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28 29 the Worm A Northern European dragon who has a serpentine shape but lacks wings or legs is termed a Worm or Lindworm, from the Norse ormr meaning dragon. The embodiment of stuck or stagnant energies, the Worm has very few redeeming features. Described as a serpent with a horned, reptilian or horselike head, its traditional natural habitat is in wet or damp places, like lakes, wells, the sea, or bogs, where it may also sometimes be found coiled around a small conical hill. There are many references to the Worm in Great Britain the Gurt Vurm of Shervage Wood lived in Somerset, and near Pitempton, in Scotland, is the broken base of a Pictish cross called Martins Stone. Carved at its base is fat serpent lying across a zigzag line. It is here, in legend, that a wormlike dragon was slain by a man named Martin. The legend of the Northumbrian Lambton Worm tells of the Lambton heir catching an unpleasantlooking worm while fishing, which he throws into a well. There it grows and grows until it is a danger to everything. The heir rectifies his mistake by standing on a stone in the middle of a river wearing a knifestudded suit of armour. When the worm tries to crush him, its body is cut to pieces which are swept away in the rivers fast flowing current, thus preventing it from regenerating. The cover of an 1875 pamphlet recounting the legend of the famous Lampton Worm
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