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Lindorm, Lindworm, Lindwyrm Facts

Wyvern | Basilisk | Hydra | Amphiptere/Quetzalcoatl | Guivre
Dragonet | Drake | Faerie | > Lindworm | Wyrm

wayne england
[full size]: "Landwyrms" (these may be a variation of the traditional Lindworm,
since they have four legs), by Wayne England.
Copyright Wizards of the Coast.

1. Similar to the European Wyrm.

2. Falls between the birdlike wyvern and the snakelike guivre. Has a serpentine body with one pair of legs, or forelimbs.

3. Lindworms cannot fly.

4. The name consists of two Germanic roots meaning "ensnaring serpent".

5. Are supposedly very large and eat cattle, horses, and human bodies. They also invade churches and churchyards.

6. Would also dig up corpses in churchyards, which contributes to their reputation as a creature of death, war and disease.

7. In legend, the hero Siegfried conquered a lindwyrm that lived near the town of Worms in Germany.

8. In 1335, when the skull of a wooly rhinoceros was found in a cave nearby Klagenfurt in Germany, it was believed to be a dragon's skull.

9. In Nordic and German heraldry, the lindworm is the same as a wyvern, though the folkloric lindworm lacks wings.

10. The Italian traveller, Marco Polo, wrote of the lindworm in his travelogue. The book title I know of is "The Description of the World beyond Venice".

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