|Jormungandr (The Midgard Serpent)|
|Parents||Loki and Angrboda|
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Jörmungandr (sometimes called the Midgard serpent or snake) is a giant beast in Norse Mythology. Jörmungandr is the middle child of Loki and the giantess Angrboða. It is said Jörmungandr will be killed by Thor at Ragnarok , but Thor will only walk nine paces before dying himself, of the serpent's poisonous venom.
Stories and Myths
Lifting the Cat
In one adventure, Thor encounters Jörmungandr in the form of a colossal cat, disguised by the giant king Útgarða-Loki's illusionary magic. As one of the challenges set by Útgarða-Loki, Thor must lift the cat, and though he is unable to lift such a monstrous creature as the Midgard snake, he manages to lift it far enough that it lets go of the ground with one of its four feet. When Útgarða-Loki later reveals he deceived him it seemed like an incredible heroic feat.
The Fishing Trip
Long ago, Thor decided to catch Jormungandr, and kill him. This would prove difficult as the Midgard Serpent reached around the whole world biting his own tail and lay in the deepest depth of the ocean. But Thor did not despair. He took his trusty hammer Mjolnir and went to the giant Hymir, who went fishing. Hymir was a friendly jotun, and let Thor sleep in his house and said he could go fishing with him the next morning. The next morning, Thor, who had to provide his own bait, went to Hymir's cattle pen, and killed and took the largest ox's head with him to use as bait. He got into the boat with Hymir, and started rowing. Soon they had reached where Hymir usually went fishing. Hymir had caught two whales and wanted to stop, but Thor rowed on. "This is enough!' the giant soon said. "We may even chance upon the Midgard Serpent here, and we will go no further.' Thor threw out his unbreakable fishing line, and the ox's head sunk to the depths, right in front of the serpent, who greedily devoured it whole. Immediately it pulled so hard on the line that Thor broke his knuckles upon the edge of the boat, and got very angry. He pulled up the Midgard serpent, thrashing and well, from the bottom of the sea. He had almost reached the surface, and Thor was readying his hammer to strike it, when the frightened Hymir cut the line. The serpent swam back to the bottom of the sea. Thor was so angry that he hit the the giant with Mjolnir so hard he fell overboard dead. Thor took the boat and got back to the far-away shore with the two whales slung over his shoulders.
In Popular Culture
- Jörmungandr is featured in the information book Worlds Worst Monsters and Villains, spelt as Jormungand.
- Jörmungandr is also sometimes featured in Marvel comics as an antagonist of Thor.
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