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Jormungand (Jörmungandr)

Jormungand (Jörmungandr)

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Jormungand (Jörmungandr)

If you thought the petrifying basilisk of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the first slithering serpent to terrorize readers everywhere, think again. Jormungand, the gigantic sea-snake of Middle Earth, has been giving Vikings nightmares for centuries. Jormungand is the spawn of resident Asgard trouble-maker Loki and his giantess mistress, Angrboda. Not a good combo, since he inherits daddy's troublemaking nature and mommy's monstrous size.

The Asgard gods realize immediately that Jormungand's a problem child. They try to get rid of him by throwing him in the ocean surrounding Middle-Earth. Big mistake. He quickly grows so big on a daily diet of whales that he's able to encircle the whole world and bite his own tail. Yowza.

Jormungand is Thor's nemesis; the big one that the hero just can't catch. When the waters begin to ripple, watch out: it means that Jormungand has awakened, let go of his tail, and Valhalla—the end of the world—is near. Gulp.

Basic Information

NameJormungand (Jörmungandr)
NicknameThe World-Serpent, the Midgard-Serpent, "Necklace of the Earth" (Húsdrápa 4.4), "Earth-Girdler" (Hymiskvida 23.4), Thor-Bait, Jormy-Worm (but only my mom calls me that)
SexMale
Current cityUnder the sssea

Work & Education

OccupationEncircling the earth. No big deal.
EducationMy instincts give me all the knowledge I need: when to bite, when to eat, and how to stay warm.

Beliefs

Political viewsApocalypticist (I believe the end of the world is near. I just wish it would get here sooner so I could swallow Thor.)

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

ParentsLoki and his giantess mistressss, Angrboda
SiblingsFellow monstrousss brother Fenrir-Wolf; sister Hel, lady of the underworld; and half-brother Narfi
ChildrenNone.
FriendsNidhögg
EnemiesAll the Aesir gods, but especially Odin, who threw me into the sssea (what did I ever do to hurt you?); and Thor, who keeps trying to catch me.

Relationships

Relationship statusNone. All the lady-serpentsss are intimidated by my size.
Interested inSleeping

Favorites

Quotations"Rip… Tear… Kill… Soo hungry for so long. Kill…Time to kill. I smell blood. … I SMELL BLOOD!"
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

"No, snakes are no problem. I'd go to any country, anywhere, any snakes, not a problem."
– Steve Irwin

"The serpent, the king, the tiger, the stinging wasp, the small child, the dog owned by other people, and the fool: these seven ought not to be awakened from sleep."
– Chanakaya

"And therefore think him as a serpent's egg, / Which, hatch'd, would as his kind grow mischievous."
– Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

"It's the end of the world as we know it / And I feel fine."
– R.E.M.
BooksHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Beowulf (Grendel's mom and I are this close)
Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series) by Rick Riordan
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman 
Giant Snakes: Unraveling the Coils of Mystery by Michael Newton
MusicPoison by Alice Cooper 
Snake Bite (album) by Whitesnake
Songs for Snakes
Everything by Cobra Starship, and especially Snakes on a Plane (Bring It)
It's the End of the World as We Know It by R.E.M.
Tail Swallower and Dove (album) by These Arms are Snakes 
Snake Eye by AC/DC
MoviesThe Jungle Book
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Snakes on a Plane
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Godzilla
Lake Placid
TV ShowsRiver Monsters
Chased by Sea Monsters
Snakebytes.tv

Activities & Interests

LikesRocks in the sun
Whalesss (for dinner)
The water
Venom
Fangs
Snake charmersss
ActivitiesSunning myself on rockssss
Swallowing my tail
Eating whalesss
Sleeping
Swimming
Escaping from Thor's fishing line
Sharpening my fangsss
Making waves
Hibernating
InterestsOphidiophobia (fear of snakes)
Toxicology (the study of poisons)
Herpetology (the study of snakes)
Oceanography
GroupsFearsome Critters, Giant Man-Eating Snake Branch
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Monstersss of Middle-Earth
Anti-Fishing Activistsss
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