Ragnarok is upon us. That is correct: Ragnarok, the end-of-the-world series of battles espoused in Norse mythology. And it is imminent. As in soon -- real soon. In fact, word is, the battles to end everything and establish a new order will commence this weekend. In England.
The Daily Mail reported Feb. 18 that on Saturday, Feb. 22, the beginning of the battles between the gods and the giants that is Ragnarok, sort of Viking armageddon slash apocalypse, will erupt in York, England. At least, that's what the Jorvik Viking Centre has predicted.
It's not a bad prediction, considering there's a festival in York to mark the end of winter, what Vikings celebrated as the feast of Jolablot. This way, hundreds of modern-day Vikings will be on hand to fight the good fight when Ragnarok begins. Failing that, they'll still be able to celebrate -- eat, drink, and be merry, for death awaits on the morrow -- and pretend to be Valhalla's denizens as they pummel each other with homemade swords.
As for the Viking apocalypse, according to Norse mythology, Ragnarok begins after a three-year winter (sans summers), after the stars fall from the sky, and the Earth is rocked by numerous earthquakes. Morality ceases to exist and violence breaks out all over the world. This is the beginning of the end.
Then (per the Daily Mail), the Earth will be rent asunder as minions of Hel escape and: "The wolf Fenrir is also predicted to break out of his prison, the snake Jormungandr will rise out of the sea and the dragon of the underworld will resurface on Earth to face the dead heroes of Valhalla – who, of course, have descended from heaven to fight them."
Odin and many of the creator gods die in the epic end times battle. However, those that survive will see the world restored, inhabited by the surviving gods and two human survivors. The Earth will sink into the sea and pave the way for a utopia of infinite resources.
It's been awhile since we've had a popular doomsday scenario (except for those of us who attend fundamentalist places of worship, places that thrive on open-ended impending end times scenarios), so it was about time for an end-of-the-world prediction or potential apocalyptic event. The last big end-of-the-world scenario came with the very misunderstand Maya calendar doomsday prediction, a prognostication that placed the end of time at December 21, 2012, because that was when the calendar reached its endpoint. The problem, however, with that particular doomsday scenario was that, like with any other calendar, time does not end with the Maya calendar's last record of time, but simply started counting forward from the endpoint to the end of a succeeding time period (just like observing a 12-month cycle for most wall calendars).
So are you ready for the Viking apocalypse? Think Ragnarok is nigh? Or do you think the only way you'll see Thor this weekend is if you rent one of the Marvel Paramount movies?