Jörmungandr the Midgard Serpent


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Also Known As: "Miðgarðsormr", "Jǫrmungandr", "World Serpent"
Death: (Date and location unknown)
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Son of Loki and Angrboða
Brother of Fenrir the wolf. and Hel, ruler of Hel
Half brother of Narfi or Nari Lokason; Váli Lokason and Sleipnir the eight-legged horse.

Managed by: Gábor Balogh
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About Jörmungandr the Midgard Serpent

Jörmungandr (the Midgard Serpent) is a sea serpent of the Norse mythology, he is the middle child of the giantess Angrboða and the god Loki.

Odin tossed Jörmungandr into the great ocean that encircles Midgard. The serpent grew so big that he was able to surround the Earth and grasp his own tail, and as a result he earned the alternate name of the Midgard Serpent or World Serpent. Jörmungandr's arch enemy is the god Thor.

Thor encounters the serpent, who is disguised as a colossal cat by the giant king Útgarða-Loki. As one of the tasks set by Útgarða-Loki, Thor must lift the cat; though he is unable to lift such a monstrous creature as Jörmungandr, he manages to lift it far enough that it lets go of the ground with one of its four feet. When Jörmungandr is revealed by Útgarða-Loki, the lifting is counted as an impressive deed.

Another encounter came when Thor went fishing with the giant Hymir. When Hymir refused to provide Thor with bait, Thor struck the head off Hymir's largest ox to use as such. They rowed to a point where Hymir often sat and caught flat fish, where he drew up two whales. Thor demanded to go farther into the water, and did so despite Hymir's warnings.

Thor then prepared a strong line and a large hook, which Jörmungandr bit. Thor pulled the serpent from the water, whereupon the two faced one another, Jörmungandr dribbling poison and blood. Hymir went pale with fear, and as Thor grabbed his hammer to kill the serpent, the giant cut the line, leaving the serpent to sink beneath the waves.

This encounter seems to have been the most popular motif in Norse art. Four picture stones can be definitely linked with the myth.

The last meeting between the serpent and Thor is predicted to occur at Ragnarök, when Jörmungandr will come out of the ocean and poison the sky. Thor will kill Jörmungandr and then walk nine paces before falling dead, having been poisoned by the serpent's venom.

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