the dictionary of norse mythology


NITHOG NIDHUG Corpse Tearer The dragon that lived in niflheim at the foot of the World Tree, yggdrasil, and gnawed at its roots. The squirrel ratatosk brought gossipy messages between the eagle at the top of the tree and the dragon at the roots. As well as feeding upon the roots of the sacred tree, Nithog fed on the corpses washed down from nastrond into the bubbling cauldron of hvergelmir. At ragnarok, the end of the world, Nithog would harvest many corpses and survive to live in the new world.

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