Worm and Wonder
Hey! You know what else sounds like Wyrd and Wyrm? Worm!
We’re an easy to amuse bunch here on the Hive.
Wyrd and Wonder is almost at an end, but before we do say goodbye for another year, here’s our top five worms in fantasy! (Ok and sci-fi, ssh.)
|Vidin, the purple worm from ‘All That Shimmers’ in D. P. Woolliscroft’s Tales of Kingshold. The Deep People use purple worms to carve out the tunnels and chambers of their homes. They feature a bit more prominently in the upcoming Tales of Ioth!
|Sandworms from Dune by Frank Herbert
|Vampires from the Necroscope series by Brian Lumley. Body-snatching molestation worms.
|Jörmungandr from The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris. If you’re even the tiniest bit familiar with Norse mythology then you’ve surely heard of the World Serpent. The child of Loki and the giantess Angrboda (and the brother of Hel and Fenrir), Jörmungandr was lobbed into the ocean by Odin, where he grew into a sea serpent large enough to entirely surround Midgard (Earth). Jörmungandr and his nemesis Thor are fated to kill each another during Ragnarok, but not before the World Serpent sprays half the skies and seas with poison (the other half will be set on fire by Fenrir, because teamwork).
|Last but not least among the great Worms of fantasy is D’rek, the Worm of Autumn. Known colloquially as the Mistress of Decay, this fearsome goddess is the harbinger of death, and amongst the more fickle of the gods in Erikson and Esslemont’s Malazan. Like Jörmungandr, D’rek too seems intimately connected with the end-times of her respective world, being “coiled around time itself.”