Thor and Jormungander the Mighty Dragon of the Sea
The Norse people with their coastal communities and taste for seafaring adventure logically included a sea serpent of astounding size in their mythology. Who knows what great beasts these early people saw rear their heads from the cold waves of the Baltic and
back before the world was small.
Tossed by the great god Odin into the deepest ocean, Jormungander was bound to live in the waters of the world until Ragnarok, the Day of the Last Battle. After the passing of many ages, the fateful day of Ragnarok finally came and Jormungander was free of his watery prison. He rose from the cold watery depths and with the force and size of a hurricane came ashore to do battle with his old nemesis Thor, the god of thunder.
Having battled twice before with Jormungander, Thor was determined to slay the colossal creature during this battle of all battles. With his magic hammer called Miolnir, Thor finally defeated Jormungander and crushed the dragon's head with a blow said to be heard around the world. But Thor could not drink deeply of the cup of his glorious victory. So mighty was Jormungander that he spewed death with the poisonous vapor of his final breath. Thor had spent all of his strength in his struggle with Jormungander and Thor could not resist death. He toppled alongside the body of the slain dragon that could only be defeated by the greatest effort of a god who paid with the ultimate sacrifice.
"Dragons: A Natural History." 1995. Dr. Karl Shuker.
. Page 23.
"Jormungandr" Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jormungandr
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