Sunday, 11 March 2012

The Binding of Fenrir

In Norse mythology, Fenrir is a monstrous wolf that is foretold to kill the god Odin during the events of Ragnarök. The gods' knew of the prophecies foretelling great trouble from Fenrir and his rapid growth so they decided to bind him.The Gods had attempted to bind Fenrir twice with huge chains of metal, but Fenrir was able to break free both times. They then commissioned the dwarves to forge a chain that was impossible to break. To create a chain to achieve the impossible, the dwarves fashioned the chain out of six impossible things. This made the chain as thin as a silken ribbon, yet stronger than any iron chain.
This was just something quick and fun, as I’m struggling with a bit of an art block this week. I was reading Norse mythology recently because apparently unlike much of the country to the east of England, the Vikings of Cumbria (which is where I’m from) were Norwegians. Plus, my boyfriend also has Norse blood so thats a little bit poetic too. Anyway, norse mythology is beautiful so I hope to explore this concept further in the future at some point.

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