Does the Lagarfljót Worm Exist?

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The Lagarfljót WormIceland. Lagarfljót. A freshwater lake entrenched in a deep and brooding mystery. According to legend, in 1345, a girl was given a gold ring by her mother. Asked how best to derive profit from the gold, she was told to place it under a lingworm. She put it on her linen chest but she found the lingworm growing to exceptional size. It broke open the chest. Frightened, the little girl threw the gold ring and the worm into the lake, where the worm continued to grow, spreading terror and fear among the local community, spitting poison and killing people and animals. Two men were called in to destroy the beast and retrieve the gold. They managed to tie its head and tail to the bottom of the lake, but it proved impossible to kill…

Since 1345, there have been many, many sightings. Many think it heralds some awful natural disaster. A serpentine beast nearly 40 feet long. Possibly able to clamber out of the water and coil up along the shore. Many also believe that is has many humps.

In 1983, contractors laying telephone cable registered a large mass shifting near the eastern shore. After recovering the broken cable they were replacing, they found it was broken where the large mass had been registered. The cable was specially engineered not to break, yet it was torn to shreds.

Video footage emerged in 2012 purporting to show the animal. A variety of commissions were set up to investigate the footage, but many of the commissions disagree about what was seen in the icy waters. Some think it’s just an inanimate object, drifting rapidly through the water. Others have concluded that the footage was genuine.

Many think the sightings are a hallucination. Gases rising from the lakebed through openings warp the atmosphere, perhaps creating an optical illusion. Flotsam coming down from the mountains that feed into the lake have also been suggested as a possible solution to the mystery. As for the more unusual aspects of the story, many put them down to the fantastical elements of the legend. That it spawned a story perhaps greater than the sum of its parts.

So I’ll give this creature a 70 on my patented Cryptid-o-Meter, putting it 12th in the list of 24, with the Basilisk still bottom and the Beast of Gévauden still holding top spot.

The Lagarfljót Worm. A fascinating cryptid indeed.

Ciao :)(:


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1) An artist’s impression of the Lagarfljót Worm (credit: cryptidz.wikia.com)


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