The Binding of Fenrir drinking horn
This horn has the been hand carved with an image depicting "The Binding of Fenrir", which shows the moment the God Tyr sacrifices his hand to Fenrir in an attempt to protect the 9 realms (Full story below).
- Capacity: 400 - 600 ml (Approx)
- Hand crafted in the U.K
- Beeswax lined
- Option to add a copper or brass raven horn rim.
- Option to add a personal name engraved onto horn.
If name is chosen, please leave us a message on the order stating what name you would like engraving onto the horn and whether you would like it in English or in runes.
All our horn products are completely handmade in our Yorkshire based workshop so please be aware there is a production time of around 2-3 weeks once the order has been placed .
All our horn products are handmade in our Yorkshire based workshop. All horns arrive in their completely natural state, we then sand, polish and line the inside of each individual piece. All designs are drawn on and carved entirely by hand.
The inside of the horn has been extensively cleaned and then lined using a food grade beeswax. We try to keep everything as authentic and organic as possible, which is why we opt for a deodorized beeswax lining rather than a polyurethane one. Because we use a natural wax, the horn isn't suitable for hot drinks. All drinking horns and mugs come with a set of care instructions.
Our horns come without a stand, unless specified otherwise. All our stands are made exclusively for Horns of Odin by our U.K based blacksmith and can be found in the "horn accessories" section.
These horns are made to order, so may differ from the product pictures. If you have a preferred colour horn, please leave a message with your order and we will do everything we can to accommodate.
The binding of Fenrir is one of the most powerful, but also heartbreaking, stories in all of Norse mythology.
In the poem Völuspá, it is prophesied that the wolf Fenrir would devour Odin (Old Norse: Óðinn) at Ragnarok; and bring about the end of days.
Fenrir (Old Norse: "fen-dweller") was the son of Loki and the giantess Angrboda (“She Who Bodes Anguish”). The gods feared Fenrir too much to simply cast him away, so the decision was made to rear the pup, under their watchful eye, in Asgard (Old Norse: Ásgarðr; "Enclosure of the Æsir"). Only one god was brave enough to approach the hound; Tyr. Tyr, upholder of law and honour, cared for and befriended the wolf.
However, Fenrir began to grow at an alarming rate which terrified the gods. So the decision was made to bind Fenrir, in attempt to prevent the prophecy coming true. The gods convinced the beast that they wanted to test his strength, and to do this they would bind him with chains. Fenrir escaped each time by breaking chain after chain, and each time the gods masked their disappointment with faked cheers of jubilation at the monsters unstoppable power.
Panic-stricken the gods sent a message to Svartalfheim (Realm of the Dwarves) asking the master craftsmen to create a chain. The Dwarves combined 6 impossible items; the sound of a cat's footsteps, 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, creating the unbreakable chain; Gleipnir.
When presented with the challenge to break free from Gleipnir, Fenrir suspected trickery by the gods and refused to be bound. Unless one of the gods would lay his or her hand across his knife life teeth, as a pledge of good faith. None of the gods stepped forward to accept the task, as it meant the certainty of losing a hand and breaking an oath. Tyr, the brave god and Fenrir's only friend, stepped forward and laid his arm between the wolf's jaws. As predicted, when Fenrir discovered that he couldn't escape Gleipnir, he bit through Tyr arm and swallowed his hand.
The beast was taken to a lonely and desolate location, where a sword was placed in his mouth forcing his jaws open. Fenrir howled wildly and ceaselessly awaiting his change at revenge, awaiting Ragnarök.
Tyr committed the ultimate sacrifice and betrayal in order to protect the 9 realms.