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Ragnarok end of the world: 100 days until doomsday, Norse 'doom of the gods'

Image of what Ragnarok may look like
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Daily Mail

Is Ragnarok, the end of the world, coming within 100 days to mark humankind’s doomsday? With the sounding of a historic trumpet this week marking the “doom of the gods” on the horizon, Norse mythology suggests that the end of earth as we know it may be arriving soon. The Daily Mail reports this Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, that legend has it a great fight between the giant wolf Fenrir and overarching god Odin would take place this week, resulting in a literal apocalypse of fire, ruin, and war.

While some are still reeling from the failed Mayan prophecy, Ragnarok end of the world myths still live on this month. With the blowing of an ancient instrument from York warning of the impending Viking doomsday, rumor has it that the world may end in 100 days. According to the legend, the god Odin would be killed by the massive wolf, a creature named Fenrir. Everything from the sky to the earth below would be ravaged with poison and destruction, causing the oceans to roil up in the battle’s aftermath of the doom of the gods.

Before the actual apocalypse arrives, the world would suffer a consecutive three winters of freezing cold and wind. It would be the call of the horn, blown just this Feb. 22, 2014, that signals the doomsday of humankind remains but a number of weeks off. The powerful instrument would have the power to summon forth the sons of Odin to the blood-scarred battlefield, where Odin would die from the catastrophic fight. The Norse mythology story affirms that Ragnarok’s ultimate arrival would only be heralded by this horn, marking nothing less than the very end of the world.

According to the legend, another Norse god, called Heimdallr, would be the figure to sound the mythical horn, known as Gjallerhorn, to alert the many peoples of the world that the Viking apocalypse was nigh. Almost literally translated to “Doom of the Gods,” the Ragnarok end of the world myth is said to result in a devastating winter. (Many people in the U.S. would be willing to attest to a particular harsh last few months of winter, no doubt.)

Within this legendary encounter, all morality upon the earth would vanish. Fights would erupt not just between Odin and Fenrir, but between mortal cultures and civilizations around the globe, eventually throwing all into chaos at the beginning of the close. Ragnarok would be complete after another tremendous wolf, Skoll, would then eat the sun out of the sky. His brother, Hati, would proceed to consume the moon, plunging the world into total darkness after the stars left space.

Norse mythology experts believe that this horn blowing and 100 days until the end of the world would officially begin its countdown yesterday, on Feb. 22, 2014. Doomsday or no, legends like this always spark great interest and amazement of the historic myths that created the diverse history of earth’s peoples.

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