J is for Jörmungandr
|“Thor in Hymir’s boat battling
the Midgard Serpent” (1788) by Henry Fuseli
Name: Jörmungandr (also known as the Midgard Serpent or World Serpent)
Type: Legendary serpent, son of Loki
Origin Norse mythology
Description: Jörmungandr was one of three children of Loki and Angrboða. In the Prose Edda, an Icelandic collection which includes tales from Norse mythology, Odin “tossed Jörmungandr into the great ocean that encircles Midgard. The serpent grew so large that he was able to surround the earth and grasp his own tail. As a result, he received the name of the Midgard Serpent or World Serpent. When he lets go, the world will end.”
Interesting Facts: Thor is the Jörmungandr’s arch-enemy. They are mentioned in three myths together. Loki and Angrboða’s other two children are Fenrir and Hel.
Have you heard of the Jörmungandr before?