The Midgard serpent gaped wide at the bait, and the hook stuck fast in his mouth.
The ancient name for it was the Midgard serpent, and doubtless, for the old myth-maker, it had another significance.
But this may be a reflection of Norse myths of the Midgard serpent, sometimes equated with Leviathan.
So he turned, and went on his way till he came to Thrudvang, resolving if he had an opportunity to attack the Midgard serpent.
But he had already resolved to make that attack on the Midgard serpent which afterwards took place.
So they rowed till Hymir cried out that if they proceeded further they might be in danger from the Midgard serpent.
In Ragnarok the Midgard serpent came suddenly upon Thor and blew venom onto him, and thus struck him dead.
But the Midgard serpent was a more dangerous beast even than Death.