the dictionary of norse mythology


GARM The fearsome, howling hound who stood at the gates of hel's realm, guarding the kingdom of the dead. In some stories, Garm could be quieted only by a piece of cake given to him by those who had already given bread to the poor. In The Lay of Grimnir see grimnismal, Garm is described as the fiercest of all hounds. In Balder's Dreams see under balder, when odin went to the underworld to consult a seer-ess, the blood-caked hound of Hel howled at him, but Odin went on, undeterred by the hideous noise. At ragnarok Garm fought with one-handed tyr, and they killed each other. Garm is sometimes thought to be another name for the wolf fenrir.

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