[The tale is told so well by Mr. Lindeman that I decided to print it as it stands, with a few personal [comments] added here and there. This is part of a series on the End Times, as examined by different traditions. In this edition of the series, we will begin to draw a few connections between these different cultural themes.]
Ragnarokr, "Doom of the Gods", also called Gotterdammerung, means the end of the cosmos in Norse mythology. It will be preceded by Fimbulvetr, the winter of winters. Three such winters will follow each other with no summers in between. Conflicts and feuds will break out, even between families, and all morality will disappear.
This is the beginning of the end.
The wolf Skoll will finally devour the sun, and his brother Hati will eat the moon, plunging the earth [into] darkness. The stars will vanish from the sky. The cock Fjalar will crow to the giants and the golden cock Gullinkambi will crow to the gods. A third cock will raise the dead.
[The theme of the dead coming back to life at the end times can be found in Zoroastrianism and Christianity. While this image is not specifically alluded to in Hinduism, it is hinted at. In a reference to the great warrior who will manifest to lead the battle at the end, "the ganas, the ghosts, fiends, imps and fairies, all of them will hail Him".]
The earth will shudder with earthquakes, and every bond and fetter will burst, freeing the terrible wolf Fenrir.
[And Loki. The Mayans believe that the current age will end in earthquake, while Revelation 16:18 states, "Then there were flashes of lightning and peals of thunder and the most violent earthquake that anyone has ever seen since there have been men on the earth."]
The sea will rear up because Jormungand, the Midgard Serpent, is twisting and writhing in fury as he makes his way toward the land. With every breath, Jormungand will stain the soil and the sky with his poison.
[The skies are already being poisoned with radiation.]
The waves caused by the serpent's emerging will set free the ship Naglfar, and with the giant Hymir as their commander, the giants will sail towards the battlefield.
[This makes four of the end time traditions that call for a major battle at the end, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity and now Norse.]
From the realm of the dead a second ship will set sail, and this ship carries the inhabitants of hell, with Loki as their helmsman. The fire giants, led by the giant Surt, will leave Muspell in the south to join against the gods. Surt, carrying a sword that blazes like the sun itself will scorch the earth.
Meanwhile, Heimdall will sound his horn, calling the sons of Odin and the heroes to the battlefield. From all the corners of the world, gods, giants, dwarves, demons and elves will ride towards the huge plain of Vigrid ("battle shaker") where the last battle will be fought. Odin [Mercury] will engage Fenrir in battle, and Thor [Jupiter- from the translations of the names of the days of the week] will attack Jormungand. Thor will be victorious, but the serpent's poison will gradually kill the god of thunder. [As Jupiter, Thor represents the sky, which, as already has been referenced, will be poisonous.]
Surt will seek out the swordless Freyr, who will quickly succumb to the giant.
[Freyr is the god of sun and rain, and the patron of bountiful harvests. Bountiful harvests will give way to the destruction involved as the Earth takes a beating.]
The one-handed Tyr (Mars, again from the translations of the names of the days of the week) will fight the monstrous hound Garm and they will kill each other. Loki and Heimdall, age-old enemies, will meet for a final time, and neither will survive their encounter. The fight between Odin and Fenrir will rage for a long time, but finally Fenrir will seize Odin and swallow him. Odin's son Vidar will at once leap towards the wolf and kill him with his bare hands, ripping the wolf's jaws apart.
Then Surt will fling fire in every direction.
[To repeat, from earlier in the myth, "Surt carrying a sword that blazes like the sun itself will scorch the earth." Kalki, in his incarnation as Vishnu carries a great sword, usually in connection with the winged white steed that he rides, and it is sometimes depicted as a blazing sword of fire. The Zoroastrians believe that a great comet will hit the Earth, causing all the minerals to melt, a fire through which all humanity will have to pass. In Revelation, it is a fiery lake of burning sulphur.]
The nine worlds will burn, and friends and foes alike will perish. The earth will sink into the sea.
[The world of the past will sink into the sea. The Age of Pisces, ruled by Neptune the Lord of the Sea is coming to a conclusion and with it, the old ways will pass as the 'sea' itself begins to disappear with the end of the age just as the new ways begin to re-establish themselves.]
After the destruction, a new and idyllic world will arise from the sea and will be filled with abundant supplies. Some of the gods will survive, others will be reborn. Wickedness and misery will no longer exist and gods and men will live happily together. The descendants of Lif and Lifthrasir will inhabit this earth.
[Just like the Hindu, Zoroastrian, and Christian myths suggest. The names have been changed in order to protect the innocent. In each of these traditions, an extended period of peace will follow the final battle save for the Hopi. Their tradition says nothing about a battle, but states that the world will live in peace after the 'original teachings' have once again been shared by their respective traditions (the Red, Yellow, Black and White races).]
Ragnarok does not mean "Twilight of the Gods"; that phrase is the result of a famous mistranslation. "Ragnarokr" means "doom of the powers" or "destruction of the powers" (where "powers" means "gods").
[The 'o' in Ragnarok is supposed to have an umlaut over it. My browser doesn't like it, and hence, it's been omitted.]
[Again, the old ways are over. The archetypes of the old stories will need to be recrafted in light of the new vibration. In a more mundane translation, oil, as our chief energy source, will give way to a new, cleaner and free 'fuel' for the people and the planet.]
[It is easy, and we have become very practised at emphasizing the differences that exist between cultures. What I personally find more interesting, however, are the similatirites that exist between the various story-lines. Is it conincidence that the overall choreography follows a similar plot, were they all simply copying each other (an argument could certainly be made along these lines with the Zoroasterian end time themes), or do they each arrive from a similar source of stellar insight and have each been dressed in their own particular robes and associations?]
[Only Time will tell.]
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