Folklore Friday - The Stoor Worm
A gigantic evil sea serpent, the Stoor Worm contaminates plants, and destroys animals and humans with it's putrid breath. Inhabiting the sea, the Stoor Worm is a mythical creature created by malevolent spirits. This gigantic beast has an enormous appetite and can demolish ships and houses with it's forked tongue, using it as a pair of tongs it can even drag whole villages and hillsides into the ocean. One account describes the beast's eyes as being round, like lochs, and very deep and dark. The length of the serpent's body has been described as 'beyond telling' and reached thousands and thousands of miles into the sea.
The word 'Stoor'
comes from the Scots term from the later 14th century,
describing fighting or battles, also applying to 'violent
conflicts' of the weather elements. The term 'worm' was used in
Scots to refer to a dragon or serpent.
One story tells of the king of one country being so threatened by the beast's arrival that he sacrificed seven virgins to the beast. When this did not work, out of desperation the King issued a proclamation offering his kingdom, his daughter's hand in marriage, and a magic sword to anyone who could destroy the Stoor Worm.
Assipattle, the son of a local farmer, defeated the creature. When it died, it's teeth fell out and became the islands of Orkney, Shetland and the Faroes. It's body became Iceland.