The Spiral Staircase salutes the Kraken, that crusty and inscrutable sea monster of Norse lore. O mighty Kraken of the mile-long tentacles, I hope you are having a nice day.
The Kraken has been getting some serious play lately. He features prominently in Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest.
There's a nice Kraken-related sub-plot in the cute middle grade novel Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotson.
Plus, Ethan wrote a song called "What the Kraken Knows."
Which raises a good question: What does the Kraken know? Is he angry that he got no residuals from the huge-grossing sequel? Is he lonely? Does he wish there were another Kraken out there somewhere?
The Kraken, by Tennyson
Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battening 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.