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the dictionary of norse mythology


GELGJA The name that 13th-century Icelandic writer snorri sturluson gave to a very strong chain used to help secure fenrir, the giant, mon-strous wolf. After learning that Fenrir, a son of the god loki, would eventually help destroy them, the gods decided to chain the wolf to a huge rock and keep him captive forever. Finally, through magic, they managed to get the rope gleipnir around the wolf's neck. They fastened Gleipnir to Gelgja, a shackle or chain. Some experts believe Gelgja, too, was made of magical materials. Finally, the gods fastened Gelgja to the rock gioll 1.

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