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Thor grasps Jörmungandr’s tongue and raises Mjölnir. Several Norse myths detail Thor’s encounters with Jörmungandr. Midgarðsormr, The Midgard Serpent, was the offspring of the giantess Angrboða and Loki. According to the Prose Edda; Loki’s three children by Angrboða were the giant wolf Fenrir, Jörmungandr and Hel (who rules over Niflheim). Odin cast Jörmungandr into the ocean which surrounds Midgar…

Icelandic manuscript - Thor and Hymir Thor grasps Jörmungandr’s tongue and raises Mjölnir. Several Norse myths detail Thor’s encounters with Jörmungandr. Midgarðsormr, The Midgard Serpent, was the offspring of the giantess Angrboða and Loki.

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In Norse mythology, Nótt (Old Norse “night”) is night personified, grandmother of Thor. In stanza 30 of the poem Alvíssmál, Thor asks the dwarf Alvíss to tell him what night is called in each of the nine worlds, whom “Nórr” birthed. Alvíss responds that night is referred as “night” by mankind, “darkness” by the gods, “the masker by the mighty Powers”, “unlight” by the jötunn, “joy-of-sleep” by the elves, while dwarves call her “dream-Njörun” (meaning “dream-goddess”).

In Norse mythology, Nótt is night personified, grandmother of Thor. (Art: A Posing Soldier by Janni Nielsen)

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