Thor vs the Midguard Serpent Backpiece

Monday July 15, 2013

I just finished this fun backpiece of the Norse God Thor fighting the epic battle against the Midguard Serpent. This was my clients first tattoo, go big or go home.  The art is based of an album cover from the band Amon Amarth, a  melodic death metal band from Tumba, Sweden, founded in 1992. It takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom, a volcano in J. R. R. Tolkien′s Middle-earth.  The tattoo took aprox. 45 hours total and was done with Silverback Inks.  In Norse mythology, Jörmungandr (Old NorseJormungandr, pronounced ['j?rmu?gandr]), often written Jormungand, or Jörmungand and also known as the Midgard Serpent (Old NorseMidgarðsormr), or World Serpent, is a sea serpent, the middle child of the giantess Angrboða and the god Loki. According to the Prose EddaOdin took Loki's three children by Angrboða, the wolf FenrirHel and Jörmungandr, and tossed Jörmungandr into the great ocean that encircles Midgard.[1] The serpent grew so large that he was able to surround the earth and grasp his own tail.[1] As a result, he received the name of the Midgard Serpent or World Serpent. When he lets go, the world will end. Jörmungandr's arch-enemy is the god Thor.