Also known as Iormungandr
- Norse (culture)
- Aquatic (attribute)
- Reptilian (attribute)
- Deadly (behaviour)
- Sea Serpents (common type)
An ancient name for the Midgard Serpent.
Jormungandr was the cosmic and deadly serpent of Norse mythology that was one of the children of the trickster god Loki. It was so large that it surrounded the earth with its head touching its tail. Its mother was the Giantess Angrboda. When the serpent was born it was cast into the ocean by the gods who saw it as fearsome. One tale tells of how Thor entered into a fishing match with a giant named Hymir. The one who caught the biggest fish would win. Hymir caught two whales but Thor used heads of two bulls to catch something bigger. He attracted the Midgard serpent whose head rose above the water. The giant Hymir cut the fishing line and the two escaped and ate whale meet together. An alternative ending tells of how Hymir was so scared that he jumped off the boat and drowned in the water. At the end of the world at Ragnarok Thor battles the serpent and the two slay each other.
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