Midgard serpent

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Midgard serpent

monstrous serpent that encircles the earth. [Norse Myth.: Leach, 723]
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The Chaoskampf (19), as well as the recovery of the missing Sun, often involves the slaying of a monster, most often a dragon: Marduk and Tiamat, Zeus and Typhon, Hercules and the Hydra, Thor and Jormungandr, but also Yahweh and the Leviathan.
The monster could also have no known origin, like the Vrtra-Vala dragon or Jormungandr, which signifies that they come from outside of the world, from Chaos itself.
Jormungandr in Scandinavian legend, a serpent monster so vast that when Odin threw him into the ocean he encircled the earth.