Níðhǫggr (Nidhogg)


Níðhǫggr is the dragon that gnaws at the root of the World Tree, Yggdrasil, in Norse mythology.

One of the suspended roots of this ash looked, from this angle, a bit like a dragon. The dragon seemed to be munching on the base of the tree. Naturally, this reminded me of Norse mythology; it was a huge bonus that the tree is an ash, because that is the most commonly ascribed species for Yggdrasil (an alternate theory speculates that it may have been a yew).

Níðhǫggr (Nidhogg)


Indian ink on kaolin-coated board, 8″ x 8″