Thors Reise ins Jenseits – hin und zurück.

Thors Reise ins Jenseits – hin und zurück.

„If a head and a book clash and there is a hollow sound, is it always the book’s fault?“- Georg Lichtenberg (1742-99).
In a book of Germanic mythology there is a tale in which Germanic God Thor travels to Utgard, the Realm of the Beyond, and enters the hall of king Loki and his men who, all giants, receive Thor scornfully on account of his small size, and demand that he shows them what he is capable of.
King Loki, who wanted to demonstrate to Thor that, although famous for his enormous strength, he was no match for the giants, the inhabitants of Utgard. To this end, Thor was given the task to lift the king’s cat. Thor tried with all his might to lift her, but the cat stayed put on the ground. In a second attempt he failed again, even though this time he was able to get at least one paw off the ground.
The next day, bidding farewell to Thor, king Loki revealed to him that what he thought was a cat, nothing but an ordinary cat, had been in reality a section of the serpent which encircles the entire world. He, the king, and his men had been filled with fright because they witnessed how close Thor had actually come to tearing that serpent loose from the world, almost breaking the uroboric circle, which would have had world-changing consequences.

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