fredag den 17. december 2010

Kraken (Folklore & Mythology)


Hello guys it is Friday and that means it’s time for a monster from folklore or mythology. This one is a request but I’ve forgotten who requested it actually! Oops. Anyway this is the Kraken!

The Kraken is a giant Octopus with a bad attitude. It was first described in 1752/53 by the Danish bishop Erik Pontoppidan. Descriptions of creatures like the Kraken reach much further back though, at least as far back as Norse sagas. 


Back in the day it was said that if fishermen knew when the Kraken was nearby. They knew if they went to fish places where the water used to be several hundred meters deep but only was 40-40 meters deep. This meant that the Kraken was there and so the fishermen quickly finished their job and went home, because even though the Kraken attracted a lot of fish it was said to be able to pull even the biggest battleship into the depths. The legend of the Kraken is said to be based on encounters with the giant squid which itself was considered a myth until the Dane Johan Steenstrup proved that giant squid existed after he was told a dead Kraken was washed up the beach in Northern Denmark.

The kraken is a very popular monster and has appeared in a lot of popular fiction. It has for example been in Clash of the Titans and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and the creature outside the Mines of Moria in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings was based off the Kraken!

23 kommentarer:

  1. Hah my friends used to have a band called I Am the Kraken.

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  2. I was waiting for this monster to come out! One of my favorite creatures in cryptology :D

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  3. seems like most fishermen, sailors, what have you have some stories about some giant multi tentacled monster. i think whales and octopus' have fuled most of these fears, because they are real. interesting to see where the human mind takes things.

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  4. This thing used to give nightmares as a kid!

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  5. Very cool...although it kind of makes you wonder if something like the Kraken does exist. We have only explored a tiny bit of our oceans, no idea what we might find out there. :)

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  6. Colossal squid is the closest thing we have to that legend... I really hope they get one in an exhibit one day. I wonder why it's so damn hard to?

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  7. ah the kraken, made famous by Johnny Depp

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  8. Yeah, I know Kraken by watching pirate of caribbean

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  9. Wouldn't want to be out at sea with one of those nearby!

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  10. One of the coolest monster name ever.

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  11. cooperlife:
    I already made a post about that one. I could repost it some time though :)

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  12. Your comments were nice to read guys. Do have a very nice day :)

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  13. i need me some kracken. saw the pirates 3d trailer today. needs more kracken.

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  14. I love deep sea creatures, but they frighten me... this is a perfect example. Completely fascinating, but Holy Crap, it's scary!

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