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Jormungand (Jörmungandr) Sightings

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Húsdrápa, by Úlfr Uggason

Húsdrápa is an Old Norse poem about kitchen cabinets (really). But it's actually pretty cool. It describes the scenes carved on three panels: Balder's funeral, a competition between Loki and Heimdall, and Thor's fishing trip for our buddy Jormungand.

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

Poetic Edda

The Poetic Edda is a whole collection of anonymous poems. In one, the Völuspá, a wise-woman predicts that Jormungand and Thor will fight to the death during Valhalla. But that's not the first time Thor and Jormungand fight it out: in Hymisvitha, Thor hooks Jormungand on his fishing line only to have the monster cause an earthquake before escaping.

Dec 20, 2019

Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson

The story of Thor's fishing trip was so popular that Snorri Sturluson retold it in the Gylfaginning section of his Prose Edda. He added lots of new, juicy details like how Thor struggled so mightily to hold on to Jormungand that he put his feet through the bottom of his boat. According to Gylfaginning, these two already had a history. Giant king Utgardsloki tricked Thor into trying to lift the serpent by disguising him as a cat.

Dec 20, 2019

Marvel Tales I #105 (&ff)

Jormungand first appears in the Thor series in 1952. His story line actually follows Norse mythology pretty closely. This being a superhero story, though, Jormungand gets extra superpowers, like the ability to crush the earth by squeezing it, shoot "fire energy" from his eyes, and shape-shift into a dragon named Fin Fang Foom. Hey, we didn't name him.

Dec 20, 2019

Final Fantasy XI

Jormungand appears as a monster in the first online release of this 25-year-old role-playing game, with cool-sounding abilities like "horrid roar," "glacial breath," and "spike flail."

Dec 20, 2019


In this online fantasy game, the city of Hávindr is under siege and you must come to the king's rescue. But to get there, you have to fight off some monsters, including Jormungandr. If the gaming buzz is to be believed, he's pretty difficult to kill.

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