The excellent graphic above is taken from the Byzantine Sacred Art Blog. This is one of the finest EU-related images that I have ever seen — hats off to Svetlana!
It put me in mind of Fáfnir.
According to the Volsunga Saga, Fáfnir and Regin were two of the sons of the dwarf king Hreidmar. The two brothers plotted to kill their father and steal his vast hoard of treasure.
After the deed was done, Fáfnir decided that he wanted the treasure all to himself. He sat on top of the gold and turned himself into a dragon so that he could guard his treasure night and day.
As it happens, Fáfnir the dragon came to an untimely end at the hands of Sigurd…
It’s very satisfying to find allegories of current events in poetry and myth.
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The myth of Fáfnir is the source of the common archetypal image of a dragon squatting atop a pile of gold and jewels. It’s instructive to note that in this case the treasure guarded by EU-Fáfnir has turned into a skull.
All that gold squandered for the sake of Eurabia!
But who will play the part of Sigurd in the climax to the modern version of this allegory?
Who will put a sword into the heart of the dragon?
Hat tip: Henrik.