does anybody know what is under the red ribbon on Fenris's arm?

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by Anonymous » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:28 pm
This may be a stretch and completely wrong.... Fenris is named after Loki's son Fenrir! Denarius calls him little wolf because in the story Fenrir is a wolf. Odin's dreams all end with his eyes and teeth so he believes this to be his death. The gods tell Fenrir that they want to test his strength by binding him and seeing if he can break the chains. They do this twice each time with a stronger chain, but he breaks each of those. Then they go to they dwarves to make the stongest chain. The dwarves produced a chain that looked like a ribbon. They came to trick Fenrir into being tied up, but he wasn't stupid. He claimed there would be no glory in breaking a ribbon and that he was starting to believe the gods were afraid of him. The only way they were able to convince him to be bound was to let him hold one of the gods hands in his mouth which he promised to release upon being untied. He wasn't able to break the ribbon and the god lost his hand when they revealed the truth. He swore he would kill Odin one day. So the reason Fenris has a ribbon may be alluding to his unbreakable bonds and saying that is his love for Hawk. The black thing might be the the braket that attatched the ribbon to the rock which was burried farther than the deepest ocean.

Or I might be crazy. Just made sense that it was all symbolic to me....


by Aramintai » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:44 am
That red ribbon thing on Fenris reminded me of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children - characters from FFVII wore those same red ribbons in that movie. There were other reasons for them to wear it, but still Fenris is similar to Cloud in my book, as he sure does fall into "broody, spiky haired guy" category that weeaboos love. I'm certain there was some influence, I just hope that Bioware won't start making their games as ****ty as JRPGs.

Btw, Isabela has a red ribbon too if you romance her. Although her new costume is bugged and won't show up until you respec her with Maker's Sigh from Black Emporium.


by Neleothesze » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:55 am

mousestalker wrote...
"Tie a scarlet ribbon 'round the old elf slave
It's been five long years, am I whom you crave?"

*thumbs up*

As for the thing under the scarf... well...  it reminds me of Legion taking a piece from Shepard's old armor. I always thought that was so cute. <3

I think Fenris stole a ribbon from Hawke's armor and placed it under the red scarf. That's my take and I'm sticking to it. :P


by Ke11iente » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:50 am

Addai67 wrote...

It could be an armor strap. I wonder if it's a memento of his bonds in Tevinter- which would make it more significant that he's freely chosen who he fights for now.


I like this idea.  Head!cannon officially formed.


by Celan » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:48 am
It could be an armor strap. I wonder if it's a memento of his bonds in Tevinter- which would make it more significant that he's freely chosen who he fights for now.


by Ke11iente » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:38 am
We know what the red scarf symbolizes, but what's tied UNDER it? There's definitely something there, but it's impossible to tell what it is and he never mentions it.


by The Lesser Evil » Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:04 am
I can't help but think of the gay hankerchief code when I see the red cloth wrapped around Fenris's wrist. Especially not with how Fenris sticks his hand into people as DA's new murder knife and after Isabela asked Fenris about 'that fisting thing you do', and what a red hankerchief means in the gay hankerchief code (...er, into... well, fisting. >.>).

Edited by The Lesser Evil, 18 March 2011 - 12:05 PM.



by mousestalker » Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:51 am
"Tie a scarlet ribbon 'round the old elf slave
It's been five long years, am I whom you crave?"


by Victia » Fri Mar 18, 2011 4:29 am
Thanks for this, I had been wondering it myself :)! A favour was generally given by q lady to a knight or soldier to show her love, by wearing it the knights deeds in combat would bring her honour! It's very sweet and a nice visual clue fenris is still hawkes


by Malja » Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:28 am

Addai67 wrote...

AtreiyaN7 wrote...

I think it's the equivalent of a medieval lady giving her knight/champion a garter or handkerchief (or something else) to show her favor. I think it's the red scarf thing that is the favor itself. No idea what the black thing is.

Yeah I interpret it in the medieval sense, where he fights for her, not necessarily like a high school ring exchange.  Not that it doesn't have romantic significance.  It was a thing in courtly knighthood to be in love with a lady who was unattainable.  Wearing her favor wouldn't necessarily mean they had a thing going, but that she was willing to honor him and he's fighting for her.

What I like about it is that it shows him moving from sticking around because he wants to "turn and face the tiger" (nice image from Seheron there), to being motivated to stay for Hawke as well.


Thanks for the info on this. I didn't pay much thought to it other than what it is at face value,  so this interests me.