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[fahv-nir, fawv-] /ˈfɑv nɪr, ˈfɔv-/
noun, Scandinavian Mythology.
a dragon, a son of Hreidmar and the brother of Otter and Regin: he killed Hreidmar for the cursed treasure of Andvari and was killed in turn by Sigurd at the instigation of Regin. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Fafnir
Historical Examples
  • "But I have already heard of Fafnir," said Sigurd thoughtfully.

    Told by the Northmen: E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
  • Then Fafnir and Regin were forced to go out of the dwelling.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • What is the slaying of Lygni and the conquest of his kingdom to the slaying of Fafnir the Dragon?

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • Ah, a curse was upon the hoard, for Hreidmar and Fafnir and I have perished because of it.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • So Sigurd understands the language of birds, after eating the blood of Fafnir the Worm.

    Europa's Fairy Book Joseph Jacobs
  • Then Sigurd went his way and roasted the heart of Fafnir on a rod.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • Ellis bent over and looked into the gaping jaws of Fafnir the Dragon.

    The Adventures of a Modest Man Robert W. Chambers
  • They say that he found it also on the Glittering Heath, in the trench where Fafnir was slain.

    The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin
  • And some will have it that it was forged by Regin, Fafnir's own brother.

    The Story of Siegfried James Baldwin
  • Regin has urged him to kill Fafnir and take possession of the hoard.

British Dictionary definitions for Fafnir


/ˈfæfnɪə; ˈfæv-/
(Norse myth) the son of Hreidmar, whom he killed to gain the cursed treasure of Andvari. He became a dragon and was slain by Sigurd while guarding the treasure
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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