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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. It is said to bring a new life after the battle.
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 Odin, Thor, Tyr, Frey, Heimdall, and Loki), the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water. Afterward, the world will resurface anew and fertile, the surviving and returning gods will meet, and the world will be repopulated by two human survivors.
Events preceding Ragnarök
- Birth of Loki's children (Fenris, Hel, and Jormungand)
- 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 right hand in the process.
- Because the two had a dream, Frigg asked everything to not harm her son, Balder, but overlooked mistletoe. During a celebration party, he is killed by Loki out of jealousy and boredom when he tricked Hod into throwing a dart made of poisonous mistletoe at him.
- Hel promises Balder back if everything in the nine worlds cried for him. After the Aesir gods sent messengers, they did so, including Frigg who never cries, except a female giant named Þökk who was really Loki in disguise, so Balder will only be resurrected at the end of the world.
- As punishment, Loki is bound to a slab of rock with the entrails of his sons, Vali and Narvi, and a snake from Skadi (for his flyting at Aegir's hall) was put 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.
- Frey gives away his sword, Sumarbrander, to marry Gerd, the Jotnar.
- Events of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
- The Lord of Fire Giants, Surt, attempts to free Fenris Wolf with Sumarbrander but ends up banished back to Muspellheim. Fenris is rebound with a stronger rope and Magnus Chase takes Sumarbrander. (The Sword of Summer)
- Loki tricks Randolph Chase into using Skofnung to cut the binds of his prison. As soon as he's free, Loki kills the snake above him. (The Hammer of Thor)
- Sigyn abandons Loki while Magnus shrinks him in a Flyting contest and imprisons him in a walnut. It is given to the gods so he can put back in his bindings and his cave will be in a more secure location. (The Ship of the Dead)
- Sam checks on Fialar's egg by having Thor inadvertently take Eggther's harp. (9 from the Nine Worlds, My Eighth-Grade Physics Actually Comes in Handy)
- Garm escapes his cave due to Thor, so Hel has Thomas Jefferson Jr. get him back with Balder's help. (9 from the Nine Worlds, Nice Doggy)
- Surt attempts to convince minor gods to join his side at Ragnarok but Alex Fierro has them join Odin's side and takes Surt's fiery sword. (9 from the Nine Worlds, I Play with Fire)
- Fimbulvinter ("Mighty Winter") - a harsh winter, lasting three years, during which the entire Midgard shall freeze and all life will cease to exist.
- The only two human survivors, Líf and Lífþrasir, will hide in the branches of Yggdrasil.
Events during Ragnarök
- Sons of Fenris - Skoll and Hati - who are responsible for chasing the Sun and 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.
- Three Roosters shall hatch and crow to announce the beginning of the battle: Gullinkambi in Valhalla, Asgard awakening the gods and Einherjar; Fialar in the forest of Gálgviðr in Jotunheim awakening the Jotnar; and an unnamed soot-red rooster (named "Nameless" by Odin) in the halls of the underworld location of Helheim. This happens while the cheerful Jotunn herdsman, Eggther, plays his harp on a mound.
- 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.
- 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 on Naglfar, steered by Hrym, towards Asgard.
- The sky will split in two and Surt and his army of Fire Giants will come through and ride across the Bifrost Bridge, which shall collapse under the weights of all those monsters and giants.
- The armies of both Loki and Surt will advance to the field of Vigridr for the final battle.
- Seeing the enemies, Heimdall shall blow his warning horn - Gjallar - so loud, it will be heard in all Nine Worlds.
- Odin shall lead his Einherjar out of Valhalla and into the battle.
- 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.
- Thor shall slay Jormungand, but will fall victim to the serpent's venom sprayed on him after taking nine steps.
- Loki and Heimdall will kill each other.
- Tyr will die fighting Garm, but will manage to kill the Hellhound.
- When the gods are dead, the einherjar will fight the giants and monsters until the very end.
- Surt will kill the god Frey using his own sword, Sumarbrander, and incinerates the Nine Worlds with his full power, killing everything in the process.
- After burning Asgard, the oceans shall rise and engulf the Nine Worlds in water. Yggdrasil, the World Tree, will be destroyed by water.
- From Yggdrasil's roots, a new world - called Gimle, the New Asgard - shall emerge.
- Líf and Lífþrasir will repopulate the world.
- Balder and Hod are resurrected by Hel, and they reconcile in the new world to come.
- Gimle will be a peaceful place with no wars, violence, and conflicts. The new population of humans will live in peace, prosperity, and happiness.
Magnus, Sam, Blitz, Hearth, Alex, Thomas Jefferson Jr., Mallory Keen, and Halfborn Gunderson go on a quest aboard Mikillgulr (Big Banana) to prevent Naglfar from sailing and marking the beginning of Ragnarok.
I Play with Fire
- Some of the few gods that will survive Ragnarök are:
- Vidar as he is destined to avenge his father Odin.
- Frigg who will cry for only the second time.
- Hel since she will revive Balder.
- Balder, he will be the ruler of the new world, Gimle (the new Asgard).
- Hod, who is resurrected along with Balder.
- Modi and Magni, sons of Thor.
- Hœnir who helped Odin create humans.
- 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.
- Fimbulvinter served as the inspiration for the Hundred-Year Winter in C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
- Wikipedia, Ragnarök article
- 9 from the Nine Worlds, My Eighth-Grade Physics Actually Comes in Handy
- A Brief Guide to C. S. Lewis: From Mere Christianity to Narnia. Constable & Robinson Ltd, Sep 27, 2013. pg. 118