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Fafnir

In Norse mythology, Fáfnir or Frænir is a son of the dwarf king Hreidmar and brother of Regin, Ótr, Lyngheiðr and Lofnheiðr. After being affected by the curse of Andvari's ring and gold, Fafnir became a dragon and was slain by Sigurd. In the Icelandic Volsunga Saga, Fáfnir is a dwarf with a powerful arm and fearless soul, he guards his father's house of flashing gems. He is the most aggressive of the three brothers. Regin recounts to Sigurd how Odin, Hœnir were traveling when they came across Ótr, who had the likeness of an otter during the day. Loki killed the otter with the three Æsir skinned their catch; the gods were pleased to show off the otter's skin. Hreidmar and his remaining two sons seized the gods and held them captive while Loki was made to gather the ransom, to stuff the otter's skin with gold and cover its outside with red gold. Loki fulfilled the task by gathering the cursed gold of Andvari as well as the ring, both of which were told to Loki as items that would bring about the death of whoever possessed them.

Fáfnir killed Hreidmar to get all the gold for himself. He became greedy and ventured into the wilderness to keep his fortune, he turned into a dragon in order to guard his treasure. Fáfnir breathed poison into the land around him so no one would go near him and his treasure, wreaking terror in the hearts of the people. Regin plotted revenge so that he could get the treasure and sent his foster-son Sigurd to kill the dragon. Regin instructed Sigurd to dig a pit in which he could lie in wait under the trail Fáfnir used to get to a stream and there plunge his sword, into Fafnir's heart as he crawls over the pit to the water. Regin ran away in fear, leaving Sigurd to the task; as Sigurd dug, Odin appeared in the form of an old man with a long beard, advising the warrior to dig more trenches for the blood of Fafnir to run into so that Sigurd does not drown in the blood. The earth quaked and the ground nearby shook as Fafnir appeared, blowing poison into his path as he made his way to the stream. Sigurd, stabbed Fafnir in the left shoulder as he crawled over the ditch he was lying in and succeeded in mortally wounding the dragon.

As the creature lay there dying, he spoke to Sigurd and asked for his name, his parentage and who sent him on such a dangerous mission. Fafnir figured out that his own brother, plotted this, predicted that Regin would cause Sigurd's death. Sigurd told Fafnir that he would take all his treasure. Fafnir warned Sigurd that all who possessed the gold would be fated to die, but Sigurd replied that all men must one day die anyway, it is the dream of many men to be wealthy until that dying day, so he would take the gold without fear. Regin returned to Sigurd after Fafnir was slain. Corrupted by greed, Regin planned to kill Sigurd after Sigurd cook Fafnir's heart for him to eat, take all the treasure for himself. However, having tasted Fafnir's blood while cooking the heart, gained knowledge of the speech of birds and learned of Regin's impending attack from the Oðinnic birds' discussion and killed Regin by cutting off his head with Gram. Sigurd ate some of Fafnir's heart and kept the remainder, which would be given to Gudrun after their marriage.

Some versions are more specific about Fáfnir's treasure hoard, mentioning the swords Ridill and Hrotti, the helm of terror and a golden coat of chainmail. Fafnir appears in Richard Wagner's epic opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, although he began life as a giant rather than a dwarf. In the first opera, Das Rheingold, which has some basis from the Gylfaginning and his brother Fasolt try to take the Goddess Freia, based on Idun, promised to them by Wotan, the king of the gods, in exchange for building the castle Valhalla. Fasolt is in love with her, while Fafner wants her as without her golden apples the Gods will lose their youth; the giants Fafner, agree to accept a massive hoard of treasure stolen from the dwarf Alberich instead. The treasure includes a magic ring of power; as they divide the treasure, the brothers argue and Fafner kills Fasolt and takes the ring for himself. Escaping to earth, he uses the Tarnhelm to transform himself into a dragon and guards the treasure in a cave for many years before being killed by Wotan's mortal grandson Siegfried, as depicted in the opera of the same name.

The giants are thought to represent the working class. However, while Fasolt is a romantic revolutionary, Fafner is a more violent and jealous figure, plotting to overthrow the gods. In many productions, he is shown to return to his original giant form while delivering his death-speech to Siegfried. Much of Tolkien's work was inspired by Northern European mythology. Many parallels can be drawn between Fafnir and Smaug, from The Hobbit, as well as between Fafnir and Glaurung, the first dragon in Middle Earth, slain by Turin; the exchange between Bilbo and Smaug nearly mirrors Fafnir's and Sigurd's. The main difference being that Sigurd's conversation occurs after the death blow has been struck; this is most due to dramatic effect, as Bilbo has much more at stake when speaking with Smaug. The other dragon Glaurung has many similarities as well. In Tolkien's The Book of Lost Tales, Glaurung is described as a flightless dragon that hoards gold, breathes poison, has "Great cunning and wisdom". In Tolkien's book The Children of Húrin, he is slain by Turin from below much like Fafnir.

Turin and Glaurung have an exchange after the mortal blow is d

Straight Arrow

The Straight Arrow radio program was a western adventure series for juveniles, broadcast twice weekly in the United States from 1948 or 1949 through 1951. A total of 292 episodes were aired. Although first broadcast only in California, in early 1949 it was broadcast nationally on the Mutual Broadcasting Network. All the programs were written by Sheldon Stark; the protagonist, rancher Steve Adams, became the Comanche Indian, the Straight Arrow, when bad people or other dangers threatened. In fact, Adams was a Comanche orphan, adopted by the Adams ranching family and inherited the ranch, his dual identity was known to only one friend. Internal evidence places the ranch in the vicinity of the Colorado Rockies in the 1870s. Howard Culver played both Straight Arrow; the program was sponsored by Nabisco Shredded Wheat cereal. Like many other children's programs, this one soon had cross-over presence; the Straight Arrow comic book, published by Magazine Enterprises, first came out in February 1950, running 55 issues until 1956.

Most of the stories were written by Gardner Fox. In addition, there were two Straight Arrow comic strips; the first, a daily strip, ran from June 19, 1950 to August 4, 1951. Gardner Fox and Ray Krank wrote the strip, with art by John Belfi; the second, a Sunday strip, ran from September 7 to December 7, 1953. Walter B. Gibson wrote the strip, with art by Fred Meagher. There were Straight Arrow collectible cards of Indian crafts inserted in the boxes of Nabisco Shredded Wheat cereal. In 2019, the rights of the Straight Arrow character including the trademarks were transferred to Education Is Our Buffalo Community Centre, a Canadian based Indigenous organization. Education Is Our Buffalo has an active Indigenous-perspective Facebook group. French, Jack. Pp. 172–176. Harper, William. Straight Arrow: The Definitive Radio Log and Resource Guide for that Legendary Indian Figure On the Trail of Justice. BearManor Press

AlaquĆ s

Alaquàs is a municipality in the comarca of Horta Oest in the Valencian Community, Spain. The town's name is of Arabic origin, coming from al-aquas, meaning "the arches", believed to be a reference to a bridge of Moorish origin near the town. Alaquàs is located in l'horta, an area known as the red belt due to its tendency to vote for left wing parties; the Communist Party of Spain won most seats at the 1979 local election and remained strong in the area until the 1990s when they declined, losing their last seat at the 1995 elections. The People's Party received the most votes for the first time at the 2011 local elections. Source:*Results for the Communist Party of Spain. In 1986 they joined with other parties to form the current United Left. #In 1983, the People's Alliance, Democratic Popular Party, Liberal Union and Valencian Union formed a four party electoral alliance. The electoral alliance ended in 1986 and the AP and UV contested the 1987 local elections separately. In 1989 the AP merged with the UL to form the current People's Party.

†Results for the Valencian People's Union, who formed the Valencian Nationalist Bloc. Website about Alaquàs Alaquàs council website Athletics Alaquàs website