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Nidhogg Tearer of Corpses by GENZOMAN Nidhogg Tearer of Corpses by GENZOMAN
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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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JackelxD Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
that is an awesome texture on the snakes back really solidifies the piece and gives it a horrific feel, well done
MagianMistress Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Mythology is filled with creatures I NEVER wanna meet.. like this one.
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
MagianMistress Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That´s unfortunately undeniable.
UnbearableME Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
really good i really like norse mythhology :)
ColonelWarriorDietz Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Reminds me of a description of Apophos, Egyptian Serpent of Chaos.
klatuk4u Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
God that is awesome!  I love your works by the way!
nidhoggr-dragen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
its me!!! 

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Galinas-Claim Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Very cool!  Very well done!
small-myth Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
Cool :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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