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Adventures in Demon Hunting 11, or An Account of Creatures Strange and Wondrous: Lindwurm

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.

Fafnir as a Lindwurm, from Arthur Rackham's illustrations for Wagner's Siegfried.

Fafnir as a Lindwurm, from Arthur Rackham's illustrations for Wagner's Siegfried.

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.

LindwurmIt 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.

Klagenfurt, Austria has a fountain shaped like a lindwurm

Klagenfurt, Austria has a fountain shaped like a lindwurm

That is it for the demon hunting (for now). Now go home, watch No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and have some sushi.

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About teresawilde

Author of Young Adult Paranormals, Paranormal Romance, Historical Paranormal Romance, tragical- comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, and poem unlimited.

4 responses to “Adventures in Demon Hunting 11, or An Account of Creatures Strange and Wondrous: Lindwurm

  1. Jolaine ⋅

    Even by fairy tale standards, that Danish story is bizarre. I did like the thoughtful detail about the nail-studded barrel, but I was baffled by the tin sandwich in a sieve.
    Anyway, Teresa, thanks for a spectacular final chapter in the annals of The Great Demon Hunting Expedition.

  2. teresawilde ⋅

    I just like to say Lindwurm. Say it with me. Lindwurm.

  3. thanks Teresa you have a really fun blog. cool research on cool stuff and i like your writing style. glad the young adult crowd has someone so literate trying to break into the field. Lindwurm. It is fun to say.

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