Vikings and the end of the World

Viking apocalypse due in less than 100 days

We have already survived numerous ‘end of days’ predictions, with the Mayan prophecy being the most recent, but the predictions of doom and gloom are not over yet. According to Norse mythology and Viking legend, the apocalypse is less than 100 days away.

Legend has it that the Norse God, Heimdallr, would blow the mythical Gjallerhorn to warn of the Viking apocalypse, also known as ‘Ragnarok’, which translates to ‘Doom of the Gods’. It is claimed that the so-called end of the world is due to arrive on 22nd February, 2014, although it appears that this date is a bit of a publicity stunt by the Jorvik Viking Centre to celebrate their 30th Viking festival.

Norse mythology says that the god Odin will be killed by the wolf Fenrir and all of the other "creator" gods will fall. The world will then be born again and will be repopulated by two humans.

During the world's end, the sun's beams will become black and the weather will become treacherous. The wolf Skoll would devour the sun, and his brother Hati would eat the moon, causing stars to vanish from the sky and the Earth to be thrown into eternal darkness. According to one of the prophetic poems: "Brothers will fight and kill each other, sisters' children will defile kinship. It is harsh in the world, whoredom rife - an axe age, a sword age - shields are riven - a wind age, a wolf age - before the world goes headlong. No man will have mercy on another."

According to Norse legend, the apocalypse is due to be preceded by the winter of winters. Vikings believed that three freezing winters would follow each other with no summers in between. All morality would disappear and fights would break out all over the world, signalling the beginning of the end. Well we haven’t seen the three continuous winters yet so perhaps there is hope for humanity after all.

By April Holloway

Comments

So...what you're telling me is, Winter is coming.

Brace yourselves.....Winter is coming.

We are digging at the Valley of the Gods and we really have a 100 days plan for finishing it by the end of 2013

BAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHH!!!!!

What's so funny?

It's a reference to "Game of Thrones"

It's a reference to "A Song of Ice and Fire"

A great series of books, a so-so show, anddddd...has absolutely nothing to do with Vikings.

According to whose calculations? Anyone who knows their butt from their elbow knows that Fimbulwinter has to happen BEFORE Ragnarok. 100 days isn't enough for a three year winter. Whoever made these 'calculations' off a bunch of eddic transcripts is a certified attention monger.

Alright. Seriously. Who is making this shite up? "According to calculations.." What calculations? As a heathen, I can note the calendar systems that our forebears used is still fragmented and being reconstructed by many of us, and any attempt to "calculate" Ragnarok would be highly conjectural at best, not to mention hotly contended by the general heathen community. Furthermore, Ragnarok is given no specific date by Eddic lore, and if it is, any reference to a such a date would require a level of time calculations that, as I already stated, is currently lacking. Finally, though I am not in knowledge the sayings of all heathens, I have heard no gothi/gytha, seidmadr, siedkonna, vikti/vika worth any clout saying that Ragnarok is so imminent. No all heathen tribes/people even acknowledge Ragnarok! Pulling the phrase "According to calculations..." out of one's ass does not validate crap articles.

One of the more interesting speculations about Ragnarokr was published in the Icelandic journal Hugin/Munin in the early '90's. It is that Asgard was an off-world paradise which was destroyed by a supernova over a thousand years ago, hence appearing in sacred legends of the Viking Age. Remember, though, that the Viking Age is but a blink of time in Pagan history. Thet Oera Linda Bok takes us back to 1150 BCE with Teutonic settlers fleeing a sinking Atlan and journeying to Persian and India. Voluspa is but ONE prediction, only one, and it was filtered through the Christian scribes who recorded it, so not only is the date suspect, but we may not even have the whole story.

We as humans are just a small blink of time compared to the universe, we die? we die.. that is it.

Sir, I think my analysis of the Ragnarok legend based on profs Von Dechend and De Santillana thesis on the real nature of mythological discourse had really decoded that story. My lack of familiarity with the internet had prevented me from popularizing my article. Would you be interested in reading it.

Someones been reading a bit too much Game of Thrones to get this 'prediction!'

Like Svindssohn I am also a Norse Scholar and a Heathen and like Firgung I also know of the Fimbul-winter, however I did open the link in the main text above http://www.sourcewire.com/news/80556/the-world-will-end-in-days-ragnarok.... It would appear that it is all about the 30th Jorvik festival in York, England with a tongue in cheek joke about Ragnarok ( http://www.jorvik-viking-festival.co.uk/ ). It is not a prediction that the end of the world is going to occur on the 22nd February 2014, at least I hope it is not as I may well be going to it and of course it is scheduled to run from the 15th of February to the 23rd, not a great bit of planning if the whole shooting match ends on the 22nd, or if it does do you think I will be able to get a refund?

Oh, hell, let's open a bottle and party till it comes!

No hope for humanity to begin with so BRING IT! :D

Sounds like Narnia!

Because the end of the world is something we will see coming. Because books by people. I want my 22 seconds of reading back.

On the lighter side, Vikings on the History channel was really first class. Great series. Hope all life on earth is not extinguished before I find out what happens in season two.

Sounds fun ..

So basically a comet will hit. Ison?

Im really interested in this version of apocolypse i dont think the gods themselves should be taken literally i think if you look at what the gods do its saying when man is at war and peace is killed it will happen. From my translations of gods to what the gods are in charge of yellowstone national park will blow up. The underground chasm of fire powered by the fire giant or a solar flare? Sets off the yellowstone caldera at the point where hvelgarin?- a place where the root of the ygyrin? Tree of life touches springs bubble and boil and it touches the source where rivers form, has to be yellowstone, the serpent is the storms in the sea releasing the wolves (wind?) causing floods, taking back the land, tidal surges. It also mentions the primordial echo of yrin? God of ice? Just had a polar vortex in WHERe? America!!! Look into it youll see what i mean if u think the vikings may not have know how to explain it so used storys as they could do geographical mapping. Just an idea

Im really interested in this version of apocolypse i dont think the gods themselves should be taken literally i think if you look at what the gods do its saying when man is at war and peace is killed it will happen. From my translations of gods to what the gods are in charge of yellowstone national park will blow up. The underground chasm of fire powered by the fire giant or a solar flare? Sets off the yellowstone caldera at the point where hvelgarin?- a place where the root of the ygyrin? Tree of life touches springs bubble and boil and it touches the source where rivers form, has to be yellowstone, the serpent is the storms in the sea releasing the wolves (wind?) causing floods, taking back the land, tidal surges. It also mentions the primordial echo of yrin? God of ice? Just had a polar vortex in WHERe? America!!! Look into it youll see what i mean if u think the vikings may not have know how to explain it so used storys as they could do geographical mapping. Just an idea

Wondering.... how many 'ends of world' is stil to come, and whoes next...... Anastasi...., Eskimo, or perhaps Macedonian apocalipse....... ;-)

Hang on, did I just read a comment saying; "a so-so show", The apocalypse IS coming!

As a Neophyte of the hermetic teachings I do believe in modern science and our understanding of the world as well as some truths behind the Mythology of the ancients. Therefore I find it very unrealistic that anyone ever was able to predict something like that on the day or even on the year. But what are all the myths by the end of the world?

The book "Earth Under Fire" by Ph.D. Paul LaViolette explains the Super Wave Theory. According to him it is very likely that mankind has seen a galactical core eruption every 15-20 thousand years. The result would have been cataclysmic but certainly not the end of the world. If it is true it is likely to happen again. And again. And again...

Uhh... This is not really a prediction of Ragnorok. Seriously. Follow the sources. It's a viral marketing campaign for http://www.jorvik-viking-festival.co.uk/

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