More strange and mystical creatures encountered by intrepid Demon Hunters Teresa and Jolaine on what became known to history as The Great Demon Hunting Expedition of 2009: Lindwurm
This is the last adventures in demon hunting post. Sniff. I’m kinda sad about it. This has been fun for me, sharing this exciting expedition with you guys. But this is it. We’re done. So, at the end, I give you, the Lindwurm.
The Lindwurm is a wingless Swedish/Norse dragon (Yay Sweden!), whose legend traveled through Northern Europe, so tales of it are found in Germany, Austria, and other states. People bitten by the Lindwurm often die a horrible, writhing death from its poisonous bite.Norse lore tells us of Fafnir, a fearless dwarf who protected his father’s gold and jewels with his warrior strength. But then Loki showed up (who else) and killed Fafnir’s brother. To complicate matters (as is Loki’s wont), he then paid the brother’s blood fine with cursed gold. Fafnir was overcome with greed for the cursed money, and killed his father to get it. The curse then came over Fafnir and turned him into a Lindwurm. The hero Sigurd hid in a pit and plunged his sword into Fafnir’s heart as he walked overhead.
It shows up in British heraldry, too, as a serpent-like dragon, with two legs and no wings.
Marco Polo reported seeing Lindwurms on his trip to China, but most scholars believe that he was looking at crocodiles.
Here’s a cute Danish fairytale about a half-Lindwurm prince and a shepherd’s daughter.That is it for the demon hunting (for now). Now go home, watch No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and have some sushi.