The serpent sat beneath the world tree and gnawed at its roots. Many scholars wondered why it would do such evil, but the serpent was simply hungry. Trapped underground, it ate the only food it could find: the tender roots of the world tree where it grew from three pools.
When the mood struck it, a squirrel would venture down to the pools and taunt the serpent with tales of the worlds above.
So far it had escaped the serpent’s wrath, but the dragon spent its days chewing at the wooden bars of its prison and dreaming of squirrel meat.

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