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Nidhogg Tearer of Corpses by GENZOMAN Nidhogg Tearer of Corpses by GENZOMAN
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LETS WIKIATTACK!

In Norse mythology, Níđhöggr (Malice Striker, often anglicized Nidhogg) is a dragon who gnaws at a root of the world tree, Yggdrasil. In historical Viking society, níđ was a term for a social stigma implying the loss of honor and the status of a villain. Thus, its name might refer to its role as a horrific monster or in its action of chewing the corpses of the inhabitants of Náströnd: those guilty of murder, adultery, and oath-breaking, which Norse society considered among the worst possible crimes.

According to the Gylfaginning part of Snorri Sturluson's Prose Edda, Níđhöggr is a being which gnaws one of the three roots of Yggdrasill. It is sometimes believed that the roots are trapping the beast from the world. This root is placed over Niflheimr and Níđhöggr gnaws it from beneath. The same source also says that "The squirrel called Ratatöskr runs up and down the length of the Ash, bearing envious words between the eagle and Nídhöggr". In the Skáldskaparmál section of the Prose Edda Snorri specifies Níđhöggr as a serpent in a list of names of such creatures:      These are names for serpents: dragon, Fafnir, Iormungand, adder, Nidhogg, snake, viper, Goin, Moin, Grafvitnir, Grabak, Ofnir, Svafnir, masked one. Snorri's knowledge of Níđhöggr seems to come from two of the Eddic poems: Grímnismál and Völuspá.  Later in Skáldskaparmál, Snorri includes Níđhöggr in a list of various terms and names for swords.

The poem Grímnismál identifies a number of beings which live in Yggdrasill. The tree suffers great hardship from all the creatures which live on it. The poem identifies Níđhöggr as tearing at the tree from beneath and also mentions Ratatoskr as carrying messages between Níđhöggr and the eagle who lives at the top of the tree. Snorri Sturluson often quotes Grímnismál and clearly used it as his source for this information.  The poem Völuspá mentions Níđhöggr twice. The first instance is in its description of Náströnd.

"A hall I saw,far from the sun,On Nastrond it stands,and the doors face north,Venom dropsthrough the smoke-vent down,For around the wallsdo serpents wind. I there saw wadingthrough rivers wildtreacherous menand murderers too,And workers of illwith the wives of men;There Nithhogg suckedthe blood of the slain,And the wolf tore men;would you know yet more?"

 The most prevalent opinion is that the arrival of Níđhöggr heralds Ragnarök and thus that the poem ends on a tone of ominous warning.

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:iconkunyka:
KunYKA Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Was it really bound?
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FSudol Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Professional Filmographer
The tan colors with the red eye really give this snake illustration a unique look. Amazing artwork, Genzoman.
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JackelxD Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
that is an awesome texture on the snakes back really solidifies the piece and gives it a horrific feel, well done
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MagianMistress Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Mythology is filled with creatures I NEVER wanna meet.. like this one.
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Phoenix52 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
This creature symbolizes the corrupting darkness that gnaws away at the core of a persons being until they can no longer distinguish right from wrong. We all probably meet this monster every day mwahahahah
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MagianMistress Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That´s unfortunately undeniable.
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UnbearableME Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
really good i really like norse mythhology :)
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ColonelWarriorDietz Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Reminds me of a description of Apophos, Egyptian Serpent of Chaos.
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klatuk4u Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
God that is awesome!  I love your works by the way!
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nidhoggr-dragen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
its me!!! 

soy yo!! jajajaja
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Galinas-Claim Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Very cool!  Very well done!
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small-myth Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Cool :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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jaguare19 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Muy bueno,
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nragaglia Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
WTF HOW COOOOOOOOOOOL MANNN!!!!
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IronickTV Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fav!
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Winter-Twilight Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Absolutely Awesome. I love the colors and depicted lighting. The eyes are especially impressive.
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scorpionjb Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
amazning
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kewlupetrew Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Jamas pude obtener esa carta :(
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julian0123 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Great picture.
In some versions, I think it's a dragon.
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DragonsChild666 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well the Norse often fused the concepts of snakes and dragons so ur not far off.
Also in, I think it said it was in Völuspá, at the end of the seer predictions of Ragnarok it states the a dragon will rise from the beneath the earth with the bodies of the slain on its pinions. Seeing as Nidhogg is never mentioned dying in the battle and it feeds on the dead I personally think that the dragon mentioned may be Nidhogg having grown wings whilst feasting on those who died during Ragnarok.
Just a personal opinion of course but it does have enough links to make it plausible even if not certain.
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Xonky-36-X Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
sssssssssss-subarashi X)
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Art-Eli Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wow, beautiful one! i love the details :D
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YaminoHakushaku Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Mythology is very interesting thing to learn about the gods/goddess, creatures, people, and landsInteresting GIF Run  
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MOMOpJonny Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Have you done the 7 deadly sins?
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Neiot Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your artwork has been featured for June in this group: Kelacao
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hypn0s-sama Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
The World Serpent... Simply magnific work, i love it.
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DragonsChild666 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Afraid not mate, Nidhogg is the dragon beneath Yggdrasil not the World Serpent.
The World Serpent is Jormungand who is bound beneath the ocean coiling its body around the globe until Ragnarok, despite Thor's 2-3 attempts to lift it up, where it then slays Thor with its venom while being slain by him as well. The ultimate draw ;p
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hypn0s-sama Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
:O You're right... I went to read a little, my mistake... Still a great tale and a amazing pic.
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DragonsChild666 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is and whenever anyone learns more about the myths of the world and enjoy learning about them it makes me happy lol
After all learning about the different myths from around the world is 1 of my main interests lmao
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hypn0s-sama Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
I get that... The old myths are amazing, im not very familiar with egypcians myths and I know just some things about nordics, but I don't know why i'm more driven into greek gods, Olimpians stories and the panteon of Zeus. Tho I still find nordic tales fascinating, specially the name of things, the pronounce of everything... It has such a strong and powerful name, thats utterly amazing.
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DragonsChild666 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know what you mean, there are some cool names in it.
Like the one u mistook Nidhogg for, Jormungand (your-mun-gone-d), just sounds epic when pronounced right lol
though I'll admit I used to say it wrong thinking the J was pounced the same as English, not as a Y ;p
As for the Greek Pantheon I don't think its weird you like them so much given the lost and interesting stories about them.
1 of my favourites is the fall of Cronus to his 3 sons, the ultimate bad father punishment lol
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hypn0s-sama Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Hahahaha! Cronus tale is amazing indeed, that was some serious punishment right there. But he was some badass father tho.
And I understand the mispell of the Nordic Myths. Some words just don't sound the same and i guess that's what makes it sound so epic, Jormungand is an amazing name. It's like i've mentioned, the pronounce sounds rough, brute.. Just as the tales themselves.
It's just amazing
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DragonsChild666 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So True ;p
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hobbitshire Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Slendid work, great detail and impact.
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draggucci Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it's awesome that you stick with mythologies. Love the art and references you give. Thank you for sharing your art.
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PemaMendez Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
"whoa!" - literalmente mi primera reacción al ver el thumbnila.

muy buena pieza para variar la galeria :o me encanta la depicción del monstruo!
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coraltooth Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh wow, this is amazing! Splendid job indeed GENZOMAN
Haha, 'Wikiattack' time! \o/ How cool. I love Norse Mythology.
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klanus Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Siiiiccck!!!!!!Awww 
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EmiyaForjadeHierro Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Genial diseńo, muy original
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InemanLukas Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist
Very good creation!!;) (Wink) +fav 
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RENEWAL-ART Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks kin of angry, doesn't it? :)
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Zeroxee Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Dem details, awesome! :D
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TswordZ Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
wow, da miedito... :iconscaredplz:
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RaptecClawtooth Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
curioso
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V0LK3R9 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Very interesting design but can't unsee the clitoris in his mouth.
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DragonsChild666 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL nice one, never thought anyone would call something that spews Venom a clitoris lol
Please no Sexist remarks anyone ;p
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V0LK3R9 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Upon a google search, seems that is indeed snake anatomy. Snakes are weird.
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Flight4590 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
that is TERRIFYING YESH the bow from fe8 first showed me the name and this is amazing
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Technosauor Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Clap Clap Clap Clap Awesome Work!!!
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CrimsonStriker Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Pure Awesomeness!!
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