Loki is also known as the " Spawn Of Evil ". Loki is the father of two of the worst monsters described in the Eddas. They are of course, Fenrir the ravenous wolf, and Jormungand the great Midgard serpent. He also has a daughter named Hel. Some see Hel as evil also, but I do not ! I see her more as a tragic figure than as an evil one, but more on her later. These children are conceived with the Jotun Ogress, Angrboda, of which almost nothing is known. Loki also has two, " normal " , children with his wonderful, and very dedicated wife, Sigyn. They are named Nari and Narfi, and they become entangled in Loki's evil as well. Oh, and of course Loki had a foal by a stallion when he turned himself into a mare ! I will have more on that tale in the final part of my series on Loki. For now lets just say that it was given to Odin, and that it is the best of all horses.
Fenrir, the mighty wolf - beast, is the most dangerous of Loki' s offspring. When Odin discovered that Loki's evil children were being raised in Jotunheim, he sends the Gods to capture them and bring them before him. Odin casts out the Midgard Serpent, and Hel, but for some unknown reason he keeps the wolf in Asgard, and raises it there. Maybe he just wanted to keep " his enemies closer ", so to speak. However, once the Aesir see how quickly he is growing, and how immensely strong the beast is becoming, they have a change of heart, and decide that the monster must be bound. The monster becomes so unruly that only Tyr is brave enough to feed and care for the beast. A chore that will eventually cost him dearly.
The first fetter they tried to bind the wolf with was called Loeding, but it was too weak and the great wolf easily broke it. Next they tried a stronger one called Dromi, but it too was no match for the great strength of the monster. Odin then sent Skirnir, the Gods messenger, to the land of the Dwarves to have a magic fetter made that would be stronger than any in existence. This fetter, called Gleipnir, was made of such magical things as: the noise a cat makes; a woman's beard; a mountain's roots; a bear's sinews; a fishes' breath; and the spittle of a bird. It sounds more like a witches brew than the makings of a strong fetter, but after Tyr agreed to place his hand in Fenrir's mouth, ( as a sort of insurance policy that the wolf would be released ), the fetter held and the beast was bound. All the Aesir were happy and relieved, except poor Tyr who lost his hand in the bargain.
The Aesir then took the great wolf - beast to the island of Lyngvi, which was in the lake known as Amsvartnir, and left the beast to howl with anger, and hatred at his betrayal in a cave. There the great beast awaits the day of reckoning known as Ragnarok, when a violent earthquake will release it, and the wolf will take his revenge. Unchained, Fenrir will head straight for Asgard, with the rest of the evil forces of Chaos, breaking the Rainbow Bridge along the way. It states that the wolf - monster will run with a gaping mouth so large that the lower jaw will scrape against the earth, while the upper jaw will reach far into the sky. The wolf also has fires that burn in its eyes and nostrils !
As the Gods make their last stand in Asgard they each become paired up against a minion of evil. Fenrir goes up against Odin himself, and because Thor is too busy doing battle with the Midgard Serpent, is swallowed whole. Fenrir has no time to enjoy his victory, however, because Odin's son Vidar steps foward to challenge the wolf. Vidar places his foot on the lower jaw of the beast and thrusts his great sword into the heart of Fenrir, and the evil beast is finally destroyed. Unfortunately, so is almost everthing else in the nine worlds by the forces of Chaos.
Next : Jormungand : The Midgard Serpent
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !