Ragnarok: The end of the world
Janill Gilbert stashed this in Myths
What is Ragnarok? The Vikings belived that the world oneday would end as we know it, they called this day for Ragnarok, also spelled Ragnarök in old Norse.
Ragnarok is the doom of the gods and the humans. It will be the final battle between the Aesir and Jotuns. The battle will take place on the plains called Vigrid.
I saw some references to this a few weeks ago floating around social media, maybe it came up due to the 3 years of long cold winters in some places?
The signs of Ragnarok:
We will have a long and cold winter that, will last for three years with no summer in between. The name of these uninterrupted winters are called "Fimbulwinter" During these three years, the world will be plagued by wars, and brothers will kill brothers.
A beautiful red rooster "Fjalar" which name means the "All knowner", will warn all the giants that the beginning of Ragnarok has begun. At the same time in Niflheim, will a red rooster warn all the dead, that the war was started. And also in Asgard, will a red rooster “Gullinkambi” warn all the gods.
Heimdall will blow his horn as loud as he can and that will be the warning for all the einherjar in Valhalla that the war has started.
This will be the battle to end all battles, and this will be the day that all the Vikings “Einherjar” from Valhalla who had died honourable in battle, to pick up their swords and armor to fight side by the side with the Aesir against the Jotuns.
The gods, Balder and Hod will be returned from the dead, to fight one last time with their brothers and sisters.
Odin will with his eagle helmet equipped and his spear Gungnir in his hand, while riding on his horse sleipnir, lead the enormous army of Asgard with all the gods and brave einherjar to the battleground at Vigrid.
The Jotuns will together with Hel, and all her dishonorable dead, sail in the ship Naglfar, which is made from the fingernails of all the dead, sail to the plains of Vigrid.
The dragon Nidhug will come flying over the battlefield, and gather as many corpses for his never ending hunger.