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Cain and Abel (99-114, 1260-1268)
Sigemund the Dragon-Slayer (Note: in Beowulf, the famous dragon-slayer is called Sigemund, but in Norse mythology Sigemund is just the father of the famous dragon-slayer, who is called Sigurd. If you're curious to know more you can read the Volsung Saga.) (873-914)