Band Name Origin

Band Name Origin Wednesday: Týr

Posted by JDKleinhans on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 10:17 PM (PST)

Ever wonder where some bands come up with their band names?  Well, we do, and we’re sick of sitting around scratching our heads about it and we bet a lot of you Metal Rioters are sick of doing the same damn thing. So, we’re pulling our sleuth gear out to bring these heavy metal mysteries into the light and every Wednesday we’ll be pulling the curtain back to bring you sweet revelation.

From the the secluded Faroe Islands situated between the Norwegian Sea and the Atlantic Ocean comes the epic folk sound of Týr, a sound unlike any ever heard. Revelation from whence and where they come awaits you here.

The one-handed god of single combat. Norse god of victory and heroic glory. Son of Odin, as written in the Prose Edda (or Hymir in the Poetic Edda). Týr, a god of great wisdom and courage, sacrificed his right hand to bound the Fenrir, the monstrous wolf and son of Loki.

The gods wished to chain this savage beast but he had broken every chain they used to contain him. The dwarves were commissioned to forge an unbreakable chain and thus Gleipnir was born. This thin magical ribbon of silk, stronger than any chain, was made of six wondrously impossible ingredients: the sound of a cat’s footfall, the beard of a woman, the roots of a mountain, the sinews of a bear, the breath of a fish, the spittle of a bird and is said to be the reason why none of these exist.

But Fenrir sensed the deceitful ways of the gods and refused to be bound again unless one of them put their hand in his mouth. Týr, the only god willing to step forward to do so, lost his hand when Fenrir realized he could not or would not be freed and closed his fangs upon Týr’s hand. Gleipnir will hold until Ragnarök, when he will break and Fenrir will devour Odin. Because of the mighty deed, Týr is called the “Leavings of the Wolf”; which is to be understood as a poetic kenning for glory.

According to the Prose version of Ragnarök, Tyr is destined to kill and be killed by Garm, the guard dog of Hel. However, in the two poetic versions of Ragnarök, he goes unmentioned; unless one believes that he is the “Mighty One”.


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