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monster of the North Sea, 1755, from Norwegian dialectal krake.
a fabulous Scandinavian sea monster perhaps imagined on the basis of chance sightings of giant squids. It appears in literature in a poem of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's juvenilia called "The Kraken." Below the thunders of the upper deep,Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleepThe Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights fleeAbout his shadowy sides; above him swell Huge sponges of millenial growth and height;And far away into the sickly light,From many a wondrous grot and secret cell Unnumber'd and enormous polypiWinnow with giant arms the slumbering green.There hath he lain for ages, and will lieBattening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep, Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;Then once by man and angels to be seen,In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die