Basic Guide to Nidhogg in Norse Mythology

There were many dragon-like creatures in Norse mythology. As a rule of thumb, they were villains in the myth. Jormungand the dragon like serpent that killed Thor Thunder God or Fafnir the dragon who killed his father for his greed. And in this blog post, we shall discover more about Nidhogg the dragon who had an incredible ambition in Norse myth. Basic guide to Nidhogg.

No sources mentioned from which place that Nidhogg came from. In the myth, he lived under the roots of Yggdrasil Tree of Life. He spent most of his time gnawing at the roots of the tree and exchanging curses with the eagle on the top branch of the Great Tree. The biggest ambition in Nidhogg’s life was to make the Yggdrasil Tree collapse. Because he believed that when the Yggdrasil tree collapse, the eagle whom he hated the most would die first for the tree would hit the eagle first. Ridiculous as this might sound, Nidhogg really devoted all of his time and efforts to killing his sworn enemy living above him.

Basic guide to Nidhogg in Norse mythology
Nidhogg and the Veðrfölnir exchanged curses. The squirrel Ratatoskr helped to run across the Yggdrasil to spread message.

The place Nidhogg lived was the Nastrond. This was one of the places in Hel which the dead human would come and live there. Nastrond was the least wanted place in Norse mythology. Because all of the people in Midgard wanted to join Odin in Asgard. However, this Nastrond place is now in dispute because many scholars believe Nastrond was added later to the mythology by the Christians.

Nidhogg dragon in in Voluspa

Nidhogg the serpent in Norse mythology. Basic guide to Nidhogg
Nidhogg spent all of his time gnawing at the roots of Yggdrasil. Basic guide to Nidhogg.

I saw there wading
through rivers wild
Treacherous men
and murderers too,
And workers of ill
with the wives of men;
There Nithhogg sucked
the blood of the slain,
And the wolf tore men;
would you know yet more?

Völuspá

In the battle of the Ragnarok, on hearing the tearing sound of Jormungand and the howling growl of Fenrir, Hel the Queen of Death sent the ship of deceased warriors to join Midgard. Nidhogg also followed the ship and came at the door of Asgard.

From below the dragon
dark comes forth,
Nithhogg flying
from Nithafjoll;
The bodies of men on
his wings he bears,
The serpent bright:
but now must I sink.

Völuspá

From the mentioned stanza, possibly Nidhogg fell down in the battle of Ragnarok. This opens many questions as to the belief in the goods always winning the bads. Although the Norse pantheon collapsed, one new generation would raise and carry on the legacy.

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