Region of origin: Scandinavia

A gossipy little jerk, Ratatoskr was a squirrel who made his home on Yggdrasil, the World-Tree of Norse mythology. He would scamper up and down the trunk from Níðhöggr, the dragon encircling the tree’s roots, to the eagle and hawk perched at its top, passing along news and information. But Ratatoskr began spreading slander and fabricated slights between the two during his journeys along the trunk, sewing animosity and discord in addition to literally gnawing away at the tree as he went.

Originally posted on Tumblr on August 13, 2016

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