Ragnarok is Upon Us, Vikings Predict World Ending Today

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Ragnarok is Upon Us, Vikings Predict World Ending Today

According to Vikings, "Ragnarok," or The End of the World is happening today, February 22, 2014.

Look around; is the apocalypse happening around you? If not, well, it should, as according to "experts" in Norse mythology from the Jorvik Viking Center, Ragnarok, or the end of the world to us non-Viking folk, will happen on February 22, 2014 -- which is, you've guessed it -- today. This prediction was announced last year with the sound of an ancient horn being heard on the "rooftops of York" in November last year, which is a "portent of doom" and the beginning of a countdown to the Norse apocalypse.

The horn, named Gjallerhorn, belonged to Norse god Heimdallr, and is used to warn people that Ragnarok will be happening in the next 100 days, with the final day being the 22nd of February. According to the legends of Ragnarok, the god Odin will be killed by the wolf Fenrir and the other "creator" gods will fall, before the earth is born anew for its human re-population. Coincidentally, this countdown event is the same day as the grand finale of the 30th JORVIK Viking Festival in the city of York.

Danielle Daglan, director of the JORVIK Viking Festival states, "Ragnarok is the ultimate landmark in Viking mythology, when the gods fall and die, so this really is an event that should not be underestimated...In the last couple of years, we've had predictions of the Mayan apocalypse, which passed without incident, and numerous other dates where the end of the world has been pencilled in by seers, fortune tellers and visionaries, but the sound of the horn is possibly the best indicator yet that the Viking version of the end of the world really will happen on 22 February next year." Do keep in mind that this announcement was made in November last year, so don't go blame Daglan if the apocalypse isn't happening in your side of the globe.

Now, seeing as it's February 23rd where I am, and I've yet to be taken to Valhalla, I'm going out on a limb here and say today is not the end of the world. Don't blame the Vikings, though, even the Mayans and Nostradamus got that one bit wrong, too.

Source: JORVIK-Viking-Center

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Gotta say, if there is an apocalypse myth out there that's true, I hope it's the Norse version. Ragnarok > Revelations any day. :P

...Well, now the only real question remaining is who blew the horn last year and why did they do it if they knew it would trigger the apocolytic countdown?
Although, seriously, The term "Viking Centre" is probably one of the greatest terms I have ever heard.

HERREGUD, DET HÄNDER FAKTISKT
Not rly, lol

Better sleep with my hammer tonight

Sweet, looks like I get a lie-in tomorrow.

It being the sabbath, an' all.

Isn't there suppose to be an unyielding winter that lasts 3 years before Ragnarok happens? I know this polar vortex thing has been really cold but you're kinda jumping the gun.

My basic attitude is that the starting portent is dubious in it's qualifications. When a divine horn is blown signaling something like this in the proper fashion it's not going to be a local event I wouldn't think. Whether it's norse or Gabriel blowing his horn, I think the idea is that everyone, everywhere, hears it, not just some people in one particular location.

Oh, and one of the "cool" things about apocalyptic stories is that a lot of different stories involve the appearance of some sound that is supposed to inform people that it's coming, and usually it's supposed to be directed "at earth" as opposed to in a limited fashion. I haven't kept track, but I believe that's another common thread a lot of those weird ancient aliens people point to once in a while.

That said, if everyone, everywhere, suddenly hears a horn at the same exact moment and it makes the news and such, that's when you might want to start thinking in terms of prophecies and such. A "divine occurrence" heralding an extinction level event is not going to be something many people would have a chance of missing I don't think.

I'm in New Zealand, so it's already the 23. Ah, well. We're meant to have a hail storm later today, so there's that.

If they'd said it was 3 years ago in 2011 (when we had that devastating earthquake here in Christchurch which practically levelled the city) then I would have believed them more.

Haven't people stopped saying the same lies "the world is going to end this year" year after year for more than a decade ?

Voulan:
I'm in New Zealand, so it's already the 23. Ah, well. We're meant to have a hail storm later today, so there's that.

Same story here in Australia. Not much going on besides drought and I think Ragnarok would be a bit more dramatic then that.

Stavros Dimou:
Haven't people stopped saying the same lies "the world is going to end this year" year after year for more than a decade ?

It won't stop because people in general tend to be pretty dumb in regards to these things so there's always plenty of suckers to step in to fill all the roles. Plus plenty people more than willing to be the 'prophet that can see it all'.

Therumancer:

My basic attitude is that the starting portent is dubious in it's qualifications. When a divine horn is blown signaling something like this in the proper fashion it's not going to be a local event I wouldn't think. Whether it's norse or Gabriel blowing his horn, I think the idea is that everyone, everywhere, hears it, not just some people in one particular location.

Oh, and one of the "cool" things about apocalyptic stories is that a lot of different stories involve the appearance of some sound that is supposed to inform people that it's coming, and usually it's supposed to be directed "at earth" as opposed to in a limited fashion. I haven't kept track, but I believe that's another common thread a lot of those weird ancient aliens people point to once in a while.

That said, if everyone, everywhere, suddenly hears a horn at the same exact moment and it makes the news and such, that's when you might want to start thinking in terms of prophecies and such. A "divine occurrence" heralding an extinction level event is not going to be something many people would have a chance of missing I don't think.

Therumancer said it all. When the Horn Gjaller does sound you will all hear it and I expect some serious panic out of you then. Don't disappoint me :)

r_Chance:

Therumancer:

My basic attitude is that the starting portent is dubious in it's qualifications. When a divine horn is blown signaling something like this in the proper fashion it's not going to be a local event I wouldn't think. Whether it's norse or Gabriel blowing his horn, I think the idea is that everyone, everywhere, hears it, not just some people in one particular location.

Oh, and one of the "cool" things about apocalyptic stories is that a lot of different stories involve the appearance of some sound that is supposed to inform people that it's coming, and usually it's supposed to be directed "at earth" as opposed to in a limited fashion. I haven't kept track, but I believe that's another common thread a lot of those weird ancient aliens people point to once in a while.

That said, if everyone, everywhere, suddenly hears a horn at the same exact moment and it makes the news and such, that's when you might want to start thinking in terms of prophecies and such. A "divine occurrence" heralding an extinction level event is not going to be something many people would have a chance of missing I don't think.

Therumancer said it all. When the Horn Gjaller does sound you will all hear it and I expect some serious panic out of you then. Don't disappoint me :)

and then people cant hear it because of headphones.

actually, probably the reason it didn't happen today.

Nothing is more depressing when you and your God Bro's are getting ready to end the world and those fucking mortals dont pay attention.

Yeah bad news it's the 23rd here in the UK so no dice Raganarok!

Even if this did happen, I still wouldn't get the day off from work.

I wonder if people promote these "end of the world" prophecies out of some belief that they'll get to say "I told you so" if they actually happen.

Stavros Dimou:
Haven't people stopped saying the same lies "the world is going to end this year" year after year for more than a decade ?

Try the past... forever. People have been predicting the immanent end of the world pretty much since the world proverbially began.

...and seriously, even as a person who practices Asatru (Northern European Paganism), this is dumb. I regard Ragnarok as the end of the Baldur story, something to offset the overall fatalistic attitude of Eddaic lore with at least a little bit of hope for a better future (and, frankly, probably inspired at least somewhat by Christian mythology, since the Viking era was well into the Christian era).

Since the poems of the Edda were likely composed in Iceland, I suppose we just have to wait until the 22nd passes there, but... oh, wait, it's already after midnight there, so we're all good: no Fire Giant or World Serpent this time.

Darth Sea Bass:
Yeah bad news it's the 23rd here in the UK so no dice Raganarok!

I live on in the West of the United States, but your comment made me think of something interesting. What would happen if it really did happen, but only happened on the exact day? What I mean is, what if everyone in New Zealand suddenly started vanishing/dying/world exploding whatever, and then as the 22nd day slowly caught up the rest of the globe, the End of the World would come with it? Like the people here in the U.S. would be forced to sit and watch as the world was destroyed, until the 22nd finally caught up to us and then it was our turn. Man, that would suck...

Anyway, I think it would be amusing to fight in a final battle at the end of the world. That is what happens in Ragnarok, right? Humans get to fight too, right? Because I don't just want to sit it out if it happens.

You know, since people have been saying 'no, the world is TOTALLY going to end next month' forever, eventually, one of them is going to be right, even if it is a total coincidence. They're probably going to be an ass about it too, going all 'see, I bloody told you!' in between the burning or drowning or whatever it's gonna be...

Considering the weather today and the last end of the world in 2012, I'm beginning to think people are confusing apocalypse days with days where the weather is unusually nice.

Well, here in utah, anyways.

How many times does the end of the world have to fail to arrive before people will stop going on about it?

It's not happening for another five billion years, so shut up about it until then!

Solvemedia: learn. challenge. improve.

See? Even a stupid computer has some good advice for you doomsayers!

Alex Co:
Now, seeing as it's February 23rd where I am, and I've yet to be taken to Valhalla, I'm going out on a limb here and say today is not the end of the world. Don't blame the Vikings, though, even the Mayans and Nostradamus got that one bit wrong, too.

[pedantic-quibble]
But that's a terrible sign to judge whether the world is ending! You only go to Valhalla if you die as a warrior in glorious battle. Everyone else goes to Hel, where they will await the appointed hour, in which they become zombie foot soldiers for Loke's assault on the Aesir.

So technically, it's the fact that you're not a zombie that signifies today isn't the end of the world. Though there's also the fact that a giant wolf didn't swallow the sun, and all of Midgard wasn't bathed in Surtr's fires. Those are good indicators as well.
[/pedantic-quibble]

Well...the wind is slightly more gusty and loud than usual...but no, not particularly end of the worldy. But it's night time, so I can't really tell if the sun is gone, though can't see the moon either...

I haven't seen or heard any signs of Thor doing battle with Jörmungandr, and I don't think that that would be the sort of thing that goes unnoticed, so I'm going to guess that there will be no Ragnarok today.

Hmmm, no, I don't think so. Had a nice day today. True, I fought and killed my doppelganger, plus torched Frankenstein's monster, but the end of the world? Just wasn't in the cards today.

Sorry, Vikings! It was actually A NICE DAY IN PITTSBURGH! That never happens!

Ah, another end of the world story. I remember that $50 I won when I bet some whack-job that the world wouldn't end on June 6 2006. I bought chocolate milk.

Ragnarok is here ?!?!?!? Well, in that case, hit it GWAR !!!

So THAT'S what all that noise early this morning was all about. Thor was hurling lightning bolts at something (it's been a while, I don't remember the details of Ragnarok. The giants were involved, I think?). Made it hard to sleep.

Alex Co:
In the last couple of years, we've had predictions of the Mayan apocalypse, which passed without incident, and numerous other dates where the end of the world has been pencilled in by seers, fortune tellers and visionaries, but the sound of the horn is possibly the best indicator yet that the Viking version of the end of the world really will happen on 22 February next year."

I'm a bit lost here, so given that none of the previous "end of the world" predictions happened, it means that the Ragnarok is going to happen? The logic here... I understand not.

And it's kinda funny that people still talk about the Mayan thing, since even Mayans said "no, the world's not ending."

Really now. A guy blew a horn in York 100 days ago and that's the sign of the apocalypse?

Hmm... Ragnarök was supposed to be preceded with three years of continuous winter. This would be preceded with a period, where humanity would abandon all morality and fighting and incest would be commonplace. Also, one of the early signs of Ragnarök would be the disappearance of both the moon and the sun.

It's kinda hard to miss those little things.

NinjaDeathSlap:
Gotta say, if there is an apocalypse myth out there that's true, I hope it's the Norse version. Ragnarok > Revelations any day. :P

I came in here to say the exact same thing. If any religion was right about the end of the world, the Norse would have to be my favorite contender.

The world already ended. At the precise moment that it was December 21st 2012 all around the world, "Gangnam Style" reached a billion views, ensuring the total triumph of K-Pop, as the Mayans and Julia Gillard predicted.

That date seems oddly specific considering the prediction comes from a culture that didn't even use our current calender.
Also as I post this it'll be Feb. 23 in an hour where I am and I still haven't reached Valhalla yet so I'm calling bullshit on this one.

canadamus_prime:
Also as I post this it'll be Feb. 23 in an hour where I am and I still haven't reached Valhalla yet so I'm calling bullshit on this one.

You have to die in a glorious battle to get to Valhalla.

Funny... if the world really was ending, there'd be a lot of signs for scientists to pick up.

Actually, animals would act crazy or very unusual if an event to that scale was happening. Scientists would certainly pick up hints of the Earth/weather/atmosphere acting up. The only question is... even if they got all the evidence that they needed- would we be able to avoid dying? Because the end of the world is like... a global thing.

Guess you can consider what the actual disaster is to determine the damage it'll bring. Even an earth shattering earthquake won't kill everyone off. Perhaps a giant meteor that crashes into Earth? Who knows.

I don't want the world to end. Even if all these people try to convince me by mythology standards, stories, or other factors... unless it's a HUGE red flag that everyone's picking up on- I am not going to buy it and enjoy my day as usual lol.

lacktheknack:
The world already ended. At the precise moment that it was December 21st 2012 all around the world, "Gangnam Style" reached a billion views, ensuring the total triumph of K-Pop, as the Mayans and Julia Gillard predicted.

But Australian high priestess Gillard was slain by her brethren Rudd before the prophecy could be fulfilled.
We were saved on that day and the mythical nature of Australian politics continued.

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