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Loki's Children & Their Fates (from the prose edda by snori sturluson)



His wife's name is Sigyn; their son(is) Nari or Narvi.(AEsir)
'Loki had still more children. Ther was a giantess in Giantland called Angerboda1 Loki had three children by her, the first was the wolf Fenrir, the second, Jorgumangand--that is the Midgard Serpent--and the third Hel. Now when the gods knew that these three children were being brought up in Giantland and had gathered from prophecy that they would meet great harm and misfortune on their account(and they all anticipated evil,first from the mother and still worse from the father)All-father sent some of the gods to capture the children and bring them to him. ANd when they came to him, he flung the serpent into the deep sea which surrounds the whole world, and it grew so large that it now lies in the middle of the ocean round the earth, biting its own tail. He threw Hel into Niflheim and gave her authority over nine worlds, on the condition that she shared all ther provisions with those who were sent to her, namely men who die from disease or old age. She has a great homestead there with extrodinarily high walls and huge gates. her hall is called `Eljudinir,2 her plate, Hunger;her knife, Famine; her man-servent Ganglati3,her maid-servent, Ganglot4, The stone at the entrance, Drop to destruction;her bed, Sick-bed;its hangings/Gimmering Misfortune. Hel is half black, half flesh colour, and is easily recognized from this;she looks rather grim and gloomy.
'The gods brought the wolf up at home and only Tyr had the courage to goup to it and give it food. But when the gods saw how fast it was growing daily, and all prophecies foretold that it was doomed to do them injury, the AEsir adopted the plan of making a very strong fetter which they called Loeding and they took it to the wolf and bade him try his strength against it. But the wolf thought it would not be too difficult for him [to snap it]and allowed them to do as they would; and the first the wolf strained against it the fetter broke, so he got free from Loeding. Then the AEsir made another fetter twice as strong, which they called Dromi, and bade the wolf test himself again, against the fetter, saying that he would become very famous for strength if such a strong chain would not hold him.The wolf, however, was thinking that, although the fetter was very strong, he had grown in might since he had broken Loeding; it also occurred to him that he would have to expose himself to danger in order to become famous, so he let the fetter be put on him. When the AEsir said they were ready, he shook himself, knocking the fetter against the groundand struggled against it, digging his feet in so hard that the fetter broke into pieces which flew far and wide; so he got out of Dromi. It has since become a proverb when anything is extraordinarily difficult that one gets loose from Loeding and Dromi.
'After that the AEsir feared that they would never be able to get the wolf bound. Then All-father send one called Sirnir, Frey's messenger, down to the World of dark elves to some dwarfs, and had made the fetter called Glepnir. This was made from six things; the noise a cat makes when it moves, the beard of a woman, the roots of a mountain,the sinews of a bear,the breath of a fish,and the spittle of a bird.Now although you may not have known this before, you can easily prove that you are not being told a falsehood, since you will have observed that a woman has no beard, a cat makes no noise when running, a mountain has no roots, and upon my word everything I have just told you can't put to the test.
Then Gangerli said: 'I can easily understand it's true. I can see[that from]these things you have taken as examples, but how was the fetter made?
High One replied:'I can easily tell you that.The fetter was as smooth and soft as a ribbon of silk, but as trusty and strong as you are now going to hear. When the fetter was brought to the AEsir they thanked the messenger very much for carrying out his mission. Then the AEsir, calling to the wolf to go with them, went out to an island called Lyngvi in a lake called `Amvartnir. They showed him the silken band and bade him break it. They said it was a bit stronger than it appeared to be from its thickness and passed it from one to the other, testing its strength with their hands, and it did not break. They said, however,that the would would be able to snap it. The wolf's answerwas"This ribbon looks to me as if I could gain no renown from breaking it--it is so slight a cord;but if it has been made by guile and cunning,slender though it looks, it is not going to come on my legs." Then the gods said that it would soon snap so slight a ribbon of silk, when he had broken great fetters of iron before,"and if you don't succeed in snapping this cord you need not be afraid of the gods; we will set you free again." The wolf said:"If you bind me so I can't get free, then you will sneak away so that it will be a long time before I get help from you. I don't want to have that ribbon put on me. But rather than be accused of cowardice by you, let one of you put his hand in my mouth as a pledge that this is done in good faith." Each of the gods looked at the other then and thought that they were in a fix, and not one of them would stretch forth his hand, until Tyr put out his right hand and laid it in the wolf's mouth. Now whent he wolf began to struggle against it the band tightened, and the more fiercely he struggled the firmer it got. They all laughed except Tyr; he lost his hand. When the gods saw that the wolf was well and truly bound, they took the chain that as fast to this fetter which was called Gelgja and drawing it through a great boulder called Gjoll drove the boulder deep down into the earth. Then they took a huge stone called Thviti and sank it still deeper into the earth, and used this stone as a fastening peg. The wolf opened his mouth to a frightful width and struggeled violently, wanting to bite them. Then they shoved a sword into his mouth so that the hilt was in its lower jaw and the point in the upper; that is his gag. He howls horribly, and the slaver running from his mouth forms the river called Von5. There he will lie until Ragnarok.


1 abgrboda=boder of sorrow
2 `eljudnir=damp with sleet
3 ganglati=slow moving
4 ganglot= slow moving
5 von=expectation
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