To avenge his humiliation before the Jotun Utgard - Loki, and to restore his honor, Thor journeys out in the form of a boy, and meets up with the giant named Hymir. Thor decides to join Hymir on a fishing trip the next day. Thor rows their boat into deep water, which frightens Hymir who does not want to go out too far. Thor, however, keeps rowing out into unknown waters, and when he feels he has reached the right spot Thor decides to throw out his line. As bait Thor uses the head of one of Hymir's oxen called Sky - Bellower. He attached it to a very strong line and allows it to sink into the great depths of the ocean. The bait takes a while to sink to the bottom, but once there the bloodied head attracts the senses of the Midgard Serpent, who swims over to it, and snaps so hard at the bait that the hook becomes lodged in its mouth at once. The Midgard Serpent pulled so hard on the line that Thor had to brace his fists against the gunwale. Thor summoned all of his strength, dug in his heels, so hard in fact that his feet went straight through the bottom of the boat, and pulled the slimy sea creature out of the water. He was about to strike the great dragon a death blow when Hymir, who had lost all the color in his face from fear, cut Thor's line with his knife. The Midgard Serpent slowly began to sink back down to the bottom. Thor threw his mighty hammer at the head of the beast, but if the hammer hit home it must have been only a glancing blow because he did not kill the great beast.
Jormungand remains stretched out along the ocean floor until it is awakened during the beginning of Ragnarok, presumably by the same tremors that released Fenrir from his fetters, and raises itself out of the ocean to attack both Midgard and Asgard. It says in Gylfaginning that, " The whole surface of the earth, and the mountains will tremble so that trees will be uprooted from the ground and mountains will crash..... The sea will lash against the land because the Midgard Serpent is writhing in giant fury trying to come ashore. The Midgard Serpent will blow so much poison that the whole sky, and sea will be spattered with it. The serpent is the most terrible and will be on the other side of the wolf. "
All the forces of Chaos, I. E., Surt, and the sons of Muspell, Fenrir, Jormungand, Hrym, ( who steers the ship of evil Naglfar made of the uncut nails of men who have died ), Loki, and the family of Hel etc....., will then push foward across the rainbow bridge, which they shatter, and will stand at the plain called Vigrid, and await the forces of good. On this famous battlefield Thor will advance at his father's side, but will be unable to help his father because he becomes seperated from him while fighting the Midgard Serpent. Thor will kill the mighty dragon, but he is sprayed with so much poison that he survives only long enough to stagger backwards nine steps before falling down dead himself. This seems to be the order of battle as each member of Chaos becomes paired up with a member of good, and each is cancelled out by killing the other. Only the young Gods survive the battle, and of course Surt, who lives because Freyr gave away his famous sword that could have killed the Fire Giant when he was courting Gerd, through his messenger Skirnir.
As evil as Fenrir was at least Tyr did not mind caring for that vicious beast. None of the Aesir wanted anything to do with the great serpent Jormungand, which is why it was thrown into the ocean depths by Odin to neutalize it. And judging by the destructive powers it will demonstrate during Ragnarok it appears that Odin made the right decision, although it turned out to be only a temporary fix. The poisons that this great dragon spits out reminds me of the snakes that spit out poisons that you see on those nature shows. Only this one is 1000's of times larger, and can destroy everything in its path.
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