Ragnarok and the end of the world? Not likely. Just ask adherents of the Mayan (non) Apocalypse, or reference the countless predictions of Nostradamus, or listen to Michael Stipe, who poetically declared in 1987 that “It's the End of the World as We Know It,” (but he feels fine).
Umm that’s today!
The Bible word uses the word "Armageddon." For something similar, the Germans use the expression Götterdammerung and the Danes have the word Ragnarök in old Norse. They all are analogous to an end level event, a day of reckoning and a final battle between good and evil.
According to viking-mythology.com, “Ragnarok is the doom of the gods and the humans. It will be the final battle between the Aesir and Jotuns.” The Aesir are all the male gods in Norse mythology. The Jotuns are the evil giants.
“During Ragnarok the walls of Asgard, the homes of the Aesir, and the huge bridge Bifrost, will be set on fire by Surt the fire giant. The mighty Midgard serpent will be emerging from the turbulent sea and engulf the Vigrid plains, while it splashes its tail and sprays poison in all directions, causing huge waves crashing towards the land. The Fenrir wolf will break free of his chains and spread death and destruction. The sun and the moon will be swallowed by the wolfs Sköll and Hati. Even the world tree Yggdrasil, will shake the ground. “
Yikes. Way more scary than my computer not working the day after the Y2K panic.
According to the Inquisitr, no one is really taking this seriously, like many did for the Mayan calendar countdown. In fact, the Inquisitr says the “real life town of York is throwing a party to celebrate the coming of Ragnarok in true Norse fashion. We’re assuming this will involve little fighting (drunken brawling with bearded men?) but instead focus on parades and other festivities.”
The Jorvik Viking Centre in North Yorkshire is hosting it all and they’ve already announced the arrival of the Viking gods. Viking enthusiasts are gathering for a parade, mock battle, and I assume some heavy ale drinking and eating of the meat from the bone.
The Twitter universe is getting in on the action as well, at least until the physical universe falls from the sky in flaming chunks. The hashtag #Ragnarok2014 is getting some heavy use this week. For example:
Says Yahoo! News Australia: “Sorry to be a bummer, but you should know we're about 100 days into an epic battle that will culminate with the earth falling into the sea. On the bright side, at least you'll have an excuse for not going to your nephew's Chuck E. Cheese's party on Sunday.”
I think I will rent Thor today and watch it.
If you’re still around later, leave your comments below. Did you do anything to celebrate the last day of your life?