Sigmund being presented with the sword

Sigmund was a figure in Norse mythology, the son of Völsung, husband of Hjördís, and father of Sigurd.

Possibly in the late 6th century, a being claiming to be the Norse god Odin, disguised as a beggar, plunged a Sword into a tree called Barnstokkr, stating that whomever was able to pull it free would receive it as a gift. Only the warrior Sigmund proved able to do so, and subsequently claimed the Sword as his own.

According to legend, his son Sigurd would later on use his father´s sword to slay the dragon Fafnir.


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