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Gram


Gram is a magical sword from Norse mythology. It was made for the hero Sigurd (Siegfried) so that he could slay the mighty dragon Fafnir. In the Saga of the Volsungs, Sigurd's foster father Regin had a blade forged for Sigurd, but the sword broke on the anvil during forging. Regin reforged the sword with a shard from the Balmung, , the magical sword that belonged to Sigurd's father, Sigmund. Balmung was shattered by Odin, but the shards were passed down to his son.

The new blade was named Gram and with it Sigurd was able to kill Fafnir. He and Regin cooked his heart on a spit. Sigurd tasted the blood of the dragon's heart, which granted him the ability to understand the birds. The birds warned him that Regin meant to betray him and take the treasure for himself, so Sigurd killed Regin. He took Regin's sword Ridill and then plundered Fafnir's treasure taking two chests of gold, the sword Hrotti, a golden coat of mail, and the helmet Aegishjalmarr. The story of Fafnir's death is told in the Fafnismol (The Ballad of Fafnir) and the Saga of the Volsungs.

Mythology, Norse, Sword, Weapon


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