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Snake, monster, world

Description of this motif: The wyvern and the Midgard serpent are snake creatures from Nordic mythologi. Being snakes they are related to the snake in Paradise. The wyvern is a monster, that kills and holds people from the church or protects treasures. The Midgard serpent wreathes, like the greek titan Oceanos, Earth (Midgard).


The tales are sorted by year. The leading numbers refer to the number of occurrences of the motif in the respective texts.

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