Kraken ( /ˈkreɪkən/ or /ˈkrɑːkən/) are legendary sea monsters of giant proportions said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland.
In modern German, Krake (plural and declined singular: Kraken) means octopus but can also refer to the legendary Kraken. In Norwegian, Kraken is the definiteform of krake, a word that can refer to the legendary creature (can also mean “frail, poor being”, or “crooked, withered tree”).
Although fictional and the subject of myth, the legend of the Kraken continues to the present day, with numerous references existing in popular culture, includingfilm, literature, television, video games and other miscellaneous examples (e.g. postage stamps, a rollercoaster ride and a rum product).