In Norse mythology, Fáfnir (Old Norse and Icelandic) or Frænir was a son of the dwarf king Hreidmar and brother of Regin and Ótr. In the Volsunga saga, Fáfnir was a dwarf gifted with a powerful arm and fearless soul. He guarded his father's house of glittering gold and flashing gems. He was the strongest and most aggressive of the three brothers.
After Ótr was killed by Loki, Hreidmar received the cursed gold of Andvari's as repayment for the loss of his son. Fáfnir and Regin then killed their father to get the gold, but Fáfnir decided he wanted it all, turning into a dragon (symbol of greed). Regin then sent his foster-son, Sigurd, to kill the dragon. Sigurd succeeded by digging a pit under the trail Fáfnir used to walk to a stream and plunging his sword Gram into his heart as he walked past. Regin, however, corrupted by the curse on Andvari's gold, planned to kill Sigurd to take the treasure for himself, but Sigurd, having eaten part of Fáfnir's cooked heart, was warned by birds of Regin's attack and ended up killing him.
US Patent Issued to Fafnir on Nov. 9 for "Method for Determining the Gas Volume Flow in Gas Recirculation at a Filling Station" (German Inventor)
Nov 10, 2010; ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- United States Patent no. 7,831,399, issued on Nov. 9, was assigned to Fafnir GmbH (Hamburg,...
WIPO ASSIGNS PATENT TO FAFNIR FOR "METHOD FOR MONITORING THE QUALITY OF A FUEL COMPRISING ALCOHOL IN A STORAGE TANK" (GERMAN INVENTORS)
Oct 07, 2010; GENEVA, Oct. 7 -- Publication No. WO/2010/031453 was published on March 25. Title of the invention: "METHOD FOR MONITORING THE...