Tuesday, October 15, 2013

JÖRMUNGANDR

"With our swords have we contended! 
Come but new to Gothland's shore
For the killing of the serpent 
We have gaine'd from Thor"
H.P. Lovecraft, Regner Lodbrog's Epicedium

"For our blood is the same the vandals are vaunting; 
We too are the stout sons of Woden and Thor;"

"So must we face the serpents that seek to destroy us, 
And with spirit as light, ev'ry fiend overwhelm!" 
H.P. Lovecraft, Ad Britannos-1918

"And Ragnarok enclose creation round; 
And Bifrost break beneath bold Surtur's horde, 
And Gods and men fall dead beneath the sword'
When sun shall die, and sea devour the land, 
And stars descend, and naught but Chaos stand.
H.P. Lovecraft, The Teuton's Battle-Song

"The wolf Fenrir, whos jaws stretch from heaven to earth, breaks his fetters' the Midgard Snake, spewing poison, rises from the sea; Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, made of the uncut nails of dead men, breaks from her moorings down in Hel."
Gwyn Jones, The Vikings

"The sea will rear up because Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent, is twisting and writhing in fury as he makes his way toward the land. With every breath, Jormungand will stain the soil and the sky with his poison. The waves caused by the serpent's emerging will set free the ship Naglfar, and with the giant Hymir as their commander,
the giants will sail towards the battlefield."

Micha F. Lindemans, Encyclopedia Mythica

"Jormungand is not the only serpent in Norse mythology but he is much the most fearsome. He is so vast that he actually encircles Midgard; all humankind is caught within his coil as he lies on the ocean bed, biting on his own tail."
Kevin Crossley-Holland, The Norse Myths



 

 

3 comments:

  1. Jeez, look at the size of that serpent! I wonder if he took in enough iron, nutrients, and vitamins to be strong. Good job, Mike. I hope that after the Norse Gods and monsters that we can expect a new batch of Great Old Ones. also, you forgot to give Nug and Yeb labels.

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  2. Are you familiar with Ken Hite's "The Day After Ragnarok?" Jormungandr plays a HUGE part.

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    1. No I'm not actually, I'll look it up! Thanks!

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