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Elder Edda Chapter Summary & Analysis - The Lay of Fafnir (Fafnismal) Summary

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The Lay of Fafnir (Fafnismal) Summary

Sigurd and Regin travel to Gnita-heath where they find Fafnir's tracks. Sigurd digs a great pit in the path and conceals himself in it. As Fafnir moves over the path he snorts poison onto Sigurd's head and the hero stabs the dragon with his sword. Fafnir flails about from the mortal wound and Sigurd jumps out of the pit. They stare at one another and Fafnir is incredulous that a mere boy has dealt him a death blow. He asks where he came from and whose son he is. Sigurd conceals his name so that the dying man/dragon cannot curse him by name. Instead Sigurd says he is called "Pre-eminent beast" and goes about mother- and fatherless. Fafnir then desires to know how the boy was born if he has no father. Sigurd then reveals that...

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