Hello everyone, happy Friday! Today I’ll talk about a monster from mythology and this one is actually local to me since it’s from the Norse one. Here is the Midgaard Serpent!
The Midgaard Serpent is an enormous serpentine or dragon like monster from Norse mythology. It lies in the ocean and is so enormous that it actually encircles the whole of Midgaard (the world). He is the son of the half Jötunn / half god Loki which means that his siblings are Hel the ruler of the underworld and Fenrir the monstrous wolf, which I’ve already made an article about here on the blog. The Midgaard Serpent was in conflict with Thor the thundergod 2 times. At one point the powerful Thor was asked by the Jötunns to lift a cat, he couldn’t do that and was humiliated. It wasn’t a normal cat though, but the Midgaard serpent transformed by Jötunn magic. The second time Thor and the serpent met, was when Thor was out fishing with Hymir the Jötunn. He was about to kill the serpent with his hammer Mjölnir when Hymir disturbed him. Thor became so mad that he killed Hymir instead!
It is said that Thor and the Midgaard Serpent will meet once again during Ragnarok when they both will fight their final battle. The serpent will return to land and Thor will kill it, only to die himself from the serpent’s poisonous blood.