Regin Fafnirsbruder
Mime (Reginn) by Arthur Rackham.
Fictional Character
First Appearance: Norse/German Mythology
Turtledove Appearance: "The Catcher in the Rhine"
Race: Dwarf
Cause of Death: Decapitation (original story)
Alive at end of Turtledove story
Parents: Hreiðmarr (father)
Children: Siegfried (foster son)
Relatives: Fafnir (brother)

Regin Fanirsbruder was a dwarf in Germanic myth. He was the foster father of Siegfried and the brother of Fafnir. Fafnir and Regin killed their father, Hreidmar for the cursed gold he had received from the gods. Fafnir, however, turned into a dragon because he wanted to keep all of the gold and drove Regin away from the gold. Regin lived among men, teaching them how to sow, reap, work metals, sail seas, tame horses, yoke beasts of burden, build houses, spin, weave, and sew.

Regin Fafnirsbruder in "The Catcher in the Rhine"Edit

Regin Fafnirsbruder learned certain magics, including how to transport himself and others through time. Travelling to the 20th century, Regin found a young American tourist whose name sounded like Hagen Kriemheld in the German town of Isenstein. The young man, unfamiliar with Norse and German mythology, did not understand why Regin insisted on calling him by an incorrect name. Against the young man's will, Regin transported him back into the past, and sent him to waken Brunhild, a Valkyrie who slumbered under a curse. It was Regin's hope to disrupt Brunhild's relationship with Siegfried. When Brunhild realized what Regin intended, she attempted to kill him, but he teleported away. He left without taking the American back to his own time.[1]


  1. See, e.g., Atlantis and Other Places, pgs. 126-139, HC.

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