11 February 2021

#11 - Fenrir at Ragnarök

Ragnarök is the end of the world in Norse mythology, a great battle in which many gods are killed. Fenrir is a great big wolf god (son of Loki). He kills Odin and then is killed by Vidar (who is Odin’s son). Complicated family dynamics…

Fenrir at Ragnarök

Prepare for an apocalyptic brawl 
where gods and beasts and giants meet their end.
A bloody war where fury conquers all, 
where father turns on son and friend on friend. 

While mediation thrives on compromise,
these bearded lads would rather have the fight.
To lunge - head-first - towards their own demise,
and, on the way, engage in righteous smite!

The crashing crunch of jaws reverberates,
but he resolved to swallow Odin whole.
It is impertinent to masticate 
a deity ‘round whom the world revolves.

This Vidar, god of vengeance, plays his part
and pulls his wolfy body clean apart. 


Odin and Fenris (1909) by Dorothy Hardy

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