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Gleipnir (Old Norse 'open one', 'lissom') is the name of the fetter with which the wolf Fenrir can finally be bound. Skírnir fetched it for the Æsir from the dwarfs who had made it

  • from the sound of a cat
  • from the beard of a woman
  • from the roots of the mountains
  • from the breath of a fish
  • from the spittle of a bird

The fetter is extremely light and soft but Fenrir cannot break it. [1] [2]

Gleipnir is also used as an Icelandic horse name


  1. Rudolf Simek: Dictionary of Northern Mythology (1993)
  2. Richard Cleasby, Gudbrand Vigfusson: An Icelandic-English Dictionary (1874)