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Vikings and the end of the World

Viking apocalypse due in less than 100 days

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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 22 nd 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

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

Sounds like Narnia!

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

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

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?

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