When I woke up this morning, turned on my iPhone, and saw today’s one-word prompt, “release,” the phrase “release the kraken” popped into my still half asleep head. I knew that the phrase came from either a book or a movie I had read or seen, but I couldn’t remember the source or even what the hell a kraken is. So I Googled it.
According to Wikipedia, the kraken is a legendary sea monster of giant size that is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. Authors over the years have postulated that the legend originated from sightings of giant squids that may grow to 40–50 feet in length. The sheer size and fearsome appearance attributed to the kraken have made it a common ocean-dwelling monster in various fictional works. It was first described by the Dane Erik Pontoppidan in 1752.
Never having read anything written by Erik Pontoppidan, I knew that he was not the source for the “release the kraken” phrase I was remembering. So I dug deeper.
And that’s when I learned that I recalled the phrase “release the kraken” from the 1981 movie, “Clash of the Titans.” In that movie, the kraken is the pet of Poseidon, and Zeus orders it to destroy Argos to punish Acrisius, the king of Argos, from casting his wife and Perseus into the sea.
I don’t specifically remember seeing that movie, nor it’s remake in 2010. But somehow the phrase etched itself into my brain. It basically means to let all hell break loose. The Urban Dictionary defines the phrase as “to own, to kick the ass of whomever it is that you’re releasing the kraken on.
So today I am going to totally release the kraken on you, my readers. Enjoy.