Gleipnir – The Bindings of the Mighty Wolf Fenrir in Norse Myth


I found this piece on YouTube by an independent composer named “AdrianVonZiegler.”

See his collection on YouTube Here

In Norse Mythology, “Gleipnir” refers to the bindings on the mighty wolf Fenrir. The Gods attempted to bind him twice before with huge chains of metal, but he broke free both times. Therefore, they commissioned dwarves to create a chain that would be impossible to break. This chain had to achieve the impossible, therefore, the dwarves fashioned it out of six impossible things:

  • The sound of a cat’s footfall
  • The beard of a woman
  • The roots of a mountain
  • The sinews of a bear
  • The breath of a fish
  • The Spittle of a bird

If you ask me, the beard of a woman isn’t hard to find. But I’ll keep my dirty thoughts elsewhere…hehehe

Anyways! The chain of Gleipnir is as thin as a silken ribbon, but stronger than an iron chain. It was forged by the dwarves in their underground realm called Svartálfaheim.

The Gleipnir is said to bind Fenrir until the days of Ragnarok. Then, he will break free and devour Odin.

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