The Myth of Fenrir

About Fenrir

Fenrir is a monstrous wolf of Norse mythology. He was the son of the god Loki and a giantess, Angerboda. Fearing Fenrir’s strength and knowing that only evil could be expected of him, the gods bound him with a magical chain made of the sound of a cat’s footsteps, the beard of a woman, the breath of fish, and other occult elements. When the chain was placed upon him, Fenrir bit off the hand of the god Tyr. He was gagged with a sword and was destined to lie bound to a rock until the Ragnarök (Doomsday), when he will break his bonds and fall upon the gods. According to one version of the myth, Fenrir will devour the sun, and in the Ragnarök he will fight against the chief god Odin and swallow him. Odin’s son Vidar will avenge his father, stabbing the wolf to the heart according to one account and tearing his jaws asunder according to another. Fenrir figures prominently in Norwegian and Icelandic poetry of the 10th and 11th centuries, and the poets speak apprehensively of the day when he will break loose.

Why we chose the name

For us, Fenrir characterises a metaphorical mindset with which CrossFit training can be approached. Fenrir is fabled as being monstrously strong and confident in his abilities. However, the tale of Fenrir also serves as a reminder for humility in that his overconfidence proved to be his downfall. So, the take away message is STRENGTH and HUMILITY. Plus it’s a REALLY cool story! =)

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