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Nov 18 2013

Another End of the World? Already?

Man, it seems like we just managed to survive Harold Camping’s predictions of the end of the world, twice in one year, and the famous Mayan apocalypse a year ago. Now we’ve got another impending demise to stare down, this one apparently from the Vikings (and not the football team, which plays badly enough to make their fans wish for the end of the world).

If Vikings were here today, the sounding of a distinctive horn in York would have created chaos.

The ancient instrument, blown last night, signalled exactly 100 days until the end of the world, according to Norse mythology.

Legend has it that the Norse God, Heimdallr, would blow the mythical Gjallerhorn to warn of the Viking apocalypse, also known as ‘Ragnarok’.

Ragnarok, which translates to ‘Doom of the Gods’, is due to be preceded by the winter of winters.

Vikings believed, prior to the apocalypse, 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.

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.

Norse mythology experts have calculated that Vikings believed this will take place on February 22, 2014.

The good news is that date is my brother’s birthday. One less present to buy.

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  1. 1
    Brett McCoy

    It sounds like a good evening to put on the most brvtal heavy metal concert ever.

  2. 2
    roggg

    Could we please end the world BEFORE valentine’s day instead of after?

  3. 3
    jd142

    What a nice coincidence that it just happens to coincide with events at the museum. Not that I approve of this foolishness as a way to market the museum, but my Norwegian ancestors invented marketing. “Gee guys, we discovered two islands, Greenland and Iceland. Tell you what we’re gonna do. We’ll sell you lots on Greenland and take Iceland for ourselves. Just bring your gold and sign on the dotted lines. Don’t worry about us, we don’t mind the ice.”

    It’s only mild foolishness, but full on foolishness. :)

  4. 4
    raven

    Ragnarok, which translates to ‘Doom of the Gods’, is due to be preceded by the winter of winters.

    If you miss Ragnarok, don’t worry about it.

    Apocalypses are like buses. There is always another one coming along.

  5. 5
    scoobygang

    How are we meant to squeeze in ‘three freezing winters with no summers in between’ before February next year?

  6. 6
    Michael Brew

    I love Norse mythology. It’s just got this blatantly fatalistic “we’re all gonna die but let’s go down fighting” ethos you don’t find in a lot of mythologies. This is pretty BS, though.

  7. 7
    busterggi

    “Norse mythology experts have calculated that Vikings believed this will take place on February 22, 2014.”

    Where did they get that from? I’ve been reading Thor since back when he was featured in Jouney Into Mystery and fought commies every other issue and not once did that date get mentioned.

  8. 8
    Rip Steakface

    Sonofa… that’s my birthday, damn it.

  9. 9
    marcus

    Repent Now A-Thorist !
    Your time is nigh.

  10. 10
    eric

    @5, @6, @7 – its not serious. As @3 points out, this is event advertising. So IMO they get points for a highly amusing PR stunt.

    I particularly liked this bit: “we’re also looking for fantastic displays of facial hair, so that we can identify those with the potential to take us into the brave new world that is foretold to follow Ragnarok,”

  11. 11
    Alverant

    Sorry about that. My fault. You see that wasn’t the Horn of Doom you heard, that was me. My friend bet me I couldn’t eat $20 worth of Taco Bell food. I won … kind of.

  12. 12
    grumpyoldfart

    Who’s making money out of this one?

  13. 13
    iplon

    Same birthday! Can’t wait to celebrate.

  14. 14
    colnago80

    Also Washington’s birthday.

  15. 15
    dugglebogey

    Ragna-rock sounds like a heavy metal music festival.

  16. 16
    Reginald Selkirk

    George Washington’s birthday as well.

  17. 17
    Reginald Selkirk

    First the bad news: the world is going to end.

    Now the good news: no more ABBA music.

  18. 18
    matty1

    This is why you shouldn’t get your news from the Daily Fail (well one of the reasons). They or at least their readers seem unable to tell the difference between a marketing campaign using fiction and a serious claim.

    In case you are wondering the events actually run till till the 23rd of February and are followed by events about the War of the Roses well into summer.

    Next week’s headline “Alien invasion imminent” complete with quotes from a mysterious doctor and no mention at all of a certain TV special.

  19. 19
    jd142

    @6 – I wouldn’t call Ragnarok fatalistic. Ragnarok ushers in a Golden Age. After Surt destroys the world in fire, the surviving gods, and Balder and Hoder[who killed Balder with mistletoe] back from Hel, find Lif and Lifthraser, the last two surviving humans. The sun’s daughter takes her mother’s place in the sky, the earth is renewed and every one lives happily ever after.

    Vidar[son of Odin] and Vale[son of Odin]
    Dwell in the house of the gods,
    When quenched is the fire of Surt.
    Mode[son of Thor] and Magne[son of Thor]
    Vingner’s[son of Thor] Mjolner shall have
    When the fight is ended.

    Lif and Lifthraser
    Will lie hid
    In Hodmimer’s-holt.
    The morning dew
    They have for food.
    From them are the races descended.

    A daughter
    Is born of the sun
    Ere Fenrer takes her.
    In her mother’s course
    When the gods are dead
    This maid shall ride.

    So that’s pretty hopeful.

  20. 20
    Doug Little

    Oh it’s so much better than Christian mythology. If there is a correct mythology please let it be Norse. I think they are in trouble with their Winter of Winters though.

  21. 21
    Doug Little

    It’s not real until Amon Amarth write a song about it.

  22. 22
    freehand

    Thor dammit! I hate driving my long commutes during the winter, and now you’re telling me I have three in a row, just before I retire?!

    How do I get a spot in Valhalla fighting and feasting until Ragnarok – go down fighting, right? Better than stuck in ice during a blizzard again. Hmmmm.

  23. 23
    Joshua

    This seems somewhat appropriate…

    The Saga of Biorn

  24. 24
    caseloweraz

    Who’s this Hati? I thought it was Fenris who ate the Moon.

    Eric: I particularly liked this bit: “we’re also looking for fantastic displays of facial hair, so that we can identify those with the potential to take us into the brave new world that is foretold to follow Ragnarok…”

    Because a full beard is required in order to survive fimbulwinter, eh?

  25. 25
    drl2

    My mother-in-law’s pastor has told her that Jesus must be coming back any day now because the Earth is being approached by a comet called “I, SON”….

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