Y is for Ymir

Y is for Ymir

I really thought I had screwed myself over way back with the very first letter by choosing Abominable Snowman. I couldn’t very well do a Yeti for Y now when they’re basically the same thing. What does that leave you with for this letter?

I decided I would do Ymir – the frost giant from Norse mythology – and began googling images for it. However I noticed that a Google image search for “Ymir” kept coming up with this lizardy-looking fellow, an alien from the planet Venus who goes on a rampage in the 1950s sci-fi film 20 Million Miles to Earth, ruining the ruins of the Coliseum in Rome and – as depicted here – throwing a beatdown on an elephant. The funny thing is he’s never referred to as “The Ymir” in the film. Only in the script. Fans of cinema special effects will probably recognize him as a product of FX wizard Ray Harryhausen who is better known for his stop-motion work on Mighty Joe Young and Clash of the Titans.

Only one more to go…

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