Jörmungand (pronounced YOUR-man-gand), or Jörmungandr in Old Norse is the "Midgard (Earth) Serpent". He is a tremendous snake whose body is so long that it stretches around the Earth completely! Jörmungandr lurks beneath the waters of Midgard where Norse hero Thor is in constant pursuit of this slippery beast. The poetic Eddas of Norse mythology describe a variety of encounters between Thor and Jörmungandr with Jörmungandr always narrowly escaping Thor's wrath. Finally, in the events of Ragnarok, Thor and Jörmungandr have their final battle! Thor finally kills the phantom creature! However, the monster's deadly breath poisons Thor, and he staggers nine paces before falling over, dead. This artwork is Neo-Nordic, meaning it has some of the traditional elements of Viking design while still being very much a modern interpretation. You have Jörmungandr twisting all around the Mjölnir (Thor's mighty hammer) emblem to symbolize the twisting fate both characters have to one another. You have the nine footsteps Thor walked before his demise towards the right of the design. In the background, you have the actual text from the Norse Poetic Edda that describes the final battle between Thor and Jörmungandr. On the left is the original Old Norse text, and on the right is the English translation. Tons of history and symbolism is on display in this colorful piece.
Tags: midgard, serpent, snake, jormungandr, nordic-mythology