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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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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.

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.

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

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

It's a reference to "Game of Thrones"

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