Friday, February 21, 2014

British Viking Group Predicts End of The World (BTW, It's Tomorrow)

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM

A group of British Viking enthusiasts is predicting that the Viking apocalypse, Ragnarok, will take place tomorrow—Saturday, Feb. 22—the Daily Mail reports.

The Jorvik Viking Centre, which will celebrate the feast of Jolablot through tomorrow, has speculated that Ragnarok will take place at the end of the feast. According to the Prose and Poetic eddas, Ragnarok is a war between monsters that have escaped from the realm of Hel, and a coalition of Norse gods and the dead heroes who inhabit Valhalla. 

Richard Wagner wrote an opera on the subject called Gotterdammerung—"Twilight of the Gods"—and if the event takes place, inhabitants of the world can expect epic spectral and temporal battles, massive human strife and the ultimate destruction of the world by fire and water. Two wolves will eat the sun and the moon. When the waters recede, all that will remain will be the heroes and gods from the great war and two humans, Lif and Lifthrasir.

If it doesn't take place, participants in the Jorvik Viking Festival will still be the clear winners, drinking mead and staging mock Viking battles in the British city of York at a Renaissance fair to (possibly) end all Renaissance fairs.

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