
The Norse saw in the Viking wolf good qualities such as cleverness, power, strength, ferocity, and being family-oriented.
Wolves were important to the Norse despite being dangerous and the killer of Odin. You have to remember that Odin himself was the wolf was accompanied by two loyal wolves.
Fenrir is an excellent symbol for you if you have gone through a lot of troubles and was able to rise above them.
You might have had the strength to move out of your comfort zone, in the form of a hometown, an abusive relationship, or a dead-end job.
Fenrir is the symbol for you if you’ve survived a debilitating sickness like cancer. If you are a survivor, then you have the strength of the ferocity of the wolf.
Fenrir is also the perfect symbol to give someone who has just come home from rehab or jail. It is not an easy feat to survive time in rehab or jail.
A Fenrir necklace would be the perfect present for someone who was able to overcome a seemingly insurmountable obstacle.
Few animals on Earth evoke such strong emotions as the wolf. They are misunderstood due to their nature. The wolves were blessed with such characteristics with a purpose.
Wolves are intelligent creatures and if we open our eyes, we can learn from them. In hunter-gatherer societies, the wolf was respected for its sharp senses and hunting prowess.
But with the rise of agriculture, the threat to livestock meant that wolves would be given a bad name.
Nothing on this Earth is created for pure ruthlessness. That is our challenge. To see beyond misinformation and open our eyes wider.