The Binding of Fenrir

Primary Sources

  • Copenhagen: Det Kongelige Bibliotek. NKS 1867 4to. 1760. Handcopied paper manuscript.

Secondary Sources

  • Cleasby, Richard and Vigfússon Guðbrandur. An Icelandic-English Dictionary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1957. Print.
  • Helgason, Jón. Handritaspjall. Reykjavik: Mál og Menning, 1958. Print.
  • Sigurðsson, Gísli. The Last Manuscript Home? The Manuscripts of Iceland. Gísli Sigurdsson and Vésteinn Ólason . Reykjavik: Árni Magnússon Institute in Iceland, 2004. 179 - 186. Print.
Jakob Sigurðsson (is.)
Jakob Sigurdsson (en.)
b. 1727
d. 1779
Nationality: Icelandic
Jokob was a tenant farmer, poet, scribe, and illustrator, who created full-page Eddaillustrations in hand-copied paper manuscripts in Iceland in the eighteenth century.
Týr (non.)
Tyr (en.)
The god who put his hand in the mouth of the wolf Fenrir as pledge that the gods were not really trying to bind Fenrir but were only testing his strength. Fenrir bit off Týr's hand when they succeeded in binding him.
Þórr (non.)
Thor (en.)
In The Prose Edda he is the son of Óðinn and the giantess Jörð. However, in Heimskringla he is a mortal.
Snorri Sturluson (is.)
b. 1179
d. 1241
Nationality: Icelandic
Snorri was an Icelandic statesman, scholar, and author who is credited with writing Heimskringla, The Prose Edda, and possibly Egil's Saga.
Ólafur Brynjólfsson (is.)
Brynjolfsson, Olafur (en.)
b. 1713
d. 1765
Nationality: Icelandic
Occupation: priest
Residence: Kirkjubær (farm) in Hróarstúnga, Norður-Múlasýsla, Northern Iceland
The priest whose family fostered Jakob Sigurðsson.
Binding of Fenrir Myth This myth relates the story of how the gods managed to trick the wolf Fenrir into letting them bind him with a magic fetter.
Prose Edda Snorri Sturluson's thirteenth-century prose work concerning Old Norse mythology and poetics.
Nks 1867 4to A hand-copied paper manuscript from 1760 that was produced in north-eastern Iceland and contains a set of sixteen full page illustrations from Snorri's Edda, plus four other illustrations, all of which were created by Jakob Sigurðsson.
Fenrir (non.)
This is one of the names for the monstrous wolf who is one of the three monsterous offspring of Loki and the giantess Angrboða.
Fenris (non.)
This is one of the names for the monstrous wolf who is one of the three monsterous offspring of Loki and the giantess Angrboða.
Fenrisúlfr (non.)
Fenris Wolf (en.)
This is one of the names for the monstrous wolf who is one of the three monsterous offspring of Loki and the giantess Angrboða.
Hróðvitnir (non.)
Hrodvitnir (.)
One of the names for the monstrous wolf, Fenrir, who is the progeny of Loki and the giantess Angrboða.
Gleipnir (non.)
The magic fetter that the gods succeeded in binding Fenrir with.
úlfr wolf
fjöturr fetter