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.
|Nickname||The 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)|
|Current city||Under the sssea|
|Occupation||Encircling the earth. No big deal.|
|Education||My instincts give me all the knowledge I need: when to bite, when to eat, and how to stay warm.|
|Political views||Apocalypticist (I believe the end of the world is near. I just wish it would get here sooner so I could swallow Thor.)|
|Parents||Loki and his giantess mistressss, Angrboda|
|Siblings||Fellow monstrousss brother Fenrir-Wolf; sister Hel, lady of the underworld; and half-brother Narfi|
|Enemies||All 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.|
|Relationship status||None. All the lady-serpentsss are intimidated by my size.|
|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."
"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."
|Books||Harry 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
|Music||Poison 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
|Movies||The Jungle Book|
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Snakes on a Plane
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Creature from the Black Lagoon
|TV Shows||River Monsters|
Chased by Sea Monsters
|Likes||Rocks in the sun|
Whalesss (for dinner)
|Activities||Sunning myself on rockssss|
Swallowing my tail
Escaping from Thor's fishing line
Sharpening my fangsss
|Interests||Ophidiophobia (fear of snakes)|
Toxicology (the study of poisons)
Herpetology (the study of snakes)
|Groups||Fearsome Critters, Giant Man-Eating Snake Branch|
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Monstersss of Middle-Earth