(Norwegian, whirling stream). There are about fifty
maelströms off the coast of Norway, but the one Englishmen delight to
tremble at is at the foot of the Lofoten Islands, between the islands
of Moskenes and Mosken, where the water is pushed and jostled a good
deal, and when the wind and tide are contrary it is not safe for small
boats to venture near.
It was anciently thought that the Maelström was a subterranean
abyss, penetrating the globe, and communicating with the Gulf of
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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