Wolves in Norse Mythology: a three-part series (intro)

A Fabulous Blog entry about Wolves in Nordic Mythology from We Are Star Stuff

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Wolves, as predatory animals and carrion-eaters, had a somewhat grim reputation among the Norse. There was the Fenris Wolf, who would devour Oðin at Ragnarok, and on a more human level, outlaws were called vargr, wolves.

At the same time, though, Oðin had two as pets, and in one Eddic poem he praises the killer wolf Garm as the “best of hounds”. Warriors gave themselves wolf-names, and in addition to the well-known berserker, Úlfhéðnarwere men imbued with the ferocity of wolves.

In my next three posts, I will be taking a closer look at the ambivalent mythology surrounding wolves in Norse myth. In particular, I want to look at three aspects of the wolf-mythos:

  1. Mythological wolves, such as Fenrir and Garm, and their relation to Loki.
  2. Metaphorical wolves, such as outlaws and warriors.
  3. Magical wolves, associated with giantesses and witches.

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