I have a great respect for him and I'm curious about him too. From what I've read, he's not a mindless beast. That's what I thought he was given his gluttony I was struck by his cunning(convincing Tyr to put his hand in his mouth) and instinct(he knew that binding was different)while he was being bound..
Of course I don't really want to be anywhere near him really, he's bound for a reason.
Maybe not mindless but not very smart, His impulsiveness got him imprisoned, and I do not believe he deserves respect. He did not convince Tyr to put his hand in his mouth, Tyr sacrificed it, and in the end Fenrir was dumb enough to let himself be bound. The only good thing about Loki, and his offspring is that they all seem to screw themselves up in the end.
This is an interesting subject. My first thoughts were negative, "worship fenrir? that's crazy", but I believe Loki not only to be a god(he may be jotun but many of the gods have jotun blood, and some are full blood jotun), but a very necessary one(although I wouldn't suggest calling on him unless your ready for what he is going to give you). I say that to say this: at what point are the children of gods not gods themselves? Who gets to make that decision?As far as worshipping him, I really see no good in it. With Loki you have a troublesome god, but after "stirring the pot" he makes things better. I don't see this in fenrir. I find that the fact that Odin raised him(was in control of him?) to be a key to what he represents. One of the meanings of wod is "rage, fury" so the fact that Odin feeds him till he gets so big no one can handle him until he must be bound(and can't be by any conventional means) speaks to his nature. respect him? yes. Worship him? I wouldn't.
Fenrir, could be considered a god, however we must first see what he is. He was a powerful, strong child of Loki and Angrboda, there for he comes from fire(loki) and nature (Angrboda) during a rather strange time in which there was no real death in the nine worlds, for Hel was missing till she was born the sister of Fenrir. The three children were born at the same time, thus we must consider a possibility that destiny and reason is intertwined between them. First of all, it is said that Fenrir was simply a spry little pup, and was only turned vicious when he was stolen by Odin from his mother, and separated fro Jormangandr and his sister. (almost forgot to mention that Odin did try to burn his mother alive.)
He was trained and kept by Tyr, who did not fear him. it was Odin who feared Fenrir. when Fenrir continued to grow to his giant size, Odin wanted him bound, for he feared he would be too strong, all this considering that Fenrir was really just a big puppy at this time, and every time that odin tried to bind him, he would escape, thinking it was some kind of game.
at last there was the deal, in which odin was finally able to bind him, you see, fenrir told him (still thinking it was a game) that he would only let odin bind him if odin placed his hand in his mouth. now odin would have none of that, but Tyr, the noble warrior and trainer of Fenrir, did the noble thing and placed his hand in the mouth of the wolf.
and we all know what happened there.
then to put insult to injury, Odin rammed a sword through Fenrir's mouth.
So what do we have? you have a Wolf god, who can be seen to an extent as a god of innocence, Freedom, and what we call "his nature" for he is a wolf, and a wolf does as a wolf does. Innocence because he was simply being himself, and a puppy. Freedom because that is what he truly wanted, but it was stripped from him by the fear of others.
and finally, perhaps a god of Vengance, for it is written that he will kill he who took his freedom.
"So what do we have? you have a Wolf god, who can be seen to an extent as a god of innocence, Freedom"
I don't see where you get this, the last thing I see Fenrir as, is Innocent. He ran amuck, causing havoc. If he had any sense at all he should have controlled himself, and prevented his incarceration. I just do not see how anyone can admire Loki, or any of his brood.
"He was trained and kept by Tyr, who did not fear him. it was Odin who feared Fenrir. when Fenrir continued to grow to his giant size, Odin wanted him bound, for he feared he would be too strong, all this considering that Fenrir was really just a big puppy at this time, and every time that odin tried to bind him, he would escape, thinking it was some kind of game."
You do know that the Norse really didn't have a whole lot of interest in victimization, right? Most of the laws (Gragas) are based in action and not so much on intent. Looking at the situation via those glasses, what happened? Fenris bit off Tyr's hand and tried to eat everything. So the Gods stopped him. After he gets out post-Ragnarok he fulfills that prophesy.
lets take it that if anything he is a personification of death, destruction and primal rage.
whats the issue there?
just cause they are not all flowers and rainbows doesn't mean these forces are not important. let us view this with the idea that i am a warrior, a bezerker as well, and I see Fenrir, the animal god that is destined to kill Odin. This is an amazing power to think of. yes, he may be the destroyer of the allfather, but he is destined to die anyway. it leaves us to only realize that there is strength above what we currently think. its a good reason also to look at those beings destined to kill Fenrir as well.