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Narfi, called also Narvi or Narve, is a son of the Norse deity Loki and the goddess Sigyn, and brother to Vali.

The name Narfi is also given among giants, including frost and fire giants.[1]

History[]

Ragnarok[]

Before the final battle at Ragnarok, Narfi's father Loki becomes increasingly evil and malicious. To punish Loki for causing the death of Balder, Odin turns his son Vali into a wolf and sets him upon Narfi, whose entrails he uses to bind Loki in a cave.[2]

Publication history[]

Original D&D[]

Narfi is first mentioned in Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes (1976), p.29, under the spelling Narve. His mother is Sigyn, and his brother is Vali.

D&D 3rd edition[]

Narfi's death is described in in Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.167-169.

Creative origins[]

Narfi appears in Norse myth. He is also given the name Nari, and there is some confusion in the Old Norse sources as to whether he or his brother Vali is the one turned into a wolf.

According to the ending to the poem Lokasenna in the Poetic Edda, it is instead Narfi who is turned into a wolf, and Vali whose guts are used to bind Loki. According to the Codex Regius manuscript, it is Nari whose guts are used, and Narfi who becomes a wolf.[3]

In the Prose Edda, it is Vali who is turned into a wolf, and Narfi (also called Nari) whose guts are used to bind Loki.[4] The author mentions an apparently unrelated giant, named Nörfi or Narfi, who is the father of the giantess named Night.

References[]

  1. Against the Giants: The Liberation of Geoff (1999), p.91.
  2. Deities and Demigods (3e) (2002), p.183.
  3. "Hann var bundinn með þörmum sonar síns, Vála, en Narfi, sonr hans, varð at vargi." "He was bound with the guts of his son Váli, but his son Narfi became a wolf." Lokasenna, Prose Edda.
  4. "Then were taken Loki's sons, Vili and Nari or Narfi; the Æsir changed Váli into the form of a wolf, and he tore asunder Narfi his brother." Gylfaginning, Prose Edda.
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