JÖRMUNGANDR (yur-mun-gan-der)

The names in this tale from Norse mythology may be familiar to those who enjoy the Thor character made famous in comic books and movies.

Born in Asgard to Loki and Angrboda, this giant sea-dragon (and problem child) is cast out by Odin and banished into the oceans of Middle Earth. There, Jormungandr begins feasting on whales, growing so big he can encircle the entire world and bite his own tail. In fact, the story suggests that if he awakens and lets go of his tail, “Ragnarök” (the end of the world) is upon us.