Tyr & Fenrir

Tyr & Fenrir

Tyr & Fenrir - History

Tyr was the Norse god of war, a brave warrior and member of the Aesir tribe, he championed order and justice. The namesake of Tuesday, he lost his arm to Loki's ferocious offspring Fenrir, the giant wolf.

The one-armed god of the Norse pantheon, Tyr was a member of the Aesir tribe who represented war and bloodshed. Somewhat paradoxically, he was also known as a bringer of justice and order. Tyr’s contradictory nature stems largely from a lack of information about him. Mentioned only sparingly in the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, the works that form the backbone of Norse mythology, Tyr was best known for wrestling the monstrous hound Fenrir and losing his arm in the process.

Often associated with Norse mythology, Tyr actually originated as a Germanic deity during the early centuries of the common era. While he was a powerful figure in Germanic religion, by the Viking era (800–1100 CE) his importance had waned. His former prominence among the Germanic peoples and the Norse, however, was attested by the use of his name for the letter “T” of the runic alphabet, as well as for the word Tuesday, which meant “Tyr’s day.”

Tyr & Fenrir - History

Tyr was one of the Aesir, brother to Thor and Balder. He sacrificed his hand to Fenrir in order for his brethren to bind him with Gleipnir. His wife Zisa, a mortal, was killed before the Ragnarok. He knew from Heimdall that he was fated to kill and be killed byGarmr, the guard-dog of Heljya, but when the Ragnarok came he slew the dog and was uninjured. This filled Tyr with insurmountable grief and guilt. Why should he avoid the preordained fates that each of his brothers and sisters succumbed to? He roamed the multiverse with a band of Deva after the Ragnarok, unable to stand being in Ysgard without his family. One of his many quests involved a rogue named Conner who became his avatar briefly and who Tyr taught the values of Justice. Later Tyr found himself in the plane of Faerun where their gods were being put on trial by the leader of the plane, Ao, the Overgod. Tyr protested the verdict, which punished all the gods on the plane for the actions of Bane, a mortal who had recently ascended to godhood. Tyr had his eyes plucked out by Ao in retaliation. Touched by his fierce sense of justice, the Gods Ilmater and Torm took a liking to him, inviting him to rule with them in their elemental plane, which became known as the House of the Triad. After the crisis with Kezef the Chaos Hound, Tyr returned to Ysgard to retrieve the Gleipnir once more. When he came back to his mountain home he regaled his new allies with the stories of his old ones, of his family and their adventures. One of the members of his court was in actuality the shape-shifted form of Cyric, who became very interested and obsessed with the tales of Loki. Tyr’s tale of Fenrir became associated wrongly with Kezef and his followers grew even greater when the Deva and his clerics began to spread these tales of his past greatness. With his newfound celebrity among these young Gods the love goddess Sune encouraged a relationship between Tyr and Tymora, the Goddess of Luck. Helm, the watchman of the Triad, was their chaperone until Cyric, still acting as one of Tyr’s court, poisoned Tyr against him, filling his mind with insane jealousy. Tyr slew Helm in a rage. When Tyr’s mind finally became clear he was horrified and abdicated his throne and gave up his Godhood and immortality. His best student and master of the nearby mountain of Celestia, Bahamut the Platinum Dragon, would fill his place as judge of the Triad. As a mortal, Tyr journeyed to the Abyss where he fought wave after wave of demons alone. When he finally fell he awoke in Valhalla, his eyes returned to him. After earning a glorious death he finally felt worthy and he stayed in Ysgard with his remaining family.

Returned to Ysgard, Tyr and his general Militiades are amassing an army for the purpose of rebuilding Valhalla to its former glory.

Dogma of Tyr [ edit | edit source ]

One must respect fallen enemies, never make sacrifice of a corpse, and always obey the laws of the righteous.

Devotional Service – Tyr & Fenris

These services are done at Sacred Journey Fellowship, an Earth-centered Unitarian Universalist Church located at 1215 Main St. Garland, TX 75040.
I am not a registered holy person (godhi/priest/etc.). I am a layman conducting services and rituals in a Heathen format alongside Pagans, Eclectic Witches, Druids, and other religions that might be major and might be minor.
I claim no authority in my religion or in the history of my religion. I am merely a Seeker. You have your Path, and I have mine. May the gods be with you on yours.

October 14, 2015 Service

Tyr & Fenris – Storytime

Hail Tyr, honorable one. When we face a tough decision, you are there, showing us the way that will bring us honor, the way that is right and unselfish. Welcome Tyr.

Hail Fenrir, the swallower of the All-Father. When the end times arrive, you will meet Odin on the battlefield and defeat him, ushering in a new era for mankind. Welcome, Fenrir.

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone, there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” -Frank Herbert

Once upon a time there was a man named Loki. Loki lived in a place called Asgard, where the gods resided, but he was not a god. He was a half-giant in fact, and giants were the enemies of the gods. He’d made a friend of Odin, one of the gods though, so they allowed him to be with them.

Loki had a wife named Agrabodhi. She was a giant, called the witch of the Ironwood Forest. Together, they had three children: one called Jormungandr who twines around the sea, eating his own tail and one called Hel who rules over the world of the dead. There was a third called Fenris, and he was a wolf, but just a pup at this time.

All of Loki’s children were considered to be trouble, mostly because of their father. Odin, worried about the children and the prophecies already surrounding them, asked that the children be brought to him. Specifically, he choose to allow Fenrir to reside in Asgard, the home of the gods, with them.

To Tyr was given the task of feeding and caring for Fenrir. Tyr was the god of the Thing, the Norse meeting of law and rule. His domains were justice in the sense of the greater good of the community. Tyr agreed to watch over Fenrir while he lived in Asgard.

Fenrir was growing though, bigger and meaner every day, until Tyr was the only one who would be around Fenrir. As he grew bigger, the prophecy surrounding him the gods of Asgard became worried. For it was said of the wolf Fenrir: [one shall come] that shall be mightiest of all, he that is named Moon-Hound he shall be filled with the flesh of all those men that die, and he shall swallow the moon, and sprinkle with blood the heavens and all the lair thereof-shall the sun lose her shining, and the winds in that day shall be unquiet and roar on every side.

Finally the gods grew afraid enough of the wolf that they concocted an elaborate plan to bind him with magical items to an island. They brought him to the island and told him of this wonderful rope they’d found that could hold even him. Fenrir boasted that he could break any bindings, and twice he did just that. It was only on the third try, when they presented with a rope of magick, that Fenrir became suspicious and refused to do it unless Tyr put his sword arm into his mouth. If the gods betrayed him and didn’t release him if he couldn’t break the binding, he would take Tyr’s hand.

Tyr agreed, and of course this binding was unbreakable. Fenrir strained against the magickal rope, but he could not break it. True to his word, Tyr kept his hand in Fenrir’s mouth, and Fenrir bit it off. In these times, the loss of the hand on the sword arm was serious, but still, Tyr showed his honor, which he is known for to this day.

Fenrir is bound to the island, a sword through his mouth to keep him from harming anyone else, though they will not kill him because the island they bound him to is sacred. On the days of Ragnarok, Fenrir’s bindings will be broken. He and Odin will come to blows, and Fenrir will kill Odin.


This was a rather short service. I had people grab a rune from the ones turned face-down on a plate and gave them an interpretation of it.

This was my first service, but I already knew it lacked a lot. I did it rather hurriedly and put the barest of Heathen elements in it. I had a lot of research and soul-searching ahead of me.

I think I was still worried about the reception of a Heathen ritual into a mostly Pagan community. Not that there should be a difference between Heathen and Pagan since one is a subset of the other.

The story of Tyr and Fenris is rather personal to me. Most media shows Tyr not being friendly to Fenris, but I took a different picture away from the stories of the two. Tyr was the only one not afraid of Fenris. He fed him as a pup, and most of us understand that puppies are rather cute and playful.

I can imagine that Fenris was much like a person today having a wolf or wolf-dog as a pet. At first, it’s all cuteness and newness, and then the pup starts to grow into a wolf. They have a wolf’s thoughts and ideas and concepts, which are actually quite different than a dog’s.

Odin had two wolves, this is true. But in the case of a wolf like Fenris, with origins that resonated in more chaotic terms, I imagine that Fenris was to wolves as Odin’s wolves were to dogs. Fenris was just more wild, and it was beginning to show.

Yet still, I find it so intriguing that Tyr was the one to bond of this wild, chaotic beast that was Fenris.

Could Fenris speak? He was Loki and Agrabodhi’s son. Did he and Tyr speak of the necessity of the Norse system of law and fealty. Did they debate over it, since Tyr was more a god of order and Fenris more a god of disorder? Did they actually enjoy their debates?

In the end, was Tyr actually upset about the loss of his hand? He was an honorable god. Fenris didn’t trust the other gods. He trusted Tyr to keep his word, and he presumed that his sword arm was worth more than keeping him tied up until Ragnarok.

He betted wrong on that count, but he didn’t bet wrong that Tyr would keep his word.

Is it any wonder he gets free and doesn’t go after Tyr?

No, I imagine even as enemies on the battlefield of Ragnarok to come, Fenris and Tyr will both have a healthy respect for each other, and remember their friendship with fondness…and perhaps a bit of sorrow?

Fenrir is one of the Four robots in the Ragnarok Squad, the others being the Tyr, Loki, and Fafnir. Fenrir's ability is called Shapeshift, and features two modes: Assault Mode and Tank Mode. In Assault Mode the Fenrir gains a speed boost and Aegis-class shield, however, its heavy weapon folds back and cannot be fired. In Tank Mode the Fenrir loses the Aegis shield and speed boost and deploys the heavy weapon and receives 50% damage resistance to all weapon types (except for defense mitigation weapons). While in this mode the Aegis shield regenerates its lost durability at 4.5% of its capacity per second, and must regenerate to 15,000 capacity (regardless of level) in order for the shield to be usable.

With the Bernadette Legendary Pilot the Fenrir is a tank that can brawl quite well. Without the pilot, the Fenrir is good for flanking, then selectively engaging targets. It is built for short periods of intense brawling after chipping away at enemies from mid-range. In a one-vs-one engagement the Fenrir excels with its very impressive survivability due to its high health and two ability modes offering different forms of protection.

It can use its Assault Mode with increased speed to flank opponents while making use of its Aegis shield, switching to Tank Mode if the shield is depleted or if the Fenrir engages an opponent. While in Tank Mode the Fenrir deploys all weapons and gains 50% damage resistance, allowing it to tank damage and brawl at close range. While in Tank Mode the Aegis shield regenerates allowing the Fenrir to retreat to safety or provide momentary protection from incoming damage. The primary purpose of the Aegis shield is for extra survivability when moving, not for sustained brawling, due to its low shield health. When fighting, the vast majority of time you should be in Tank Mode and close to cover. It is recommended to only rely on the Aegis shield to stop damage when the incoming fire is low DPS or when a burst of splash weapons is depleted (such as a Tulumbas or a Cryo).

The Fenrir is one of six robots (Blitz, Bulwark, Cerberus, Jaeger and Typhon are the others) to be mounted with a special Aegis-class shield that blocks all weapon damage. The Fenrir is great at flanking and close-range engagement, and if equipped with the right weapons, it can dominate at mid-range. Fenrir is a powerful threat in the higher leagues.

Tyr was strong-spirited and noble. Ζ] He was considered the bravest and the most honorable of all the Aesir of the Norse pantheon. ⎖] ⎭] He was primarily concerned with the punishment of wrong-doers and the general furthering of law and good in the world. ΐ] Ε] Tyr hated duplicity, trickery, rule-breaking, and wanton destruction. Ε] He likewise hated lies and the breaking of oaths and was disgusted by persons who earned from such things. ⎖] For his own part, he never would break a promise. ⎖]

Tyr urged the establishment of moral and ethical codes for sentient beings in all lands. Η]

Tyr was a fair judge, ⎖] but he was hard to understand to those outside his faith, Ε] as they more readily perceived him as a stern and rigid punisher. Ε] Η] On the other hand, he was seen as a brave father-figure to his followers. In truth, he was well aware that a lawful utopia would never be possible in the imperfect Material Plane, yet this did not stop him from trying to make the world a better place for his mortal followers. Ε] Ζ] Η] He wanted his followers to see themselves as a "perfect family", not made of perfect individuals but rather of members who tried and wanted to be perfect, who acted out of trust, courage, and love toward each other. Ε] His knowledge that such a dream would never be achieved among the mortal realm filled him with genuine sadness. Ε] Η]

Tyr was at first more willing than many other gods to manifest in some form or other to his followers, because of his fierce feelings of fatherly protection toward them. Ε] By the late 14 th century DR, however, Tyr had tired of appearing in the Realms and began limiting his appearances to cases with important repercussions that were not obvious to mortals. Η]

Besides his avatar, Tyr might send an intelligent war dog as a representative, or he might use a resounding gong, a choir of male voices, or a floating warhammer to express his will. Ε] ⎩] The colors blue, white, and purple were considered sacred to his followers. ⎩]

Tyr: Norse One-Armed God Symbolism And History

Tyr was a part of the Aesir tribe. He was ofter represented as the one-armed god of the Norse Pantheon, who symbolizes war and bloodshed. Rather paradoxically, he was also considered to be a spreader of justice and order. Tyr’s opposing nature originates mainly from a lack of information about him. There is only a little information about him in the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, works that are recognized as the main source of the Norse mythology, Tyr, most famous for wrestling the hideous hound Fenrir and losing his arm in the process.

Frequently related to Norse mythology, Tyr, originated as a Germanic deity during the early centuries of the Common Era. While he was an influential figure in Germanic religion, by the Viking era (800–1100 CE), his significance had waned. His previous importance among the Germanic peoples and the Norse, however, was attested by the use of his name for the letter “T” of the runic alphabet, as well as for the word Tuesday, which meant “Tyr’s day.”

The meaning of the name “Tyr” is “a god” or even “the god,” that comes from the Proto Indo-European *dyeus-, by way of the Proto-Germanic *Tiwaz, meaning “god or deity.” This is the same root used in the names of Zeus, popularly known as the king of the Greek deities, and Jupiter, considered as the king of the Roman gods. Because this word was only given to the most influential of deities, scholars have speculated that Tyr once had such a position. However, by the time the first Norse epics were recorded, Tyr’s significance had declined considerably.

Tyr was not only a brave warrior, but he was also a trustworthy source of knowledge and a champion of righteousness. These descriptions, admittedly, relied on brief mentions of the god in the Norse epics. The most detailed portrayal of the god comes from the Gylfaginning, a book of the Prose Edda written by the thirteenth-century Icelandic scholar Snorri Sturluson.

Tyr’s most prominent quality was his missing right hand (or arm), usually depicted as being severed at the wrist or forearm. Fenrir had devoured this missing limb, the ravenous giant wolf sired by Loki and the jötunn Angrboda. Fenrir would later play an essential role in Ragnarök.

According to the records, Tyr was either the son of Odin, the “All-Father” and king of gods, or Hymir, a giant from a dark section of the Poetic Edda named the Hymiskvitha (the “Lay of Hymir”). While the latter text omitted mention of Tyr’s mother, it identified his grandmother as a woman with nine hundred heads.

Most scholars have come to the agreement that Odin was Tyr’s true father. As Sturluson wrote in the Skáldskaparmál: “‘How should one periphrase Týr? By calling him the One-handed God and Fosterer of the Wolf, God of Battles, Son of Odin.’

As a result of being Odin’s son, Tyr was a half-sibling to the chief members of the Aesir tribe. Tyr’s half-siblings included some of the most important figures in Norse mythology, including Thor, Baldur, Váli, and Vidarr, as well as Heimdall, Hermod, Bragi, and Hodr.

Powers & Duties

With the development of the Viking Age, Tyr’s significance was eclipsed by Thor and Odin. In the Old Norse age, characteristics of men, such as honor, justice, law, and oath-keeping, were important. But, as Vikings emerged, battle characteristics become more important thus, Thor and Odin were pushed to the forefront of the Pantheon, even though Tyr was quite the warrior, too.

The most famous story about Tyr includes the binding of Loki’s demon-spawn, the wolf monster, Fenrir. This monstrous son of Loki’s spread terror in both Asgard and Midgard. Twice, the gods wanted to bind Fenrir but failed both times, after which they asked the dwarfs for assist. The dwarfs crafted a chain named Gleipnir, which appeared to be fragile to be of any use, but it was made of six supernatural ingredients. It was believed that after these ingredients were used in the making of Gleipnir, they all disappeared and were not part of the world anymore. Fenrir did not believe that the gods will be able to tie him, and due to that, he asked one of them to put their hand in his mouth. The only brave one to do that was Tyr. Once he was tied up with the Gleipnir, Fenrir fought against it to free himself, and during the process, he bit off Tyr’s left hand. All the other gods cheered and were happy with the fact that he was lastly tied, apart from Tyr. Fenrir was tied to a mountain and stayed tied, but once Ragnarok took place, Loki let him free, and as revenge, he ingested the whole Odin.

Norse Mythology for Smart People

Tyr (pronounced like the English word “tier” Old Norse Týr, Old English Tiw, Old High German *Ziu, Gothic Tyz, Proto-Germanic *Tiwaz, “god” [1] [2] ) is a Norse war god, but also the god who, more than any other, presides over matters of law and justice. His role in the surviving Viking Age myths is relatively slight, and his status in the later part of the Viking Age may have been correspondingly minor. But this wasn’t always the case. Other kinds of evidence show us that Tyr was once one of the most important gods to the Norse and other Germanic peoples.

War, Law, and Justice

Tyr’s role as one of the principal war gods of the Norse, along with Odin and Thor, is well-attested in sources from the Viking Age and earlier. For example, in the Sigrdrífumál, one of the poems in the Poetic Edda, the valkyrie Sigrdrifa instructs the human hero Sigurd to invoke Tyr for victory in battle. [3] Another Eddic poem, the Lokasenna, corroborates this picture by having Loki insult Tyr by saying that he could only stir people to strife, and could never reconcile them. [4]

Some centuries earlier, the Romans identified Tyr with Mars, their own principal war god. This connection survives in the modern English “Tuesday,” from Old English “Day of Tiw (Tyr)” (Tiwesdæg), which was in turn based on the Latin Dies Martis, “Day of Mars.” [5] (The Romans’ identification of Tyr with Mars also reinforces the point that he was quite a significant god otherwise they surely wouldn’t have identified him with one of their own major gods.)

But Tyr is far from only a war god. In fact, his primary role seems to be that of an upholder of law and justice. Those Roman inscriptions to him as “Mars,” for example, sometimes invoke him as Mars Thincsus – that is, Mars of the Þing, the ancient Germanic legal assembly. [6]

But the most compelling evidence for Tyr’s role as divine jurist – and a heroic one at that – comes from the tale of The Binding of Fenrir, the only surviving myth to feature Tyr prominently. The dreadful wolf Fenrir was only a pup, but he was growing quickly. The gods feared for their lives, so they endeavored to tie up Fenrir in fetters from which he couldn’t escape. When Fenrir laid eyes on the chain that would eventually bind him, he was suspicious, and declared that he would only allow the gods to put it around him if one of them would stick an arm in his mouth as a pledge of good faith. Only Tyr was willing to do so. When the wolf found himself unable to break free, he bit off Tyr’s arm.

In the words of the esteemed scholar of comparative religion Georges Dumézil, Tyr, “with his sacrifice… not only procures the salvation of the gods but also regularizes it: he renders legal that which, without him, would have been pure fraud.” [7] In the same way that Odin showed himself to be the foremost god of wisdom by sacrificing one of his eyes in its pursuit, so Tyr showed himself to be the foremost god of law by sacrificing one of his arms to uphold it. The disfigurements of both gods are parallel, and demonstrate something essential about their characters. [8]

But why would the foremost god of law and justice also be one of the principal war gods? Isn’t there a tension here between two realms of life that are either unrelated or even antithetical to each other?

For the ancient Germanic peoples, war and law were profoundly related to each other – even indissolubly intertwined. In the words of philologist Jan de Vries,

It should be noted that, from the Germanic point of view, there is no contradiction between the concepts ‘god of War’ and ‘god of Law.’ War is in fact not only the bloody mingling of combat, but no less a decision obtained between the two combatants and secured by precise rules of law. That is why the day and place of battle are frequently fixed in advance… So is explained, also, how combat between two armies can be replaced by a legal duel, in which the gods grant victory to the party whose right they recognize. Words like Schwertding [“the meeting of swords,” a kenning for battle], or Old Norse vápndómr [“judgment of arms”] are not poetic figures, but correspond exactly to ancient practice. [9]

Furthermore, the law could be used to gain victory over an opponent just like war could, which made the legal assembly a metaphorical battle. [10]

The Norse/Germanic war gods can be distinguished by – among other things – the fact that each are connected to a particular aspect of war. Thor, for example, is involved in the brute physical combat Odin in the magical and psychological forces at work and Tyr in the legal decisions and principles of justice surrounding war.

Tyr’s Proto-Indo-European Predecessor

Before the Germanic peoples had become a distinct branch of the Indo-European family tree, they worshiped the god *Dyeus, who would later evolve into Tyr as the Germanic religion became more and more distinct from the general Proto-Indo-European religion. (See the article on the Indo-Europeans if you don’t know what the terms “Indo-European” and “Proto-Indo-European” mean.)

Both the name *Dyeus and the basic Proto-Indo-European word for “god,” *deiwós, are variations of the root *dyeu-, “the daytime sky.” [11] *Dyeus was the quintessential “Sky Father” and likely one of the chief deities of the Proto-Indo-European pantheon. After all, his name was effectively identical with the word for godhood itself. Other gods derived from him include the Greek Zeus and the Roman Jupiter (from *Dyeus Phater, “Sky Father”). [12] Fascinatingly, the modern English words “day” and “deity” both come from this same root.

The use of closely-related words to denote both the name of *Dyeus and “god” more generally not only survived into the Viking Age, but was taken a step further. As noted above, Tyr’s name is identical with the Old Norse word for “god,” and the use of the common noun týr can be found in contexts that have nothing to do with Tyr with a capital “T.” For example, one of Odin’s bynames is Hangatýr, “God of the Hanged.” [13]

As with Tyr, one of *Dyeus‘s roles was that of a guarantor of justice, one before whom oaths were sworn. [14]

While there’s little to nothing in the Germanic sources that specifically links Tyr to the daytime sky, a tantalizing clue that such a connection may once have existed comes from the shape and name of the rune used to write the letter “T.” The runes’ shapes and names were thought to symbolize particular cosmic forces. The T-rune’s name was “Tyr” (or, in earlier times, *Tiwaz, Tyr’s older name). The rune has the shape of an arrow, which is probably connected to Tyr’s role as a war god. But the arrow is pointing upward, as if toward the sky. Could this indicate a now-forgotten role for Tyr as a sky god, in the same manner as *Dyeus?

In any case, it’s clear that Tyr’s humble place in recorded Viking Age mythology hardly reflects the high esteem in which he was once held. Indeed, at one point, he, or at least his predecessor, was as indispensable as daylight in the minds and hearts of his worshipers.

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[1] de Vries, Jan. 2000. Altnordisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch. p. 603.

[2] Orel, Vladimir. 2003. A Handbook of Germanic Etymology. p. 408.

[3] The Poetic Edda. Sigrdrífumál, stanza 6.

[4] The Poetic Edda. Lokasenna, stanza 38.

[5] Turville-Petre, E.O.G. 1964. Myth and Religion of the North: The Religion of Ancient Scandinavia. p. 181.

[6] Dumézil, Georges. 1988. Mitra-Varuna: An Essay on Two Indo-European Representations of Sovereignty. Translated by Derek Coltman. p. 125-126.

Dumézil, Georges. 1973. Gods of the Ancient Northmen. Edited by Einar Haugen. p. 44.

Tyr & Fenrir - History





Once Fenrir was bound, the wolf bit off Tyr’s right hand. The Gods all laughed, except for Tyr. Despite the loss of his hand, Tyr did not complain. He never does.

Tyr may once have been leader of the Æsir before the All-Father rose to prominence, but he does not speak of it, nor does he seem concerned by his loss of limb or station. All of Tyr’s Incarnations are without a right hand, for he never accepts a prosthesis. Tyr is a strong, capable man, short and sturdy with fierce eyes, salt-and-pepper hair, and an unfaltering smirk. He can be found in a veterinarian’s office wrangling down the most temperamental animals, blogging about
national security issues, as a court judge in the military, or climbing telephone poles one-handed.

He believes in courage, and accepts no cowardice or weakness as an excuse. A warrior with fierce stamina, he does not tolerate the breaking of oaths or commitments, no matter the reason — for he does not swear oaths casually, and he is a careful observer of what is good and just in
the long run.

His Scions would not dare be late to anything to which they have committed themselves, and are frequently as invested in justice as he. He implores them to never back down in dangerous situations, despite all odds, and to remain as brave and unflinching a warrior as he. They will find that Tyr only steps in if it is dangerous enough for him to feel threatened, for true bravery can only be demonstrated when one is endangered and afraid.

Scholarly reception

Due in part to the etymology of the god's name, scholars propose that Týr once held a far more significant role in Germanic mythology than the scant references to the deity indicate in the Old Norse record. Some scholars propose that the prominent god Odin may have risen to prominence over Týr in prehistory, at times absorbing elements of the deity's domains. For example, according to scholar Hermann Reichert, due to the etymology of the god's name and its transparent meaning of "the god", "Odin . must have dislodged Týr from his pre-eminent position. The fact that Tacitus names two divinities to whom the enemy's army was consecrated . may signify their co-existence around 1 A.D."

The Sigrdrífumál passage above has resulted in some discourse among runologists. For example, regarding the passage, runologists Mindy MacLeod and Bernard Mees say:

Similar descriptions of runes written on swords for magical purposes are known from other Old Norse and Old English literary sources, though not in what seem to be religious contexts. In fact very few swords from the middle ages are engraved with runes, and those that are tend to carry rather prosaic maker's formulas rather than identifiable 'runes of victory'. The call to invoke Tyr here is often thought to have something to do with t-runes, rather than Tyr himself, given that this rune shares his name. In view of Tyr's martial role in Norse myth, however, this line seems simply to be a straightforward religious invocation with 'twice' alliterating with 'Tyr'.

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