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Novel Gnosis part 12: Garm

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Garm is the helhound of Norse mythology. He is literally Hel's hound.

In the Fireverse, after Fenris is bound, Zisa misses having a puppy around the house, and takes steps to produce Garm. Garm’s parentage is kept secret and when he starts showing signs that he is not an ordinary dog he is sent to be Hel’s watchdog before anyone in Asgard guesses the truth. In the Fireverse, this is the secret behind Loki’s claim in Lokasenna to have had sex with Tyr’s wife.

In the Lore, Garm is supposed to kill Tyr at Ragnarok. Some scholars think that means Garm and Fenris are really the same being. In the Fireverse, Garm and Tyr do not fight each other when they meet on the battlefield at Ragnarok. By this point in the story Tyr has already done everything he can for that universe, and has also done everything he can to get a good start on the next universe, and all the gods have already decided that Ragnarok needs to happen because the universe they are living in is rotting and is completely messed up and the gods have started to age, so Tyr doesn't see any point in fighting fate right then.

Image: Garm by Hannah Boving creative commons via Deviantart

P.S. the novel from which I've extracted these gnosis posts is unpublished, but my out of print nonfiction book Asatru For Beginners is about to get a whole new edition titled Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Description and preorder links are on my author site, here:


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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.


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