Sigurðr and the Death of Fáfnir

Sigurðr and the Death of Fáfnir

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Laliberte, Camille (en.) b. 19th December 1998
Occupation: Research Assistant

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Artist Not Known Artist not known for this illustration in Children of Odin.

Dwarves and Elves

Andvari (non.) The dwarf who shapeshifted into a pike and lived under a waterfall. Loki caught him and forced him to give up his gold and his magic ring Andvaranaut.

Historical Persons, i.e. from Heimskringla, Saxo, sagas etc.

Fáfnir (non.) Fafnir (en.) One of Hreiðmarr's sons, in Völsunga Saga who killed his father in order to get the hoard of gold that included the magic ring Andvaranaut. Fáfnir then changed himself into a dragon to guard the gold and was eventually killed by Sigurðr Fáfnisbani.
Sigurðr Fáfnisbani (non.) Sigurd the Dragon Slayer (en.) The legendary hero in Völsunga Saga who killed the dragon Fáfnir, rode through the flame wall to awaken Brynhildr. He promised to marry her but due to sorcery married Guðrún and tricked Brynhildr into marrying Gunnarr.


Edwardian (en.)The Edwardian era began with the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910 (January 22, 1901 - 28 July, 1914). However, the era's end date is sometimes extended to the beginning of World War 1 (28 July 1914).

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Children of Odin (en.) Children's book by Ernest Edwin Speight published in 1901. The illustrations in MyNDIR are from the second edition that was published in 1903. Disambiguation: This book should not be confused with The Children of Odin by Padriac Colum published in 1920 that was illustrated by Willy Pogany.
Völsunga saga (is.) Saga of the Volsungs (en.) An Old Norse legendary saga drawn from Germanic legends preserved in the Eddas concerning the origin and fall of the Volsoungs, and also the fall of the Burgundians. This saga inspired much of Richard Wagner's creation of The Ring of the Nebilung.

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Speight, Ernest Edwin (en.) b. 6 December 1871
d. 17 September 1949
Nationality: English
Occupation: Author, Professor of English
Residence: Yorkshire, England
Ernest Edwin Speight, better known as E. E. Speight, was an English professor who worked in India and Japan. He authored Children of Odin, as well as numerous English textbooks. He was awarded the Fifth Class of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan for his services as a teacher.