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GLEIPNIR

When the gods tried and failed to shackle Fenrir with the strongest fetters known to man, or Gods, they sent Skirnir into Svartalfheim to see if he could talk the dark elves into helping them out.

He was the smoothest of smooth talkers, that's why Odin gave him the job, and he wasted no time carressing their tiny little egos.

Eventually he returned with something called Gleipnir which looked for all the world like a girly hair ribbon.

'You're having a laugh!' said Odin, 'This will never hold a giant wolf!'

''Oh ye of little faith!" Skirnir replied, "I had the little fella's eating out of the palm of my hand, so much so that they went out of their way to fill this 'ere ribbon with all the dwarfy magic they could muster plus a few mystical ingredients. Check it out... '

The terribly hard to find special ingredients in question were :

The footsteps of a cat
The beard of a woman
The roots of a mountain
The tendons of a bear
The breath of a fish
The Spit of a bird

The ribbon, despite its flimsy appearance, proved to be a stroke of engineering genius by the Elves and sure enough it shackled Fenrir a treat, but not before a little bartering and a deal involving poor Tyr.

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'GLEIPNIR' - Norse database entry - 19 Nov 2007
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