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Drawing by Halldor Baldursson

The wyrm now heaved its ugly hump
above the Lake and shook its rump.
Twenty-eight yards, as plain to tell
as the number of portals into hell.

This is Icelandic poet Jónas Hallgrímsson’s description of the strange creature lurking in Lagarfljót. Accounts agree that this creature is serpent-like, and people call it Lagarfljótsormurinn, the Lagarfljót Wyrm. However, not everyone agrees on its origins or even its existence, offering various explanations for what is seen. Some point out how natural gases rise to the lake surface and cause weird turbulence. Other hypotheses relate to ice floes, varying currents, calm stretches of water, or refracted and reflected light.

No such hypothesis, however, can fully explain every observation. To this day, people continue to report seeing the Lagarfljót Wyrm.

Whatever else might be said about the birth or origins of the Lagarfljót Wyrm, this monster of a serpent has certainly caught attention through the ages.

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hæ, hæ!

    I’d love to read the original poem by Jónas Hallgrímsson about the worm (in Icelandic). Can you tell me the name of the poem?

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