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In Norse mythology, a monstrous wolf. He was the son of the god Loki and a giantess. The gods bound Fenrir to a rock with a magical chain, where he is destined to remain until doomsday, or Ragnarok, when he will break his chains and fall upon the gods. In one version of the myth, he will devour the sun and swallow the chief god, Odin, only to be slain by Vidar, Odin's son. Fenrir figures prominently in Norwegian and Icelandic poetry of the 10th–11th century.
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