What is Fafnir?

  • (noun): (Norse mythology) the Norse dragon that guarded a treasure and was slain by Sigurd.


In Norse mythology, Fáfnir (Old Norse and Icelandic) or Frænir was a son of the dwarf king Hreidmar and brother of Regin and Ótr.

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Fafnir - In Art and Music
... Fafnir appears — as "Fafner" — in Richard Wagner's epic opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (1848-1874), although he began life as a giant rather than a dwarf ... The 2007 adaptation of Beowulf features Fafnir as the dragon ... In this adaptation Fafnir is depicted as being the son of Beowulf and the Water Demon (Grendel's mother), not unlike how Grendel was the son of Hrothgar and the same demon ...