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The Wolf "Fenrir" was brought up at home by the Æsir, and Týr alone dared go to him to give him meat; but when the gods saw how much he grew every day, they made a very strong fetter, which they called Lædingr, and brought it before the Wolf, bidding him try his strength against the fetter. The first time the Wolf lashed out against it, the fetter broke. After this, the Æsir made a second fetter, stronger by half, which they called Drómi, and bade the Wolf try that fetter. So he let the fetter be laid upon him. the Wolf dashed the fetter against the earth, and broke the fetter.
After that the Æsir feared that they should never be able to get Fenrir bound. Then Týr sent Skírnir, Freyr’s messenger, down into the region of the Black Elves, and caused to be made the fetter named Gleipnir. It was made among other things of: the breath of a fish, and the spittle of a bird. The fetter was soft and smooth as a silken ribbon

Then the Æsir went out to the island called Lyngvi, and summoning the Wolf with them, they showed him the silken ribbon and bade him burst it, Fenrir said: I am unwilling that this band should be laid upon me. let some one of you lay his hand in my mouth for a pledge. Only Týr stretched out his hand and laid it in the Wolf’s mouth. But when the Wolf lashed out, the fetter became hardened; and the more he struggled against it, the tighter the band was. Then all laughed except Týr: he lost his hand.

The Wolf gaped terribly, and strove to bite them; they thrust into his mouth a certain sword, the guards caught in his lower jaw, and the point in the upper; that is his gag. He howls hideously, and slaver runs out of his mouth: that is the river Ván. There he lies down till the Weird of the Gods.

A definitive clarification of the historical origin of the figures on the upper panel of the longer golden horn from Gallehus. Synchronous to Prose Edda - Gylfaginning, chapter 34.

Attempt to interpretate:

Tyr as the full Moon, digested by Fenrir as the Earth's shadow, symbolising the quarters of the Moon; perhaps pinpointing a particular lunar eclipse ...

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