Saturday, October 2, 2010
Over the years Thor had three encounters with Jörmungandr. At one time the serpent was disguised as a cat and it was Thor's task to lift it, which was thought to be impossible as it is so large. Somehow Thor was able to lift the cat high enough that only one foot touched the earth.
Another time he encountered it while fishing with the giant Hymir (the sea giant.) He caught the creature and would have killed it with his magic hammer (Mjolnir) except Hymir became so fearful that he cut the line and Jörmungandr sank back into the ocean.
His third encounter was at the end of the world, Ragnarök. While the other gods were fighting Fenris (one of the other sons of Loki) Thor had his hands full with Jörmungandr. He repeatedly threw his magic hammer at the creature but it continued to hiss and spit at him. Finally he summoned all of his strength and stuck a final time killing the beast. Thor then took nine steps and fell down dead from Jörmungandrs' poison.