Do you feel that arctic nip building upon the wind? It’s a feeling like no other. A cold which grips you. Shakes you. Becomes an unwanted part of you. That is winter, my friend. And winter be coming …. soon.
Or, well, that is what they are saying from one Norse/Viking site to the next. They say that the Viking Apocalypse called, Ragnarok, will soon be upon us. I am talking like — February 22, 2014 — kind-of-soon.
Now, whether this is truly set to happen or not, who knows. I sure don’t. I can tell you a few things I have picked up , though, while researching one of my favorite ancient cultures. Ready? Don’t worry. I’ll keep it short.
1. Ragnarok doesn’t necessarily mean the doom and gloom that has been stapled to it. In fact. according to the more recent experts (of our day) on the matter, it seems the whole doom and gloom bit was a mistranslation on somebody else’s part. A quick trip to Wikipedia can explain the details of all that, though. However, if you are stuck on the whole end of the world theme, no matter what myth you ride, neither one truly ends up being THE END. Get my drift? Well, maybe it’s the end of ends for certain Gods, but new gods take the throne and a whole new world is fashioned from the old– (ours, as of right now, being the old.)
2. Supposedly, this whole thing is also marked by 3 long winters. Winters colder than any other and with no summers in between them. So that would be 3 years of winter, I’m afraid. I found out last night – thanks to someone who loves history as much as I do, that in the middle ages, we actually had a mini ice age. Check that out HERE. (Love me some Wikipedia!)
So what are the signs?
Lots of sites list different ones, but some of the basic ongoing themes are the three winter deal (makes me think of Game of Thrones) and then there is the whole swallowing up the moon and sun bit. In the end, two humans sleep through the entire thing (inside a cave) and help repopulate the earth after the sea lets go of it. Yeah, did I forget to mention that part? The entire world will be swallowed up by the sea, Oh yeah, and the humans will live in harmony with the new gods– whoever THEY turn out to be.
Got any more details to share? Throw us a comment and let me know!