the Slaying of the Worm Fafnir


This story is a Nordic Tale that involves the fight between

Sigard (hero) and Fafnir the Worm or Serpent of a Telluric form who lived by the River or the Sea. What is interesting is the same outline is found in the story of the Lost Shipwreck of an Egyptian who during the 11th-12the Dynasty of Egypt was a circulated story about the existence of a Atlantis and its Worm or Serpent. Below is the website of that story for you to compare with to this story. 

The Island of the Serpent, Wallis Budge of an Egyptian manuscript. Also known as 

The Story of the Shipwreck Egyptian.


see also http:\\\.citybrass.htm

and http:\\\ragnarok.htm



The point is that the Hero-Sailor who like Gilgamesh travels afar and fights dragons is an old tale even into Celtic Lore, but the difference is that these stories involve the number '50' many times like the Argonaut's number of oarsman who also fight a dragon with Jason and the Fleece of Gold. Note in this story it is specific the hero is given information by the serpent that it will give him Gold for a reward for being brave enough to take him on but also warns him of future doom of it's own land and his lands. This is the same outline in the Egyptian Lost Shipwreck Sailor Tale. The land lost in the Nordic Volsung is not said but what is said is that fire and flooding occurred after Sigard left the worm who sunk into a hole. The other indication is that Sigard ( sometimes as Midgard and his worm) is shown in a 'pit' preparing to lunge a sword or spear in the worms heart this indicates a celestial positioning in order to sight Draconis (Draco) from below standard horizon view (to get a celestial degree or angle) to the heart of what was once a pole star at the center of the Draco Axis Mundi. We see once it was killed as found in the folklore on a many of Hills of St. Michael's all over Europe these images carved on megaliths often show this worm  vaguely indicated. The death of this serpent as Draconis constellation (i.e. drake for short) was the Sigard Celestial hero poised to over taking it i.e. Hercules-Bootes imposing figure deposing polar Draco. This may help to conclude that Atlantis met the beginning of its last end by the wielding of Hercules Pole ecliptic entering what was Draco's thus being deposed and the date of this was about 13,000-10,000 years ago. The story reveals that Draco for some reason set below the horizon with most of Atlantis. We could in pun conclude the 'Flying Serpent' was really 'Draco' who once flew like a 'buzzard' above the earth in the above horizon zenith as in the Northern Latitudes circumpolar. Yet near our modern equator 12,000 years ago it nearly appeared this way as well almost circumpolar. Thus we can conclude the pit is a celestial commentary of the pit in which the axis mundi turned and the scythe or sickle emerging out of the pit to kill Draco whereby south of Draco is the sickle constellation of Krone or Chronus an Atlantis king was barrowed by our Hercules-Sigard (Melkhart) and used to slay Draco out of its circumpolar position as well as the collapse of the worm and the land with it. 

As of yet I am the only person who has connected these folklore facts and therefore if printed in anything about my theory please give credit to what I have put forth in regard to this connection between Sigard and Fifnir as the Egyptian Lost Shipwreck Sailor, or The Island of the Serpent story in another variation as well as their archetypes with Gilgamesh stories, Sin Bad the Sailor, and the Argonautica discussions. First put forward by Webmaster D. Clarke as of Dec. 29th, 2003

Finally we see that the story is not recent and passed down as 2,200 BC story when the Nordic passed it down and discussed it into Sigard and a story about something that happened really 8,000-9,000 years before this Egyptian story of 2,200 BC. Last point the Atlantis story is beginning to reveal there was an original post flood narrative about the last flood which included culture beliefs and culture practices that appear to have been purposefully separated from the original story due to some of reluctance to other cultures to resurrect Atlantis taboos or interests since it did lead to social decays and abuses which seems to have given reasons for the cause of the flood and gave a reason for dismembering the Atlantean version of the story into a more acceptable children's tale, meaning that it must have been that gross, secretive, profane or repulsive (that is the original story) in complete form. Ironically, this story in Nordic Volusungs was a culture called the Guikings, or the Guiganes who are destroyed by Fifnirs worm curse note Gilgamesh=Guiganes? First put forward by Webmaster D. Clarke as of Dec. 29th, 2003

Quite amazing is it not tales can have internal folklore forms in them that are old? Below is the tale complements of one chapter posted at Berkley University medieval studies Department.




the Slaying of the Worm Fafnir

Now Sigurd and Regin ride up the heath along that same way wherein Fafnir was wont to creep when he fared to the water; and folk say that thirty fathoms was the height of that cliff along which he lay when he drank of the water below. Then Sigurd spake --

"How sayedst thou, Regin, that this drake was no greater than other lingworms; methinks the track of him is marvellous great?"

Then said Regin, "Make thee a hole, and sit down therein, and whenas the worm comes to the water, smite him into the heart, and so do him to death, and win thee great fame thereby."

But Sigurd said, "What will betide me if I be before the blood of the worm?"

Says Regin, "Of what avail to counsel thee if thou art still afeard of everything? Little art thou like thy kin in stoutness of heart."

Then Sigurd rides right over the heath; but Regin gets him gone, sore afeard.

But Sigurd fell to digging him a pit, and whiles he was at that work, there came to him an old man with a long beard, and asked what he wrought there, and he told him.

Then answered the old man and said, "Thou doest after sorry counsel: rather dig thee many pits, and let the blood run therein; but sit thee down in one thereof, and so thrust the worm's heart through."

And therewithal he vanished away; but Sigurd made the pits even as it was shown to him.

Now crept the worm down to his place of watering, and the earth shook all about him, and he snorted forth venom on all the way before him as he went; but Sigurd neither trembled nor was adrad at the roaring of him. So whenas the worm crept over the pits, Sigurd thrust his sword under his left shoulder, so that it sank in up to the hilts; then up leapt Sigurd from the pit and drew the sword back again unto him, and therewith was his arm all bloody, up to the very shoulder.

Now when that mighty worm was ware that he had his death-wound, then he lashed out head and tail, so that all things soever that were before him were broken to pieces.

So whenas Fafnir had his death-wound, he asked "Who art thou? And who is thy father? And what thy kin, that thou wert so hardy as to bear weapons against me?"

Sigurd answered, "Unknown to men is my kin. I am called a noble beast: neither father have I nor mother, and all alone have I fared hither."

Said Fafnir, "Whereas thou hast neither father nor mother, of what wonder weft thou born then? But now, though thou tellest me not thy name on this my death-day, yet thou knowest verily that thou liest unto me."

He answered, "Sigurd am I called, and my father was Sigmund."

Says Fafnir, "Who egged thee on to this deed, and why wouldst thou be driven to it? Hadst thou never heard how that all folk were adrad of me, and of the awe of my countenance? But an eager father thou hadst, O bright eyed swain!"

Sigurd answered, "A hardy heart urged me on hereto, and a strong hand and this sharp sword, which well thou knowest now, stood me in stead in the doing of the deed. `Seldom hath hardy eld a faint-heart youth.'"

Fafnir said, "Well, I wot that hadst thou waxed amid thy kin, thou mightest have good skill to slay folk in thine anger; but more of a marvel is it, that thou, a bondsman taken in war, shouldst have the heart to set on me, `for few among bondsmen have heart for the fight.'"

Said 8igurd, "Wilt thou then cast it in my teeth that I am far away from my kin? Albeit I was a bondsman, yet was I never shackled. God wot thou hast found me free enow."

Fafnir answered, "In angry wise dost thou take my speech; but hearken, for that same gold which I have owned shall be thy bane too."

Quoth Sigurd, "Fain would we keep all our wealth til that day of days; yet shall each man die once for all."

Said Fafnir, "Few things wilt thou do after my counsel, but take heed that thou shalt be drowned if thou farest unwarily over the sea; so bide thou rather on the dry land for the coming of the calm tide."

Then said Sigurd, "Speak, Fafnir, and say, if thou art so exceeding wise, who are the Norns who rule the lot of all mothers' sons."

Fafnir answers, "Many there be and wide apart; for some are of the kin of the Aesir, and some are of Elfin kin, and some there are who are daughters of Dvalin."

Said Sigurd, "How namest thou the holm whereon Surt  and the Aesir mix and mingle the water of the sword?"

"Unshapen is that holm hight," said Fafnir.

And yet again he said, "Regin, my brother, has brought about my end, and it gladdens my heart that thine too he bringeth about; for thus will things be according to his will."

And once again he spake, "A countenance of terror I bore up before all folk, after that I brooded over the heritage of my brother, and on every side did I spout out poison, so that none durst come anigh me, and of no weapon was I adrad, nor ever had I so many men before me, as that I deemed myself not stronger than all; for all men were sore afeard of me."

Sigurd answered and said, "Few may have victory by means of that same countenance of terror, for whoso comes amongst many shall one day find that no one man is by so far the mightiest of all."

Then says Fafnir, "Such counsel I give thee, that thou take thy horse and ride away at thy speediest, for ofttimes it fails out so, that he who gets a death-wound avenges himself none the less."

Sigurd answered, "Such as thy redes are I will nowise do after them; nay, I will ride now to thy lair and take to me that great treasure of thy kin."

"Ride there then," said Fafnir, "and thou shalt find gold enow to suffice thee for all thy life-days; yet shall that gold be thy bane, and the bane of every one soever who owns it."

Then up stood Sigurd, and said, "Home would I ride and lose all that wealth, if I deemed that by the losing thereof I should never die; but every brave and true man will fain have his hand on wealth till that last day that thou, Fafnir, wallow in the death-pain til Death and Hell have thee."

And therewithal Fafnir died.

tale complements of one chapter posted at Berkley University medieval studies Department.


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