Moskenstraumen

Moskenstraumen

(môsk`ənstrou'mən) or

Maelstrom

(māl`strəm), tidewater whirlpool in the Lofoten Islands, NW Norway. Formed when tidal currents flow through coastal fjords and a maze of small islands, it is c.2.5 mi (4 km) wide and may at its center reach a speed of 10 ft (3 m) per second. It is a danger to small ships and has been described with great imagination by Edgar Allan PoePoe, Edgar Allan,
1809–49, American poet, short-story writer, and critic, b. Boston. He is acknowledged today as one of the most brilliant and original writers in American literature.
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 and Jules VerneVerne, Jules
, 1828–1905, French novelist, originator of modern science fiction. After completing his studies at the Nantes lycée, he went to Paris to study law. He early became interested in the theater and wrote (1848–50) librettos for operettas.
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The protagonist in Poe's classic tale is a fisherman who tells of a harrowing encounter with the legendary Moskenstraumen, a tidal whirlpool found in the Lofoten archipelago of Norway.