Ragnarok

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If you were looking for the realm based in West Bend, WI, please see Ragnarok (realm).


Ragnarok: (1) (Icelandic) [from ragna plural of regin ruler + rok sentence, judgment, reason, ground, origin] In Norse mythology, the time when the ruling powers (gods) return to their ground, are reabsorbed in their divine origin. The judgment is their evaluation of the life that has just been completed. Ragnarok has commonly been called the twilight of the gods, probably because of confusion with rokkr (twilight). It has also been interpreted as they age of fire and smoke, because in Swedish rok means smoke. However, in Icelandic it has a more sacred meaning referring to wonders and signs, and the departure of the gods to their home ground, the source of their being. Sourced from:[University Press]
(2) "fate of the gods" is the battle at the end of the world. It would supposedly be waged between the gods (the Æsir, led by Odin) and the evils (the fire giants, the Jotuns and various monsters, led by Loki). Not only will the gods, giants, and monsters perish in this apocalyptic conflagration, but almost everything in the universe will be torn asunder. Sourced from:[|Wikipedia]
(3) In the Viking warrior societies, dying in battles is a fate to admire and this is carried over into the worship of a pantheon in which the gods themselves will one day be overthrown at Ragnarok. Exactly what will happen, who will fight whom, and the fates of the participants in this battle are well known to the Norse peoples from their own sagas and skaldic poetry. The Völuspá (Prophecy of the Völva (female shaman)), the first lay of the Poetic (or Elder) Edda, dating from about 1000 AD, spans the history of the gods, from the beginning of time to Ragnarok, in 65 stanzas. The Prose (or Younger) Edda, written two centuries later by Snorri Sturluson, describes in detail what would take place before, during, and even after the battle. Sourced from:[|Wikipedia]


Ragnarok: The Dagorhir(tm) equivalent to Armageddon.
See also: Dagorhir


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