Jormungand Picture

Jormungand was the second eldest child between Loki the Trickster and the giantess Angrboda. Kidnapped by the gods, he was cast into the waters that surround Midgard. There he laid until he grew so large that he ate large whales and was able to wrap himself around the world and bite his own tail.

Thor and Jormungand would meet three times, the first time when Thor, Loki and two human servants traveled into Jotunheim, the land of the giants, and to the great hall of Utgard. There, the giant master of the hall, Utgard-Loki, put the travelers to great tests, one of which was for Thor to pick up his cat. Thor was only able to just lift the cats foot off the ground before admitting defeat to the task. It was later revealed to Thor, Loki and the others that this was only a magic trick, and that the cat was really Jormungand the Midgard Serpent.

The second time that Thor and Jormungand met was when Thor and Tyr traveled to the giant Hymir hall to get a large cauldron to brew ale for the gods. While there, Hymir and Thor went out fishing for food. Thor killed Hymir's prize bull to use it's head for bait. Thor cast his bull headed line into the water where Jormungand took the bait and bit hard onto the bulls head. Thor dragged the mighty serpent up and out of the water where he towered over the boat that Thor and Hymir where using. Thor then grabbed his hammer m]Mjollir and threw it at the head of Jormungand, but Hymir cut the line because he was afraid of the World Serpent, and Jormungand sank back into the water before the hammer hit, leaving a very angry Thor.

The last time Thor and Jormungand would meet is at the time of Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods. Jormundgand will join up with his father Loki, his brother the Fenrir Wolf, his sister Hel and her army of dead among others. Thor and Jormungand will battle as Thor will finally throw his hammer at Jormungand, smashing his head and killing him. But before the World Serpent dies, he will drop his poison on Thor, where he will only take nine steps back before he too dies.
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