The Volsunga Saga—sounds fancy, right? This 13th-century epic based on older Norse mythology describes the origins and eventual downfall of the Volsung clan. More particularly, it tells the story of Fafnir, a dwarf who was transformed into a dragon by his greed. Oops.
Instead of a wish, the Volsunga Saga relies on a curse to demonstrate the danger of greed. Also, spoiler alert: where Midas gets away with just a bath, Fafnir gets killed in the end. Oh, and they cut his heart out. Brutal.