Study Guide

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


Jormungand (Jörmungandr)


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

Work & Education


Encircling the earth. No big deal.


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.)

Family & Friends (& Enemies)


Loki and his giantess mistressss, Angrboda


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






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.

Interested in



TV Shows

River Monsters
Chased by Sea Monsters


"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.


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


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


The Jungle Book
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Snakes on a Plane
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Lake Placid

Activities & Interests


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


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


Fearsome 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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