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Ragnarök (also known as the Twilight of the Gods, Doomsday or Götterdämmerung) is a series of future events foretold to ultimately result in the death of major Norse Gods, the burning of the Nine Worlds and the subsequent submersion of the world in water.

In Mythology

Ragnarök is a series of future events, including a great battle foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the Gods OdinThorTyrFreyHeimdall and Loki), the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water. Afterwards, the world will resurface anew and fertile, the surviving and returning gods will meet, and the world will be repopulated by two human survivors.[1]

Events preceding Ragnarök

  1. Birth of Loki's children (Fenris, Hel, and Jormungand)
  2. Odin makes Jormungand bite his tail and throws him into the sea of Midgard, Hel becomes queen of Helheim, Tyr binds Fenris Wolf but loses his hand in the process.
  3. Balder is killed by male Loki when he trick Hod into throwing a poison dart at him.
  4. Hel promised Balder back if everything in the nine worlds cried for him. They did so, including Frigg who never cries, except female Loki so Balder will only be resurrected at the end of the world.
  5. Loki is bound to a slab of rock with the entrails of his sons Vali and Narvi with snake over him dripping caustic venom on his face. His wife, Sigyn was there to catch the venom but it burned Loki's face when she had to empty it.
  6. Events of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
    1. The Lord of Fire Giants, Surt, attempts to free Fenris Wolf with Sumarbrander but ends up banished back to Muspellheim. Fenris is bound with a stronger rope. (The Sword of Summer)
    2. Loki escapes his prison and kills the snake. (The Hammer of Thor)
    3. Magnus Chase shrinks Loki in a flyting contest and imprisons him in a walnut. (The Ship of the Dead)
  7. Fimbulvinter ("Mighty Winter") - a harsh winter, lasting three years, during which the entire Midgard shall freeze and all life will cease to exist.
  8. The only two human survivors, a man and a woman, will hide in the branches of Yggdrasil.

Events during Ragnarök

  1. Sons of Fenris - Skoll and Hati - who are responsible for chasing the Sun and the Moon to eat, will finally reach their targets. Sól and Mani, the gods and representations of Sun and Moon respectively, will die along with the stars and sky.
  2. Three roosters shall crow to announce the beginning of the battle: Golden Gullinkambi in Valhalla, Asgard awakening Odin and the Einherjar, Crimson Fjalar in the forest of Gálgviðr in Jotunheim, and an unnamed soot-red rooster in the halls of the underworld location of Helheim. This happens while the cheerful Jotunn herdsman Eggthér plays his harp on a mound.
  3. Garm, Hel's watchdog of the Underworld, shall roar. At this time, the bindings of both Loki and his son, Fenris Wolf, shall come loose.
  4. Loki and Fenris shall exact their revenge. This is when the Midgard Serpent will emerge from the waters and Loki, with his giants and allied monsters, will sail towards Asgard.
  5. Seeing the enemies, Heimdall shall blow his warning horn - Gjallarhorn - so loud, it will be heard in all Nine Worlds.
  6. The Bifrost Bridge shall collapse under the weights of all the monsters and giants.
  7. Odin shall lead his Einherjar out of Valhalla and into the battle.
  8. The All-Father and his spear Gungnir will be swallowed whole by Fenris, but his son - Vidar - will avenge him by ripping the wolf's mouth apart with his giant boot. Odin's wife, Frigg, shall cry for the only second time in her life.
  9. Thor shall slay Jormungand, but will fall victim to the serpent's venom after taking nine steps and drowning in the poison.
  10. Loki and Heimdall will kill each other.
  11. Tyr will die fighting Garm, but will manage to kill the Hellhound.
  12. When the gods are dead, the einherjar will fight the giants and monsters until the very end.
  13. Surt will kill the god Frey using his sword, Sumarbrander, and incinerates the Nine Worlds, killing everything in process.

Post Ragnarök

  1. After burning Asgard, the oceans shall rise and engulf the Nine Worlds in water. Yggdrasil, the World Tree, will be destroyed by water.
  2. Balder is finally resurrected by Hel and he will be the lone ruler of the new world to come.
  3. From Yggdrasil's roots, a new world - called Gimle, the New Asgard - shall emerge. It will be a peaceful place with no wars, violence and conflicts. New population of humans will live in peace, prosperity and happiness.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

The Sword of Summer

Odin is assembling an army, the Einherjar, to help him for Ragnarök, while Surt is desperate to free Fenris Wolf, in order to start Ragnarök sooner.

The Hammer of Thor

Helgi tells Magnus Chase, Samirah al-Abbas, Blitzen, Hearthstone and Alex Fierro that if they can catch Loki before he can set sail on Naglfar in the middle of summer then Ragnarök can be delayed.

The Ship of the Dead

Magnus Chase, Samirah al-Abbas, Blitzen, Hearthstone, Alex Fierro, Malory Keen, and Halfborn Gunderson go on a quest aboard Mikillgulr (Big Banana) to prevent Naglfar from sailing and marking the beginning of Ragnarok. 

Trivia

  • Only a few gods will survive Ragnarök
    • Vidar as he is destined to avenge his father Odin.
    • Frigg, who will cry for the second time.
    • Hel since she will revive Balder.
    • Balder, he will be the ruler of the new world, Gimle (the new Asgard).
  • In some, but very few, versions of Norse texts, Frey and Surt will kill each other before the nine worlds burn. That way, it won't seem like Surt will go off Scot-free.[2]

References

Start a Discussion Discussions about Ragnarok

  • What do you think about Ragnarök?

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    • I feel Ragnarok is an inevitable event. It can be delayed, but not prevented. And it should not be prevented. Ragnarok might mark the end of ...
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    • In Norse mythology, we know that if Ragnarök comes to pass, it would mean the destruction of the gods and the Nine Worlds. I'm not s...
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