The tale of Fenrir

Man must rely on the wisdom of the Gods, however, they must accept that they can fail. They can be many things and worst of all, wrong. An example of their mistakes is that they should have slain the wolf-beast Fenrir, the most infamous of the many wolves in Norse mythology but they chose instead to bind him.

Despite many warnings and prophecies that he would kill Odin at Ragnorok and devour the earth and sky, they did not end Loki's son. He’s the son of the god Loki and the giantess Angrboda, making him the brother of the serpent Jormungand and the underworld goddess Hel.

Thrice they tried to bind him, the cunning gods convinced Fenrir that it was only a game. The chains were nothing more than a challenge for his strength, a test to see if he could shatter them.  The first two God-forged fetters were easily broken beneath the beast’s terrible power, but the third was a ribbon, dwarf made, and Fenrir grew suspicious of the God’s intentions. he refused to be bound with it unless one of the gods would stick their hand in his mouth as a pledge of good faith and if the ribbon proved magical in nature, he would exact punishment.

Brave, if foolish, Tyr put his fist in Fenrir’s maw as the ribbon was secured to the wolf’s leg. Fenrir strained and screamed, but could not break free, sure enough, when Fenrir found himself unable to break free of his bonds, he ripped Tyr’s hand from his arm

Fenrir was then tied to a boulder and a sword was placed in his jaws to hold it open. As he howled wildly and ceaselessly, a foamy river called “Expectation” flowed from his open mouth.

As Ragnarok draws close, he will break free and run throughout the world, devouring everything in his path. And as the prophecy foretold, he will tear Odin apart before finally being put to death by one of Odin’s avenging sons.