Karen’s Folklore Tidbits – The Kraken
The origins of the Kraken have been traced back to the coasts of Greenland and Norway,from as far back as the 15 and 16th centuries. Sailors that have sailed the northern seas have depicted this creature mostly as large sea creatures that can span out more then a mile across, with huge octopus like tentacles. The Kraken are famous in stories for their Camouflage abilities and their ability to tear whole ships apart.
In the late 14th century there were many stories of sailors awakening on top of the Kraken. These cunning creatures would surface and wait silently in the water for unsuspecting ships to mistake them for small islands. Then the Kraken would then encircle them with its huge body and drag the poor souls beneath the sea. Its been said that it could consume a whole fleet of ships in one go.
The word Kraken derives from Scandinavia meaning [ something twisted] The Kraken will be found in the deepest oceans, anchored to the floor very near huge underwater caverns which suffice as their underwater dwellings. It is said that with their size and strength, they could wrestle the largest of sperm whales with ease. There are many sightings of huge whales that have terrible scarring which they received during their encounters with the Kraken. Some believe the scars come from the poisonous suckers on the Kraken’s tentacles . Most sightings of this formidable creature have been known to happen immediately before volcanic activity on the sea bed. Many also appear in waters that develop dangerous currents and when there are sightings of many small inlets.
The poem by Lord Tennyson really captures the essence of the Kraken.
by Alfred Tennyson
Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumber’d and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
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Posted on February 1, 2014, in Folklore and tagged cryptozoolology, european folklore, Folklore, Folklore tidbits, Mariner Folklore, scandinavian folklore, sea folklore, Sea monsters. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.