10. The Kraken
- Norse Mythology
We’ve all heard the legend of the Kraken. It was a sea monster mentioned for hundreds of years by sailors. They were most commonly linked to pirates who told tall tales consistently. Yet the story of the Kraken first began with the Vikings. It is widely believed that the tale of the Kraken comes from real-life accounts of giant squids. We know it is possible that Vikings would have come across giant squids in their travels. Of course, stories about their sea travels could take on a life of their own.
This is likely why the Kraken took off and ended up being used in numerous fictional stories. The fact that the origin began from real giant squids, likely found in the waters of Norway and Greenland, is very compelling. We still do have giant squids and octopuses in the ocean today. Of course, they are nothing like what we know the Kraken to be like. The fact that the Kracken appeared out of nowhere to take out any ship it wanted clearly made people fear the open sea. In our book, that puts you in the top monsters category for sure.