The Wyrm as a distant and primitive relative of the Dragon is much more able to fight and although it has no fire, still has qualities such as high body temperatures. Come and learn more about this extraordinary beast.
Types of Wyrm
In different European folklore, a “wyrm” is usually described as a dragon without limbs or with the appearance of a giant snake. With the exception of the “Metaphysical Armed Dragon”, the first Wyrm belonged to the “Yang Zing” archetype, whose appearance seems to be based on mythological animals from the Chinese tradition. This makes them similar to existing monsters, such as “Dragon Tiger” or “Dragon of the East“.
Wyrms are generally seen as a type of dragon, although they are very serpentine in nature, often just a big snake that can breathe poison.
Origins and Myth
The Wyrm is the most legendary of all dragons, it has been in this world for so long that the riches it hides among its scales are enormous, including scrolls of empowerment, potions, magic wands and of course a large amount of gold. But his greatest treasure is so embedded in his skin that only those who get rid of it can get it after dismembering it.
Originally, the term is an ancient English word meaning “snake”. It is commonly found in ancient Europe of poems, where it referred to a dragon without wings.
In Nordic mythology, it’s a very large snake, with supernatural abilities, often portrayed as evil and related to poison.
Níðhöggr is a prominent example. It is a very large snake that gnaws at the roots of the world tree, Yggdrasil. It was seen as horrible and dishonorable. He chewed the corpses of the most despised of the Nordic society; the dead who in life were rapists and breakers of oaths.
The best known is Midgard’s snake, Jörmungandr, which goes round the world and bites its own tail. He is considered one of the factors responsible for Ragnarok, and some mistakenly consider him to be the one who eats from God, although this is not technically correct, since in reality he does not eat any god. This is a more appropriate term for his brother, Fenrir, a wolf.
Like many Wyrms in European mythology, Jörmungandr is related to poison. It is said to poison the skies; Thor is to kill the snake, and then walk nine steps before falling from its venom. (The number nine seems to be important in Nordic mythology).
Physically bigger than his predecessors and lacking in limbs (most of them). Its large size helps it to have an advantage in any battle, although it can also play against fast opponents.
Its head resembles that of a crocodile in many illustrations, although it can also be seen with a snake’s head.
Depending on the mythology that has adopted it, it is said that it is even able to speak, even if it is in a very old and almost dead language that few already know.
There are writings of travellers and warriors who comment that they have crossed the internal channels of the beast such as its stomach or intestines, as if it were a river of death that no one would wish to know.
Although he has a likeness to snakes, the Wyrm is also known to carry fur in various areas of his body such as that of a mammal. It can also be said that in these parts there are vulnerable points where to attack in case of confronting one of them.
Spending much of their time in the dark and semi-dark, their eyes are extremely large and light sensitive. This makes them vulnerable in the bright light of day but perfectly designed for nocturnal forays.
Many Wyrms are found in the British Isles and in the lowlands of Western Europe. Writings have also been found where they claim to have been seen in the wild water areas of North America.
Shunning the places of man, Wyrms prefer to live in deep caves with ready access to flowing water. This choice of habitat has led some to speculate that the Loch Ness Monster is, in fact, a wyrm with underwater cave access to the loch for feeding or a leisurely swim.
Wyrms are notorious for their ravenous appetites and total disregard for boundaries and personal property. They eat when and what they choose, up to and including people. The truth, however, is far less dramatic. Wyrms are certainly dangerous but seldom cross human paths unless there are serious food shortages or territorial disputes.
When human villages were morphing into towns, then swelling into cities, both of these conditions were present and bloody clashes, while not commonplace, were frequent enough to become a fixture in the local ethos. Today, with numbers greatly reduced, they pose the greater danger to unwary spelunkers and greedy geologists drilling where they ought not.