Rumors of giant monsters are nothing new. Pick out any people on any continent and there’ll be rumors of some vast, horrible creature living out in the middle of nowhere.
There’s the Yeti in Nepal. Nessie in the Loch Ness. Sasquatch in North America. (Insert joke about bloated, do-nothing US Congress here. Assume it’ll be really, really funny)
Apparently, there’s another monster to add to the family invite list during reunion time. Okay, this one has been around for a while, first sighting in 1345, but it’s a new one to this dude and that’s what counts. I mean, nothing counts until it’s noticed by an American, right?
Anyway. The monster is called Lagarfljótsormurinn. It’s found in Iceland and is a river/lake monster.
The story goes that a woman put a special worm on a gold ring to make it grow. Why a worm on a gold ring would make the ring grow, they don’t say. I think it’s something phallic, but that’s probably just me. I’ll leave it up to your imagination. Anyway, the woman came back and found, to her horror, the gold was just the same, but the worm had grown large and turgid. (nothing to see here. Move along.)
Terrified, the woman firmly grasped the worm in her two strong hands, struggling with it as she raised it up and down, up and down, until finally shoving it into the deep, wet depths of a lake. Along with the gold ring. Nope. No subtext there in that legend.
So the Lagarfljótsormurinn has been living in Iceland for a while, but sort of on the QT. Now, though, it’s cover has been blown thanks to the ubiquitous nature of video cameras on cell phones. There’s video proof(ish) of the monster’s existence!
A local, and by local I mean Icelandic, newspaper has some great video of the supposed lake monster. Go check it out. The site is in Icelandic so you might want to translate it. Of course, the translation is, like most computer-assisted translations, wildly original in its use of word and meaning, but it does (sort of) get the point across.
It might be nothing, but, then again. It might be something. And you’ll be able to say you saw a river worm grown large and turgid. Or maybe not.
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