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Comparing Skoll and Finrer

Ragnorock, Scandinavia

FINRER AND SKOLL

Wolves have always been my favorite animal, and every time a the chance to study wolves come up, I would take it in a heart beat. Little did I know that wolves play a big roll in Norse mythology. There are three (or one, but we will get to that later) major wolves in norse mythology. There names were Finrer, Skoll, and Hati. Here we will compare Finrer and Skoll, as well as the roles they play in the death of Odin. Although both Finrer and Skoll both where family, and they were both at Ragnarok but Skoll ate the sun and Finrer ate Odin as well as Finrer dies and Skoll disappeared.

First things first Finrer and Skoll are called family by some and by others they are one and the same. Skoll by myth is the son of Finrer and depicted different in art, but there are norse text who mess with different versions of the myth. For our purpose Skoll is Finrer son, just as most text place him to be. Thus our first similarity is that Finrer and Skoll are both related to Loki. Loki is Finrer’s father and Skoll is Finrer’s son, there for they are all related. “Finrer is the father of wolves Skoll and Hati, is the son of loki...”and “Hroovitnir and Hroovitnisson are to refer to Finrer and his sons”(Orchard, Andy)
Another thing is that Skoll’s soul purpose in life was to eat the sun and Finrer’s was to eat Odin. “Skoll is a wolf who chases the horses Arvakr and Alsvisor, that drag the chariot containing the sun across the sky” (Orchard, Andy) Finrer had Skoll and his brother Hati eat the sun and moon for his own personal gain, which was his vengeance. Therefore the only reason Skoll is alive is to serve his father, and the quest behind Finrer’s story is to get vengeance by eating Odin, thus its similar that they both ate something, but they ate very different things.
On the topic of differences no one ever found out what happened to Skoll, he ate the sun and then he was gone. On the other hand Finrer had a.... less than happy ending... “Odin's son Vioarr will move forward and kick one foot into the lower jaw and with one hand Vioarr will take hold of the wolfs upper jaw ripping apart his mouth, killing Finrer” (Anthony Faulk)


Now finally the fun part, both wolves were at ragnarok, (it may have been for different reasons but they were both there...) Skoll ate the sun and hati ate the moon which started Ragnarok. They both had to have been there because one caused it and one died there. for the legend says once the sun and moon are eaten then ragnarok will start.

So in closing, although both Finrer and Skoll both where family, and they were both at Ragnarok but Skoll ate the sun and Finrer ate Odin as well as Finrer dies and Skoll disappeared. Proving two mythical wolves that are family and in the same myth can be so close and so far away from being the same.

BIBlIOGRAPHY
(it was hard to find things on Finrer and Skoll since they were only recorded in 2 events)

Orchard, Andy (1997). Dictionary of Norse Myth and Legend. 1997.

Faulkes, Anthony (Trans.) (1995). Edda.

PIC 1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lokis_Gez%C3%BCcht.jpg

PIC 2 http://worldofmythology.tumblr.com/post/48822829485/chariot-hati-and-skoll-by-naryu

PIC 3 http://o-uivo-do-lobo.blogspot.com/2013/03/fenrir.html

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