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Jormungand (Jörmungandr)

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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

Name

Jormungand (Jörmungandr)

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)

Sex

Male

Current city

Under the sssea

Work & Education

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.

Beliefs

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.)

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Loki and his giantess mistressss, Angrboda

Siblings

Fellow monstrousss brother Fenrir-Wolf; sister Hel, lady of the underworld; and half-brother Narfi

Children

None.

Friends

Nidhögg

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.

Relationships

Relationship status

None. All the lady-serpentsss are intimidated by my size.

Interested in

Sleeping

Favorites

TV Shows

River Monsters
Chased by Sea Monsters
Snakebytes.tv

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.

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
Godzilla
Lake Placid

Activities & Interests

Likes

Rocks in the sun
Whalesss (for dinner)
The water
Venom
Fangs
Snake charmersss

Interests

Ophidiophobia (fear of snakes)
Toxicology (the study of poisons)
Herpetology (the study of snakes)
Oceanography

Groups

Fearsome Critters, Giant Man-Eating Snake Branch
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Monstersss of Middle-Earth
Anti-Fishing Activistsss