Is the World Going to End Today? The Vikings Think So!

Ever heard of Ragnarok? No? Well, here’s what it is in a nutshell: the apocalypse. Based on a series of Norse myths, Ragnarok is actually about the foretelling of a series of future events including the death of Norse gods after a major battle, a whole bunch of natural disasters and at the end of it all, the end of the world. And apparently, that “end of the world” date, according to the Vikings, is today.

Norse folklore claims that since we’ve had three incredibly cold winters in a row, the end is neigh. More particularly:

In Norse mythology, Ragnarok goes down after the god Loki’s wolf grandson Skoll eats the sun, a very unchill thing to do. His brother eats the moon. This somehow unleashes their wolf-dad, Fenrir, a noted bloodthirsty curmudgeon.  The Midgard snake Jormungand will surface from the depths of the sea. It gets worse from there. All the gods, like Odin, Thor, and some others that do not currently have days of the week named after them, show up to fight each other. It’s kind of like the Hunger Games but with pissed-off ancient deities. The earth will sink, the world will burn, and things will get maximum gnarly, death-wise.

Well, that sounds dire. However, apparently after all of this death and destruction, the world is recreated as a perfect paradise, which sounds slightly more promising.

Clearly the world isn’t ending – just like it didn’t during Y2K, or last year or the year before that or any other time the end of days was predicted. Sure, it’s fun to believe in – and museums do pull in some extra tourist money from those wanting to partake in the hype – but generally, it’s a day like any other – at least on this end.

Anyone else commenting from the other side of the apocalypse?
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