Tyrfing appears in Hervarar saga and in the Eddic poems the Waking of Angantyr and the Battle of the Goths and Huns. Svafrlami was the King of Gardariki, and a grand-son of Odin. He caught the Dwarves Dvalin and Durin and forced them to forge a sword with a golden hilt that would never miss a stroke, would never rust and would cut through stone and iron as easily as through clothes. The Dwarves made the sword, and it shone and gleamed like fire. However, in revenge they cursed it so that it would kill a man every time it was used and that it would be the cause of three great evils. They finally cursed it so that it would also kill Svafrlami himself. It would cost the life of not only Svafrlami, but also the life of the Swedish hero Hjalmar.

A similar sword to Tyrfing is Dainsleif, a sword from the legend of Hedin and Högni, made by the Norse Dwarves Dain. Like Tyrfing, Dainsleif gave wounds that never healed and could not be unsheathed without killing a man.

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